Bead Of the Month

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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