Oh indeed, they do and pretty much have since 2004/5. Yep, it's been that long. Yes, I've delved into many other things like Kumihimo, which I LOVE almost as much as melting glass. Hand dyeing silk cord, making jewelry, new to me making wire trees and also new to me silver clay which I've yet to start but it's melting glass I always come back to. :)
I say 2004/5 because my interest started with making beaded jewelry and that began in '04. I thank Joan Rivers for that as it was the purchase of one of her beaded bracelets that started it ALL. lol ! It was in 2005 I actually took a class in bead making or lampwork or melting glass. Whatever one chooses to call it. lol ! That's when it started. Over the years since, I have been absent from this art/craft many times. I never use to torch in the summer months. In the south, it's just way too hot and humid, for me anyway. So for about 5 months a year, every year, no torching. One month of that is during heavy pollen season which I still adhere to. That brings torching time down to 7 months. On bad weather days no matter what time of year, no torching. At one point, I was off the torch for about 2 1/2 years straight. So that time frame of "10 years" , is a bit misleading. As you can see, not the case. lol !
After having long breaks I feel like I am starting all over again and sometimes that's exactly what I do. I go back to basics. Sometimes, that's exactly what's needed. Like now. I'm "sort of" going back to basics even though I'm playing with frits I've never used. Still, I'm not feeling "pressured" kinda like before when I felt like I had to stock my Etsy shop. Now, I'm just enjoying what I'm doing and if someone wants to buy something, fine. The beads I'm making now are LARGE focal size and perfect for necklaces or maybe even bead embroidery pieces, jewelry or not. It's fun time again ! lol !
So what you see below is the fun I had last week. All the beads I made minus those that ended up in the water can lol ! There are 2 that didn't turn out like I intended and 2 that were a surprise. lol ! All good though. :) If you see any you'd like to have. just leave me a comment below.
Time for me to get some work done today. Thanks much for coming by and I hope you come back again soon ! Stay safe and cool. It's already getting hot ! lol !