Thursday's Bead

I keep trying to perfect my skills and am reasonably pleased with this session of beadmaking. I particularly like the central one but each of these takes me about half an hour to make.
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I've also found that the easiest way for me to maipulate the glass in this type of bead is an old scalpel since the greater mass of metal doesn't allow the metal to melt as I'm using the tool. I still have to plunge it into a jar of water to cool down between each use or the glass sticks to it as I pull away from the bead.
The twirled dots seem to work best with a medium stringer of glass the same colour as the glass I'm moving on the bead.
I haven't tried using a thin mandrel yet but I suppose I'll have to try that next.