I've decided to make a separate blog for my lampworking, pendant making and jewelry making in general. :) Unfortunately, I am currently working with a hothead torch. I know many people love their hothead and some bead artists make such beautiful beads with a hothead but it just doesn't work for me. I bought some Lauscha and Vetrofond clear because I was getting scummy swirlies all the time when working with Moretti clear. Maybe I was holding it too close or something but it is so irritating. The Lauscha works great but unfortunately I bought stringers. I bought some Vetrofond clear rods and they are so stiff and hard to melt with the hothead so I can't get the bead shaped properly because it just takes so long. So in turn I end up with a bead that looks like the following, it started out beautiful for me but then when I encased it with clear it ended up deformed. :( Why is my oxygen concentrator taking so damn long to get here, I ordered it on June 18th and still no oxycon. My mega minor torch sits down there waiting to be used.