Minihollows, assorted soda-lime glasses. Late 2005 or 2006 (picture was shot in feb06, anyway...) Pliers are to provide scale.
I've had any number of people marvel that I make ‘such small hollows’ because they think making bigger ones are easier. Now, I grant, making ’em this small can be tricky, if for no other reason that if the distance from hole to hole is less than half the diameter of the rod, then the rod will touch (and probably stick to) the first half the bead while you're trying to lay down the second half.
However, people say this about my 10-13 mm beads, which I find mystifying, because that's about the easiest size bead to make on the typical 1/2 (12mm) diameter face torch, ’cuz it's exactly the width of the flame and thus easy to keep the entire bead warm. Be that as it may, teeny tiny beads have to be fun, since no-one's gonna pay for a little lampwork bead when they can get something just as (or close as makes no mind) nice in the czech pressed or austrian crystal lines.
In transparents, anyway. Maybe that's why the striped ones currently fascinate me so...
file originally created 27aug06
red wool with malachite green beads a lime (or apple) green zipper. Lots of progress shots. 01oct2015
This luscious green and purple necklace is full of all the things I love:) It also currently collects together the multistrand pages. 03oct2012
I made this spacerbar charm in green and purple for my own bracelet in the glassact round-robin charm bracelet project. 08dec2009
pink, purple and blue, and —oh yes— greyish ministripeys in which two light sources—cloud diffused sun and tungsten light—are compared for rendering true color. Originally posted 06sep06 06sep2006
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