Friday Fugly,
Or, beads only a creator could love.

So one of the things I've been meaning to do is collect the various failures I've had over the years and show ’em off, cuz of ’em are pretty spectacularly bad. I thought I'd call the feature ‘Friday Fuglies’. With a suitably awful background, of course.

First step, though: don't run of out of propane, mid-bead.

I generally loathe the so-called (by Scott McCloud, no less!) ugly style of comic drawing; but oddly enough I find my failures so ugly they verge on a sort of horrifying cuteness.

Well, you know, it takes all kinds.

20180424

1st time fusing using a donut/pi mold.

 
20170414

Fugly flat braid 14apr2017

 
20160129

failure and fave: 5th in a series of 18" mini-beadcurtain strands 29jan2016

 
20150925

production from 23sep15: recent experiments, mostly with color. Also, reviewing old techniques. 25sep2015

 
20150918

5 shots of so-so beads taken on a battered table. It's all about the technique. 18sep2015

 
20150925

There are many ways to install zippers badly. This page documents some of them. 25sep2015

 
20140502

One `beauty' and a whole lotta beasts. Fridayfuglies for April. 02may2014

 
20140411

I make two beads using a recursive daffodil cane 11apr2014

 
20140314

heart shaped fuglies, courtesy of frances 'n' me:)

 
20140620

Jacketed hollows are a fun technique, but they crack easily. 20jun2014

 
20170420

4 stranded 3 ended disk braid in easter colors. A failed experiment. 20apr2017

 
20130329

I try the hand/fingerloop method of braiding for the first time. And it's awful. 29mar2013

 
20120504

Vetrofond's odd lot 791943 orange sherbet is yummy. 04may2012

 
20120302

How to turn ugly beads into good technique 02mar2012

 
20120106

Cheap lampwork can be a problem...

 
20120330

In which I use a variety of techniques to make some if not actively ugly, then at least frustrating beads. Or, put another way, making large beads with high silver content without a working kiln is probably Not a Good Idea. Also, the Fugly index page. 30mar2012

 
20100611

Fridayfuglies: in which some tigers most grievously fail. 11jun2010

 
20100213

In which I discover why casing ivory with effetre 068 transparent pink is not A Good Idea . Originally posted 13feb10. 13feb2010

 
20100117

Cat heads prove to be frustrating . Originally posted 17jan10. 17jan2010

 
20100108

In which sylvus discovers that reading the directions first is a good idea . Originally posted 08jan10. 08jan2010

 
20091218

How I got from dotties to harlequins . (With some minor not-quite-friday-fugly-worthy efforts along the way.) Here are some originally posted 18dec09. 18dec2009

 
20090501

This week we have five fridayfuglies, one for each day of the work week. Originally posted 01may09. 01may2009

 
20090424

In which I attempt to make tiger heads that do not have the eyes or muzzles sliding off one half of the face. Originally posted 24apr09 24apr2009

 
20090403

While playing with presses I made this odd bead, which actually I quite like . Originally posted 03apr09. 03apr2009

 
20090306

This is more of a Friday Frustrating post, actually. Originally posted 06mar08. 06mar2009

 
20090213

Why you do not want to mix Bullseye and Effetre. Originally posted 13feb09. 13feb2009

 
20081121

Some friday fuglies are sort of cute. But this one, alas, is just a fugly failure . Originally posted 20nov08. 21nov2008

 
20081114

Half decent ribbon cane in blechy colors . Originally posted 14nov08. 14nov2008

 
20081111

Most people think of holepops as mistakes, but I consider them opportunities . Originally posted 11nov08. 11nov2008

 
20081024

A twofer of friday fugly and frustrating, not only for the objects, but the photography too. Sometimes, you just can't win. . Originally posted 24oct08. 24oct2008

 
20081017

Even simple beads may need some development before getting out of the fugly category. . Originally posted 17oct08. 17oct2008

 
20081016

Some of these beads are actually edging out of the friday fugly category in this 300+ exercise to clean up my floral trailing. Originally posted 15oct08. 16oct2008

 
20080606

Semi-pretty Bighole Shard Beads . Originally posted 06jun08. 06jun2008

 
20080425

Cold seals are not a good idea. Originally posted 26apr08. 25apr2008

 
20071119

The very first beads I made with the Color is Messy pallette. Made in October, originally posted 16nov07. 19nov2007

 
20070816

More Gathering goodies, v. 2007 , including some just-a-demo-ugly tests. Originally posted 16aug07 16aug2007

 
20070329

What sandblasting can do to glass beads. Originally posted 29mar07 29mar2007

 
20120127

scream and curl fridayfuglies. Stub 14jan2007, post 27jan2012

 
20120217

A not terribly successful series of Bullseye dichro focals, which at least attempts to document how I refine my ideas throughout the design process. Late 2006. 17feb2012

 
20060331

I made this...um, I think before we moved. Say it's five years old or so. At any rate, I couldn't sell it, couldn't even give it away; it was such a resounding failure I tore it apart to harvest the beads for the lowly bead curtain. Now that silvered stringing cable is available, I wouldn't e...

 
20050529

My earliest and most extremely ugly beads. 29may2005

 

photo 20080322, file & directory, 11apr08.