And the Beads Go On

I’ve fired up my torch after almost two years and I’ve been trying different techniques including hollow beads, encasing and working with enamels and baking soda.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve made so far:

I’m really looking forward to Bead Fest this year.  Aside from seeing all the lovely lamp worked beads,  Wale Apparatus one of my favorite suppliers, is on the vendor list.  How cool is that?

I Love Glass

Did I ever tell you I love glass? Any glass except windows I have to wash, that is.

This glass in the slide show comes from a number of sources: recycled bottles, fused Bullseye glass, scrap stained glass, and dichroic glass. Some is from bottles I smashed into shards and put in a rock tumbler to simulate beach glass. I have not made anything out of these babies yet; I am waiting for them to talk to me.

In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite glass and lampworking sites: Warm Glass, International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Paul Stankard Website, Wale Apparatus, Stephanie Sersich, Wet Canvas (lots more than glass on this site-you could spend days here) Bronwen Heilman, Kim Merriman and Sharon Peters.