Bent beads: This is a new technique for me that only another beadmaker can really appreciate. It is difficult to do because you don't have the stability of the steel rod inside the bead, you only have a fiberglass fabric sleeving. It is a balancing act trying to bend the bead, keep it from cracking, maintain its shape and get it into the kiln all at the same time. I have lots of ideas to incorporate these into jewelry. This is one that I like and photographs well.