It’s been a long time since I made any hollow beads. Really, really long time.
I’m teaching a beginners’ class in Tel Aviv these days, and next lesson is disks and hollows. As yours truly has a tendency to completely demolish hollow beads whenever she is demonstrating them in front of people, she figured she better get some practice before it’s too late. Run for your lives!
Nah. When nobody’s watching, I can make a pretty decent hollow bead.
And since this seems to be the month of finally experimenting with things I’ve been putting off trying for a while, there’s a new design addition – my own shards! Shards are made by building up a little gather of glass on the end of a metal tube, and then blowing it up into a big bubble and smashing it. Turns out, blowing glass on my own torch is really fun. (Smashing stuff is kind of fun too.) So, definitely much more experimentation to be done, but in the meantime, here are the first of the hollow beads with the shards. I hope you like them! If you want one, you can find them on Etsy.