The International Society of Glass Beadmakers annual Gathering was recently held in Rochester, New York. I am so glad I attended. As always, I learned a lot. I think that is one of my favourite things about beadmaking - there is always more to learn.
At each Gathering there is a room with a number of technical vendors. This year I bought a wee bit of glass from Frantz Art Glass and two new tools from Arrow Springs. Sometimes my tool choices just don't work out so well, but this year I think I got two great new tools.
The first new tool is a teeny tiny rod holder - it holds little rods of glass and is also pretty tiny itself. I am loving it - I use a lot of stringers in the work I am currently doing and this is coming in very handy. The second tool is a small pinched tweezer tool used for pulling stringers and twisties. I used it today to pull a twistie and - WOW !! - I am so pleased. Usually you have to hold onto the tweezers and squeeze tightly the entire time you spin the glass out - well, not anymore - this is going to make things much easier.