Last night’s crystal-shaped beads were more successful than they’ve been in the past. Definitely I don’t need to be making encased crystals until I get the unencased ones down, though! These also look better in lighter colors, and in transparent/translucent colors.
Also, I love my two Zoozii’s XXL presses (the Kalera XXL and the Straight-Sided Lentil SSL), but boy are they a headache to make anything with in borosilicate glass with my smallish torch! I made ONE Kalera XXL last night, and no matter what I did I could not quite get it pressed down all the way. It still looks good but it’s a little fatter than it’s supposed to be and the corners aren’t nice and crisp. That’s not enough to send me back to soft glass, though!
This weekend has to be my last big bead-making push for a bit, since I’ll be in Roanoke next weekend. I wish I was going to have more new items for week after next’s show, but it’s just not going to happen. I’ll have to ponder some interesting color combinations to work with over the weekend — any ideas?