First we learned how to make simple, round beads with two colors of glass. You 'simply' melt the glass with a propane burner and roll it on a metal stick that has been coated with liquid clay (because otherwise the glass will stick to the metal). I started out with an opaque grey and a translucent blue. But because I put my beads in the pot of mica too late, two of 'em have cracked, and one cracked in half, aided by the air-bubble:
The other two are still intact:
It's kinda hard to make nice round beads. Molten glass has a consistency like honey, and you have to keep rotating your stick to make a round ball -- so most of my beads are 'kinda' round.
After that, we learned how to apply dots of different-colored glass onto the bead, and either melt it all in or keep the dots 'on top' of the surface. I started out with opaque grey and dotted with translucent green and blue:
Pink opaque(*) with translucent purple and opaque grey dots:
(*): "Pink opaque" is an album by the Cocteau Twins. But that was not the reason I chose that color.
On the left bead, you can see that I dotted with translucent purple and put opaque red on top of it. I like the effect! On the right bead, you can see that the big red dot on the left hasn't been melted in completely:
After that, we learned how to pull molten glass into 'stringers': much thinner rods of glass for smaller dots and lines. We were also taught how to make a cylindrical bead. I made five of those, but they hadn't cooled off completely by the time the lesson had ended -- so I get to see those next week!