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BonKel's Bead Blog
Monday, 6 February 2006
Thank you! ThankYou!
Mood:  on fire
Thank you to everyone who has voted for our site at To 25. We are 49th right now! This is the first time we have made the list! WooHoo! Keep voting and we'll see if we can make top 25! You'll have a better chance of winning if you vote often!

Posted by bonkel at 9:58 AM EST
Saturday, 4 February 2006
February is here!
I am so excited! We have a bead group locally where several lampworkers meet and share. We have demonstrations and special guests. I previewed this set to the group and it was very well received! I am very proud of this set. It has an original look and it just beautiful!
Our bead group is holding a spring bead challenge - given how well it was received, I think I shall flame up another set to enter in the contest!

Still open to new ideas so please write us!

Posted by bonkel at 10:55 PM EST
Tuesday, 17 January 2006
Sheesh - Bad Bead Day
Mood:  accident prone
What a rotten day beading! Must be the moon in the wrong house! I must have not been in the right frame of mind. Jamie's recent hospitalization still has us worried. He's back at school which is just as worrisome. I made only one bead today! Not true. Made 15 beads - 14 crapola beads and one great bead. My encased floral split in half. Starfish looked like.... geez aliens! My sea biscuits looked like..... alien by-product. I give for today. Someone please send me an idea. My muse is on holiday!

Posted by bonkel at 4:16 AM EST
Sunday, 8 January 2006
Design Day
Mood:  celebratory
Today was paper and pencil day! I spent most of the day designing my next sets! I cannot wait to fire up the torch in the morning. I have an aquatic set with 5 fish planned, a pink, coral and black set with triangles and tiles, and a follow-up to Samba... adding pea green and ruffles! Should be a fun week of molten glass! Have a great week!

Posted by bonkel at 9:35 PM EST
Saturday, 7 January 2006
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Back on the Soapbox
At 2:59 pm est I checked ebay for my least favorite seller (AH) - there were 1146 SETS of approx 15 so-called handmade beads listed. That's over 17,000 individual beads listed on ebay ALONE! At 20 beads per hour that's 800 torch hours (there are only 168 hours in a week)! LOL! Let's not forget that he also sells wholesale all over the world. Many bead shops even advertise they carry his beads!

The Walmart of the bead world!

Posted by bonkel at 4:05 PM EST
Morning Chores
Mood:  accident prone
It's morning and I have to decide which set to list first. I have names for all but one set now - that's a major accomplishment! I did a series of feather fractals - an ostrich and a peacock. They are pretty fab! My fav set is the SAMBA. I will have pictures loaded later. Now to measure all 60 beads - yahoooooo! Another menial time consuming chore that ebay buyers prefer. Well, I better get busy..... I want a little time on the torch today!

Posted by bonkel at 8:41 AM EST
Friday, 6 January 2006
Welcome to the Bead Blog
Mood:  silly
Now Playing: Bon
Hi all! I have just finished a good start to having a nice web gallery to hi-light our great beads. I spent the morning smashing frit and helping a fellow lampworker get ready for a bead show in Florida. I am wiped out! I have 4 new sets to list on ebay yet - but still need to photograph them and NAME them! Naming sets is harder than making them! Here is a preview:

Posted by bonkel at 4:53 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 6 January 2006 4:55 PM EST

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