Another sculptural bead. I made it using scraps of cathedral stained glass, hence the restricted palette of colours. The blue thing on it's back is a loop for hanging, added as an afterthought. I was trying a duck but its head fell off, have to reheat and rework it and see how it goes.
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Alien Plant

Here's my latest "bead" although it doesn't much look like one.
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It's again in borosilicate glass. Some people think it reminds them of the film "Day of the Triffids" while others think of "Little shop of horrors".I hope it gives you a laugh anyway or at least a smile.

All sorts

I'm trying something new with posting multiple images at once so bear with me since the spider image is repeated.


Glass twists

I've been having fun making all sorts of twists, different sizes, shapes and colours. I'm not sure what I'll do with them but I've had fun. I've also used up some of my many bits of scrap stained glass.
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Technically this is a bead but is in fact a small vessel as the body of it is hollow and will hold aromatic oils. It becomes hollow by blowing through a small bore 6mm blow pipe to expand the glass and then handles etc are added while praying that the rest will not crack while doing so.
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A few beads

I've not made many beads lately but have made just a few to keep my hand in as it were. The top left is a vessel and the two bottom beads are made on curved mandrels. I foolishly decided to enter a cat bead swop on the Frit Happens Forum where you send a few beads to a coordinator who then send you the same number back from other participants. Can you see which three are meant to be cat beads?

Chain Mail Jewellery with Rubber O Rings

I’ve just bought the book “Link It” by Susan C. Thomas and it contains projects using both rubber and aluminium rings. Purple Moon Beads sells the aluminium jump rings but I’m not too keen as the colour coating comes off very easily. One of the projects I’d quite like to try uses 1.6mm wire with a 10mm ID. I’ve made a sample using some of my own 1.0mm and 10mm ID (internal diameter) for quickness and it’s clear that the 1.0mm rings and not sturdy enough to withstand the forces on them so I've ordered some brass and copper rings from The Dragonfly Company.

Copper ring

I made this ring froma tutorial by Donna Spadafore and presented by the website.
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Cheetah type cat

Occasionally, I try a cat face and the one below is the latest,
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The eyes are a bit off but on the whole, I am happy with the outcome. At least I know to make the eyes or at least the pupils smaller next time around.

Fish swap

I am a member of a Forum for mostly British Lampworkers, i.e. people who make handmade glass beads with a propane torch and oxygen. We sometimes have swaps, a bit like the Secret Santa swaps held at Christmas. We are now having a fishy bead swap with some of us buying an E Tutorial by Cathy Lybarger of Aardvarkartglass. You can find her Etsy store here
and my pictures of the fish I've made so far are below

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