Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I love/hate spacers

I will start with the hate part. Spacers are a pain to clean, because they are so small it is challenging and scary to hold on to them when I clean out the bead release. As long as we are on the subject, I think most glass bead makers will agree, that cleaning beads is the dull and time consuming part of our craft. However it is a very important part. If all of the bead release is not removed and the beads are strung, you will constantly find a powdery substance on you and your beads every time you wear your jewelry. So add that to the checklist when looking for quality lampwork beads.

Now for the love part, I love seeing all those colorful spacers lined up when they are done. This is also a teaser of what to expect this Wednesday, so don't forget to stop in tomorrow.


kelleysbeads said...

I agree about cleaning out the bead release. I want a studio boy for cleaning out beads who is content to work for meals.

Gorgeous colors!

SummersStudio said...

My job isn't as tedious as yours with ceramic pieces but I have to agree that cleaning up is the least interesting part of the process. I love all of the beautiful jewel tones you've got pictured here.

Gardanne said...

Hi Kelley, love your new beads that Lorelei featured on her blog. Looks like we have a mutual love of frit.

Hi LeAnn, those new glaze colors are right up my alley and the koi design is beautiful.

belvedere beads said...

Agreed, right now I have a sore pointer finger from skewering myself with the bead reamer.