Crystals & working BIG

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?


  1. //Yeargh! This won't accept html links in comments apparently.I have two suggestions that would look good in my opinion.The first is the black with a hint of red that seems fluid or living, as seen in the robe of the standing gentleman in the beginning of this clip: suggestion, and one that you could likely end up selling a lot of to boot, would be gained by looking at the concept of Materia from Final Fantasy. (I meant to mention it in class one day). More info on materia can be found here: White Materia: Materia photograph: Materia: bead sets: so on.Hope that helps.

  2. I am going to have to check that out, but it will have to wait until after the Roanoke trip and the next show, unfortunately. That means maybe some new stuff for 2010???

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