Once the bead is
finished, it goes into a pre-heated kiln to cool slowly.
The slow cooling is called "annealing" and
it's what keeps the glass relaxed and happy so that my beads
are very strong and break resistant. After the beads are
cool, they are removed from the mandrel, the holes are cleaned
and then they're ready for stringing.
Making beads is an incredibly addictive pursuit. I am constantly
learning and trying new ideas and techniques. Each of my
beads is hand crafted, one at a time, by me. No molds, jigs,
dies or methods of mass production are ever used, so you
can be sure that any bead you get from me is handmade and
a one-of-a kind piece.