A few weekends ago, I took a polymer clay recycling tip and separated my broken beads and tiny stringer remnants by color. Then I smashed them into frit. What you see below are my containers of frit and some of the beads I made with it.
I have an unorthodox method of using the frit; I melt the end of my Moretti Rod, dip it into the frit container, introduce it slowly back into the flame and melt the colors in. I repeat these steps a few more times then I wind the glass onto the mandrel.
Here’s Lampworker Tom Wright on YouTube showing how he adds frit to beads.
There’s also a recent Philadelphia connection. The two 12 foot high bronze statues below, currently on display in City Hall courtyard, are on loan from artist Jun Kaneko to mark the Philadelphia Opera Company’s upcoming performance of the opera. Kaneko originally created brass heads for the Opera Omaha’s spring 2006 performance of Madame Butterfly. See more of Kaneko’s breathtaking set designs here.
Brass Heads in City Hall Courtyard
Here’s a portion of the Philadelphia production.