View Full Version : My Introduction and Some Big Beads

David Seckendorf
07-06-2002, 10:01 AM

I haven't really introduced myself yet. I'm David Seckendorf, and I've been lampworking for about four years now. I live in Tucson, Arizona where it's been staying a nice, balmy 105 degrees in my studio most afternoons. The WC is turning out to be a great place to hang out. I'm trying very hard not to get completely addicted.

I make beadmaking tools to help me support my glass habit. I've taken classes with Kristen Orr, Sharon Peters, Loren Stump, and Bronwen Heilman.

After taking Loren's class in April, I've been completely hooked on murrini. I already posted my Harley-Davidson murrini project last week.

Yesterday, I went out to make some smiley face beads but ended up doing some very big hollow beads to see if I still could. I'm really happy with the way the floral came out. It's 1/2" in diameter. My thanks to Bronwen for doing a great job of teaching everyone in her class here in Tucson how to make hollow beads.

My really big beads! (http://desertfireglass.com/bigbeads.html)

I also threw in a couple of photos of my studio. I believe we need to start a "messy studio contest". So far, I'm in the lead!

My "immaculate" studio (http://desertfireglass.com/studio.html)


07-06-2002, 10:13 AM
Beautiful beads! Those babies are huge!

Most of my beads are pretty small though once in a while I'll stretch my wings a little and force myself to make a few big ones. I'm a sucker for trying to do precise tiny details, I still have a long ways to go in precision though!

I was thinking of ordering one of those holders you make, thought it might help keep my workbench a little neater, but after looking at yours ....well, they look like they'd be nice to have but I guess if we're naturally messy when we work then no gadget or gizmo will keep things neat. Not that I still don't like to try new gadgets!

David Seckendorf
07-06-2002, 10:53 AM
Okay, Lezlie, you shamed me into it. I went out and mopped up about a month's worth of scrap.

Here's my cleaned up studio. (http://desertfireglass.com/cleanstudio.html)

Thanks for the inspiration :D


07-06-2002, 10:55 AM
Originally posted by David Seckendorf
Okay, Lezlie, you shamed me into it. I went out and mopped up about a month's worth of scrap.

Here's my cleaned up studio. (http://desertfireglass.com/cleanstudio.html)

Thanks for the inspiration :D


David Welcome and you are allowed to be an addict here..
StacyLynne........ Love your beads :rolleyes:

07-06-2002, 11:46 AM
Hi David, Love your beadsl. Especially love your murrini. Also, great job on cleaning up your bench, but it's sooo tidy it scares me.

07-06-2002, 11:56 AM
Oh David! I didn't intend to shame you into cleaning up (wondering if that would work to get my DH to clean? Nawww!)
My shop is way messier than yours...especially now that you did such a great cleaning job! I've got to clean up and re-organize. Tomorrow, yeah that's it, I'll clean tomorrow, or maybe I'll wait till next month.

Here's my mess, horrifying isn't it? Now that I've shared that maybe I'll be inspired to do something to organize and improve my work environment...or maybe I'll just turn on the torch and make some more beads! :o

David Seckendorf
07-06-2002, 12:05 PM

Now I wish you had posted your pic before mine. You're now in the lead for the contest. :)


07-06-2002, 12:18 PM
So you think some of those rod holders will help?:evil:

I need a maid and a decorator! Or maybe a bulldozer would be more appropriate to handle my disaster area!
Actually it's very organized and works great for me, everything in it place and labeled, but I like to have everything I might need at the torch within an arms reach. I tend to work rather spontaneously and never know what I'm going to need next.

No excuse for the chair though. Even my DH suggested getting a new one, but it's like an old pair of sneakers, not pretty but so comfortable and broken in!

Soooo is the prize for the messiest work table perhaps a Harley Murrini?? (she says hopefully)

07-06-2002, 12:27 PM
ROTFLOL - Lezlie, yes my friend, YOU win the prize... But David wins the award for the lowest tolerance for guilt and the fastest cleanup!

David - that floral is to die for! OK, will you give maybe a brief explanation on how the vines, etc., are INSIDE the hollow? Are these BLOWN beads?

Also, may have to email you off line - need a couple more rod holders....


07-06-2002, 12:30 PM
I don't know Lezlie, you may have David on this one, since he already cleaned up, but yours looks rather organized under some of the clutter. I suspect just a slight clean-up would reveal quite a stunning and organized studio!

Oh David, I love the tools I purchased from you. They work beautifully! Keep those tool designs coming. Loved the beads also!

Best, Valorie

David Seckendorf
07-06-2002, 12:33 PM

It's really pretty simple. I just built up two disks on my mandrel for the hollow bead and applied the decorations to the inside of the disks before I finished building the rest of the bead. Then I applied the flowers as usual.


07-06-2002, 05:30 PM

Great beads! The metallic colors on the outside are gorgeous, what glass are you using? Is that reduction frit?

BTW, I have one of his rod rests... LOVE IT! Need another! Want to try the other tool too... :clap:


07-06-2002, 06:37 PM
Thanks for mentioning how much you like the rod rests David makes. I've really been thinking about trying one (or two) of them out. It's always good to hear from someone who's actually used something before ordering (or bidding). I've also been wondering how the balancer thingy is to work with and if I can fit one more gadget on my torch table.

Rose Queen
07-06-2002, 07:47 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas, David! My studio's definitely a worse mess than yours and I'm a mere watercolorist!

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07-07-2002, 04:51 PM
Hiya David...great beads! :clap:

My work area looks a lot more like yours (pre-clean-up) & Lezlie's than Richard's!


07-07-2002, 06:33 PM
You've got me beat!

07-07-2002, 07:58 PM
great beads! I'm impressed with both messy studios, too!