Between working hard to help the international students in our program register for the next eight week academic term, and fixing a plumbing leak, I haven't been at the torch for a few days. However, I've got some time tonight, and I am looking forward to it!
Meanwhile, here's a new ETSY listing, a tube focal bead with a raku twistie. I like working with raku glass twisted with intense black. The raku turns all sorts of beautiful colours in the torch's heat, depending on how you work it (and, some say, whether the Raku Gods are with you), but the black stays crisp and dark. On an ivory background, you also get reactions like the ones you see in this bead.