Focals Fresh from the Kiln

Northern Lights focal with swirled raised dots, CZs and a lot of depth

Very bold purple, lacy silvered ivory, raised swirled dots and ivory accent dots

It's Tuesday night, and I'm firing up the torch! I am going to try very hard to torch a few nights each week. Above are a few beads from the weekend. I'm so loving this new is so rich with shimmery warm colors, and looks good with just about any color you put it with! I hope I can "score" some more!
Thanks for looking!

Warm, Rich Amber Focal

This is a special order bead for Terri. Done is all different shades of amber, with murrini, raised bubble dots and black accent dots.

New Focals

Here are a few more from last Sunday's torch session.
I should have new inventory to post early next week! Have a great weekend, and thanks for looking!

The Marv is Marvelous!

I was lucky enough to test this new tool for Fultra, and I think "The Marv" is marvelous! I had never used any tool like it, and now find myself using it on every bead I make. It shapes and smoothes out the glass like a dream, is awesome for sealing the edges of dichro and perfect for rolling out murrini. It is well constructed, well balanced, feels great in your hand....and, it is FUN to use!
This is not a paid endorsement...I just wanted to share this very cool tool with my lampworking friends.
Thanks to Fultra for introducing me to this tool!
Description from the Fultra website:
"The Marv is a shaping and sculpting tool for lampworkers. With the brass roller mounted on bearings, it moves smoothly along your work. Much like a rolling pin shapes dough, The Marv helps you shape your glass work.

As you hold the stainless steel handle, roll the brass end along your work to flatten, shape or smooth it. Use it to create uniform edges and push down murrini. Try creating a three-sided bicone or shaping the neck of a vessel.See the Tips page for many ideas on how you can use The Marv in your work. Its the perfect tool at a great price."

Thanks for looking!

New Focal - Bold and Blue


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I have edited this post to include a picture that my friend, Jenny from the United Kingdom, sent me the day after I posted the above bead.
Jenny is awesome at nature photography, a long time interest of mine. Since I have been making beads, I spend most of my free time behind the torch instead of behind the camera. Thanks Jenny for allowing me to live vicariously through you!! The bead, pattern and colors, truly does resemble the Thistle.
Here is a new focal that I did a different technique on (totally by accident), and then heavily encased it to give it a lot of depth. I was so close to dunking it early on, and I decided to try this and a little of that, and I really like how it turned out. I hope I can duplicate this pattern. The colors are so rich and bold! I thought about keeping this one, but decided to list it tonight.

Thanks for looking!

New Focals!


Above are some of the beads from yesterday. I am working on a few orders, and inventory for upcoming shows.

I bought some of the most awesome dichro while at Bead and Button. I will be calling tomorrow to see if they have any left. I used the same dichro in all of the beads above, influencing the shades a bit with the color of glass underneath.

I had so much FUN torching yesterday ~ Now, off to have some more!

As always, thanks for visiting.

New Abyss Focal

Well, I had the chance to make one bead yesterday, and here it is. Above is a new "Abyss" bead with silvered murrini, a few of them left raised.

I'm off to torch the day away, and back to electroforming. If all goes well, I will have plenty to post next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

New Focals Fresh From The Kiln

"Abyss" focal done in green, teal and amethyst, emerald dichro, silvered murrini, a unique raised cane and trailing metallic dots

Above is a Winter White focal bead with golden shimmers

Soft shimmery blues, lacy silvered ivory, trailing dots, CZ's, murrini and a big blue dot on one side

Czech demin blue, dark smokey topaz, murrini and trailing dots

I pulled out my Czech glass ( www. this past weekend and knocked off the dust. I had forgotten how much I love the vibrant colors this glass offers! The transparents are just beautiful!!

Have a great week, and as always, thanks for looking!!

Corning Museum Persepctives Exhibit

I am excited and very honored to be included in the Corning Museum Persepctives Exhibit. Above is the bead that will be on display throughout the summer, and at the GAS conference in Corning New York. Congratulations to all who were accepted!!

New Focals!

Above are a few focals from last Sunday that will be listed early next week.
I am so looking forward to spending the weekend in Milwaukee at the Bead and Button show. I cannot wait to see everyone again, do a little shopping and have some "girly-pal" time with my friends!

Have a great week, and as always, thanks for looking!