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  1. These yummy twisties have been made with frit blends. I have used glass rods and frit blends with a CoE 92-96 to make these twisties. They are great fun to make:

     

    1. make a big gather with the base glass, I have used light colours, including, white, cream, light green and light blue for the base.

    2. cover the whole gather of base glass with lots of yummy frit.

    3. melt the frit in and twist into stringers.

    stringers 1b sized stringers 1d sized

     

     

  2. Boho Beads

    spots 9i sized

    Boho Dotty

     spot 1f sized  spots 5d sized  spots 4u sized
     spots 6g sized  spot 1o sized  spots 3f sized

     

    Boho Stripe for earrings

    earing beads 1e sized earing beads 1zz sized earing beads 1j sized earing beads 1u sized  

    Boho Stripe for bracelets and necklaces

    beads 1e sized beads 2d sized beads 3g sized beads 5f sized

    How to make Boho Stripe Rounds

    • Chose a main colour theme, e.g. pea green, opal olive green, red, curry (as above)
    • Chose more colours to go with the main theme
    • Make lots of stringers from the colours chosen
    • Using a light base, e.g. white or cream, make a round bead about 3/4 of the size that you want the finished bead 
    • Wrap coloured stringers around the beads, melt in and reshape (it is sometimes easier to wrap one colour at a time around the bead and melt it in before wrapping another colour around the bead otherwise the colour may run into each other too much)

    I have used some reactive glass in some of these beads, including Gaffer Blue Chalcedony, Gaffer Chalcedony, Reichenbach Dark Multicolour and Reichenbach Iris Dark Brown as these give a great boho effect.

  3.  Testing New Frit Blends

    At the moment my bead addiction is frit swirly beads. Frit swirly beads are such good fun to make and the results are often amazing.
    Here are some beads made with new frit blends that I have been testing.
    new frit blends e sized 300 new frit blends g sized 300 frit beads b sized 300 frit beads a sized 300

    New Frit Blends


    All of these beads have been made with frit swirled with clear glass

    Carrot Cake swirls of orange, red and earth tones.

    Moon Walk swirls of purple, green and earth tones Jungle Juice swirls of yellow/green and earth tones Margarita swirls of turquoise and yellow/green
    new frit beads 1h sized new frit beads 2 j sized new frit beads 3d sized new frit beads 4a sized
    Lily Pond swirls of transparent green, blue and yellow 
     Grasshopper swirls of greens and cream  Carousel swirls of pinks, purples and peaches Nutmeg swirls of browns and creams
    new frit beads 8d sized new frit beads 5a sized new frit beads 12e sized  new frit beads 9b sized
    Tapestry swirls of green, purple and earth tones Cool Water swirls of turquoise and green Sundance swirls of orange and yellow  
    new frit beads 10c sized new frit beads 11b sized new frit beads 7 sized  
  4. Some more Gaffer frit colours are due in the end of next week and will be on the website next weekend.  

    Transparent Colours: Brilliant Ruby, Gold Topaz, Copper Blue, Steel Blue, Jade Green, Olive Green, Emerald Green, Forest Green, Sargossa Green, Citron, and Cherry Red.

    Opaque Colours: Ivory, Duck Egg White, Cream, Weimaraner Brown, Pigeon Grey, Violet, Lavender, Pale Blue, Stratus Blue, Pistachio Green, Carmine, Chocolate, Diablo Red, Ferrari Red, Chilli Red, Orange, Taxi Cab Yellow, and Phil’s Grey.

  5. New Reichenbach rods and frit have just arrived.

    new frit sized

    Rods

    Enamel White, Apple yellow, Crown Yellow, Pea Green, Opal Sky Blue, Opal Light Blue, Pastel Blue, Lapis Blue, Cherry Red Extra, Strawberry, Opalescent Light Blue, Opal Olive Green, Light Beige, New Blue, Opal Blue Grey, Pastel Green and Light Yellow. 

    Frit

    Vanilla, Opal Blue Grey, Crystal, Sari Blue, Brilliant Ruby, Isar Green, Isar Blue, Apple Yellow, Opal Light Green, Pea Green, Pastel Blue, Opal Pigeon Blue, Plum Blue, Mandarin, Curry, Imperial Red, Opalescent Light Blue, Opal Olive Green, Opal Olive Brown, Opal Blue Grey, Rich Grey, White Smoke, Sienna Brown, Mocca, Mustard Yellow, Coffee Brown, Moccasin, Lipstick Red and Blue Green. 

  6. New Reichenbach rods and frit on there way - lots on different colours to be added to the website, as soon as they are here I will post a message. Below are some of the new colours that are coming:

    Rods: Enamel White (could only get 5-7mm diameter rods), Apple yellow, Crown Yellow, Pea Green, Opal Sky Blue, Opal Light Blue, Patel Blue, Lapis Blue, Cherry Red Extra, Strawberry, Opalescent Light Blue, Opal Olive Green, Light Beige, New Blue, Opal Blue Grey, Pastel Green and Light Yellow. Also some restocking of sold out rods.

