Ball Games

Don’t ask me how I went from unrecognizable blob shapes to perfect spheres. Sometimes these things just happen.



Okay, okay, ask me.


How did you go from making unrecognizable blob shapes to perfect spheres, Sarah?


Well, I’m glad you asked.

Every once in a while, usually when my mojo is on vacation, I get the sudden urge to make Dot Beads. I know, I rarely make a bead that doesn’t have dots on it, so I guess most of my beads could be called “dot beads”. But when I think Dot Beads, I think about those crazy beads (crazy in a good way!) that have a million little dots on them, each one perfectly sized and placed. Oh yes, now would be a good time to start making those. So, I light the torch, pull a few stringers, make a base bead, and start putting dots on it.


As I’m making the first few rows of dots, I realize a few things:

  1. This is boring.
  2. I suck at the whole “perfectly sized and placed” thing.
  3. Actually, come to think of it, I have absolutely no desire to make Dot Beads.
  4. Do I really have to finish this bead?

Then, I usually go back to happily swirling colors around and making blobs and things. Things with dots on them, of course.


This time, though, I felt like making “dot beads” anyway. Not those Dot Beads, but hey, dot beads can be anything I want them to be, right? It just so happens that I received a gift from Amnon recently, a graphite mold-roller-thingie for making sphere-shaped beads. Perfect for my “dot beads”.

I have also recently started working with enamels, which make everything more interesting.



Interestingly enough, I found myself hooked, wanting to make more and more sphere-shaped beads with lots of dots on them. Not perfectly placed and sized dots… just dots. Dots and some other stuff.



Then, of course, my oxygen had to run out, because your oxygen always has to run out the moment you get your mojo back, particularly if it’s on a weekend so you can’t order a refill, and the hellish weather just happened to drop by a few degrees which would make torching so much easier. My old friend Murphy wouldn’t have it any other way.


So, it looks like today is going to be a jewelry day. That’s okay, really – I’m dying to torch but I should be making more jewelry anyway.

The beads in this post aren’t on Etsy at the moment because I might be using them. Particularly that last set – I have a strand of unidentified greenish gemstone beads that is going to look amazing with those. In case I can’t figure out what to do with the others, they may show up in my shop sometime in the near future.


In the meantime, I hope you’re all having a great weekend.


1 comment

  1. Pugnacious Capers

    Crazy fun!

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