It promised I would get back to my blog,and here we are. I spent most of today in my studio, adding more styles to my stash. Most of my time was cleaning my mandrels and then dipping them into bead release. It is not a very inviting job but unfortunately it is a very important part of making beads. I don’t want my hard work ending as flower sticks instead of using them in a necklace. I had a very tricky design I was working on and I hope it will work out as I had planned. One of my big problems is getting the bead off the mandrel without cracking. Sometimes the glass that I am using just does not compliment the next layer, so one has to be prepared for whatever the glass gods have sent me. I will have to wait for the morning after the beads have been annealed in the kiln.