Large Focal Beads, Or
Everything but the kitchen sink

Having gotten over its initial bright ’n’ gaudy phase, the art glass bead movement seems to be heading towards more subtle effects and colors—browns and greys, matte, rock-like surfaces, dull copper or silver staining instead of brilliant gold leaf.

Not me. I haven't been making beads long enough to appreciate all that subtlety. Give me bright clear colors (though I've finally come to appreciate the value of transparent tints, and not just rods in colors at full blast), shiny leaf, and, of course dichro.

Dichro comes in many colors and patterns, and in these beads, I use ’em all. Like most of the beads I make, these are hollow, though they start out as slim cylinders before I add three to four layers of glass, sometimes with additional decorations of two or three kinds of leaf, reduction frit, and of course, dichro. Lately I've been softening the dichro with pixie dust.

An assortment of dichroic focal beads—maybe my next postcard?

Most of the dichro beads shown below were made in early 2004, and in almost all of them, the bead release broke. What this principly means is that sometimes the holes are a little uneven. They don't always sit straight up and down, either. I know there are beadmakers out there who refuse to sell beads with the slightest flaw, in the holes, or anywhere else. I applaud the sentiment, but have yet to reach that level of perfection. So I settle for something decently made, and knock a few bucks off when the hole ain't perfect, which is what I'd expect if I were purchasing the bead: while I have nothing against collectors, I make my beads with the idea they're going to be strung. And stringing, thank goodness, hides a lot of problems with less than perfect holes. All of these beads are made on 3/32” mandrels, and you can click on the images below for a bigger version. If you are interested in purchase, (or even if you're not) feel free to email me (see bottom of the page for address). In any case—Enjoy.


tags updated 13nov17 (from ‘dichro_focals’); removed prices 28dec17