At the top is my marver with the three types of frit ( tiny glass chips) i used. (you can ignore the red powder, that’s the enamel i used for this morning’s torch session.) Then the two little strips of pure 99.9% fine silver foil – that’s what gives the beads their luscious sparkle.
In front are the two rods used for the base glass. Yup, that light blue rod made that awesome rusty red colour in the back bead as well – cool, huh? It’s called reducing, which means bringing to the surface the metals used to colour the glass. This time i did it kinda by accident but I’m gradually learning how to do it on purpose – it’s really quite a neat effect.