    Frit: Vanilla, Opal Blue Grey, Crystal, Sari Blue, Brilliant Ruby, Isar Green, Isar Blue, Apple Yellow, Opal Light Green, Pea Green, Pastel Blue, Opal Pigeon Blue, Plum Blue, Mandarin, Curry, Imperial Red, Opalescent Light Blue, Opal Olive Green, Opal Olive Brown, Opal Blue Grey, Rich Grey, White Smoke, Sienna Brown, Mocca, Mustard Yellow, Coffee Brown, Moccasin, Lipstick Red and Blue Green. Also some restocking of sold out frit.

  7. These beads have been made with Gaffer glass CoE 96 and Thompson enamel. Thompson enamel has been made for use on glass with a CoE 104, but has worked well, with no incompatability issues with the Gaffer glass.  I love working with enamel as it produces unusual effects and wonderful vibrant colours.

    enamel sample beads sized

     

    enamel beads 1g sized  enamel beads 2d sized  enamel beads 5b sized
         
    enamel beads 3d sized  enamel beads 7d sized enamel beads 6e sized
  8. Here are a few of my Boho (Bohemian) beads

    I love making freeflow abstract beads and the unconvetional look that this technique achieves. 

    boho k sized boho o sized

     

    boho pink b sized boho green e sized boho blue d sized boho purple c sized
    Reichenbach Opal Raspberry, Gaffer French Vanilla, Purple Rose, Blue Chalcedony and silver foil  Gaffer Forest Green, Celadon, Duck Egg White, Blue Chalcedony and silver foil  Reichenbach Dark Multicolor, Gaffer Denim Blue, Blue Chalcedony, silver foil and Delirium frit blend Gaffer Purple Rose, Lapis Blue, Blue Chalcedony and silver foil 
    boho green and purple b sized button beads d sized  orange button beads f sized  
    Gaffer Lime Green, Purple Rose, Duck Egg White and Blue Chalcedony  Gaffer Russet, Turquoise, Duck Egg White, Blue Chalcedony and silver foil  Gaffer Tangerine, Turquoise, Duck Egg White, Blue Chalcedony and silver foil   

     

  9. Beadbug Blends - Frittie beads made on a base of white. All Beadbug Frit Blends are £2.30 for 25g.

    a wee bit frittie - sand yellow b 200  alien a 200  allure beads size 200  amelie a 200  angelica b 200 
    A Wee Bit Frittie  Alien Allure Amelie Angelica
    apple fritter d 200 baked fritasca a 200 bliss b 200  breeze b 200  casinover b 200
    Apple Fritter Baked Fritasca Bliss Breeze Casinover
    cherry fizz c 200 cupid a 200 delirium a 200 fairy wisp d 200 fancy that b 200 
    Cherry Fizz Cupied Delirium Fairy Wisp Fancy That 
    fantasia a 200  fleur a 200  flirtie birtie a 200  flock f 200  floozie b 200 
    Fantasia  Fleur  Flurtie Burtie Flock Floozie
    flower power b 200  foxglove b 200  fritberry beads sized 200  frivolous b 200  funky frog 200 
    Flower Power Foxglove Fritberry Frivolous Funky Frog 
    glamour puss a 200 glittering fandango a 200  grass scent a 200 harriet ping pong a 200 heaven scent b 200
    Glamour Puss Glittering Fandango Grass Scent Harriet Ping Pong Heaven Scent
    hippie a 200  hypnosied a 200  i love that b 200  irresistable e 200  jingle a 200 
    Hippie   Hypnotised  I Love That  Irresistible  Jingle
    just bee cool a 200  lazy snail b 200  lets dabble a 200  love bug a 200 lovey dovey b 200
    Just Bee Cool Lazy Snail Lets Dabble Love Bug Lovey Dovey
    mesmerised b 200  monty b 200  parisium a 200  pea pod b 200  peony party c 200 
    Mesmerised Monty Parisium Pea Pod Peony Party
    peppy 200 pink pumpkin b200  popsicle b 200 rabbit food d 200  secret recipe b 200 
    Peppy Pink Pumpkin Popsicle Rabbit Food Secret Recipe
    sir laughalot a 200 spellbound b 200  tickled pink b 200  touch of blue d 200  turquoise talola a 200 
    Sir Laughalot Spellbound Tickled Pink Touch of Blue Turquoise Talola
    tutti frutti b 200 very hip b 200 yummy b 200 zippy b 200  
    Tutti Fruttie Very Hip Yummy  Zippie  
  10. Beads made with easy to make veiled cane using a lampwork torch. 

    colour mixing b sized 
     These beads have been made with my take on veiled cane. The cane was easy to make using a lampwork torch, and consists of a white core, which is then coated in colour and then coated in clear and pulled into a rod.

     

    colour mixing d sized colour mixing f sized colour mixing h sized colour mixing k sized
    Gaffer Enamel White, Royal Purple & Clear  Gaffer Enamel White, Ultramarine & Clear   Gaffer Enamel White, Cherry Red & Clear Gaffer Enamel White, Cherry Red & Clear