I finally dug my way through my studio to my torch this week, thanks to cleaning out the office closet for some added storage. Any time it’s been a while since I’ve turned on the torch, I kind of wonder if I’ve lost my touch in the interim. So I didn’t try anything tricky last night; I started with a couple of twisties, and then used them for some basic beads of various sizes and shapes. I only burned through one mandrel, a 1/16″ one while making three beads on it, but I actually managed to save all three of them. These haven’t been cleaned yet, since I wait until I have a big ol’ batch to do before I sit down to clean them all at once.
The tiny ones are for fellow artist Polly Becton (Treasures From the Sea). She uses some of my beads as accents in her seashell jewelry, & I had promised more earring beads to her some time ago. I don’t have any plan for the larger ones yet, so I will just have to see what they become.