What to do with Disk Beads

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Borosilicate Disk Bead Pendant Idea Though I love the visual impact of a series of disk beads strung together,a singular bead can also create its own impact.

I enjoy making this shape and wearing it, though it does carry with it additional working time. Sometimes I case the bead with a heavy layer of clear because I love the depth and play of light it creates in the design, but many times, such as with the bead above, I prefer to have the colors sitting closer to the surface and so only thinly case them. It is rare that I make a bead without a clear casing of glass.

Currently when creating my beads I don’t use any special tools. I have used the same ones for years and they consist of only mandrels, tweezers, a graphite marver and, on occasion, a small pair of mashing pliers, though I am once again eyeing the lentil bead press I experimented with years ago.

My gift to Billy

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horn from the 1870's
Horn that belonged to Billy’s Great-Grandfather

Here is what I gave Billy, notably the hardest person in the world to buy for, for our anniversary. It is a picture I took of one of his prized possessions and framed one for his office at home and work. It is a horn that had been passed down by his great grandfather and given to Billy by his dad. His great grandfathers name and the date 1891 were carved into it.

In a Pickle

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Pickled Asparagus

White and Green Pickled Asparagus

I went through a ‘back to the land’ period in my life some years ago. We had two acres of land and my grand plans were to ultimately lead an almost completely sustainable lifestyle. I loved it.

I had a huge garden, baked bread (even collected my own wild yeast for my biga), and tried every odd canning (and candy- let’s not forget the important stuff now!) recipe I could find. I did research on raising chickens and trout but stopped short of planning for cattle and sheep due in part to the concern that I might just end up with a lot of very big pets that I would have to sustain vs. having them sustain me. 

Sometime I hope to be able to give those days a whirl again, but for now I’ll have to satisfy myself with a couple tomato plants and buying produce to can. I got a great deal on asparagus this year and I decided to pickle it. It has to sit for a month before opening but for now it looks rather pretty sitting on a cabinet shelf.