Bead Of the Month

February 2021: Red Pendant

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February 2021: Red Pendant

  February seems to be the appropriate month to talk about the color red. It can be brilliant and strong like the dragon in the Chinese New Year’s parade or warm and luscious in our Valentines roses.  Throughout history not only has it symbolized courage, danger and sacrifice but also love, passion, anger, sexuality and joy. We employ it every day in some aspect of our lives, making it a very dominant color. The human eye sees red when it looks at light with a wavelength between 625 to 740 nanometers. Red is the color evoked by light that our...

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January 2021: Pink Flower Implosion Marble

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January 2021: Pink Flower Implosion Marble

Enamel (also known as crushed glass) has a long and very interesting history. When you start to think about enamel and it’s applications, it may conjure up visions of the heavy pots on your stove or possibly the old piece of jewelry in your mother’s collection. The fact that it can be applied to gold, silver, copper, aluminum, stainless steel and cast iron makes it incredibly versatile. It becomes an even more attractive medium when one takes into account it’s many other special qualities; it has long lasting color, it is smooth, hard, and scratch resistant and does not burn....

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December 2020: Orange Implosion Cabochon

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December 2020: Orange Implosion Cabochon
This implosion style bead is made up completely of dots. The dots are gently pressed into the clear glass dome and then consistent heat allows the clear to travel from one side to the other, pulling the dots with it. This bead has four layers of those dots which creates a nice flower pattern. 

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November 2020: Turquoise Barrel Bead

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November 2020: Turquoise Barrel Bead

This month I would like to share a few thoughts about my obsession with murrini making. Each murrina flower slice that you see in the bead comes from a length of cane that has been prepared before the bead is created. Starting with a warm core of glass the murrini is built from the inside out, often ending up to be half the size of my fist. This gather is then heated evenly and pulled down to a usable size of 5-15 mm diameter. This ancient glass technique was employed by the Roman glass producers and later revived by the Venetians...

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