I'm in love with a glass rod.
It's the most luscious, delicious shade of red I have ever seen. It's Creation Is Messy's Sangre.
It doesn't require striking, it's already red. It stays red, too, when I work it on my pitifully slow HotHead. This afternoon, I made two of the most beautiful wrapped disc beads -- a pair for earrings -- and not only did they stay that beautiful red, they stayed whole.
Well, they stayed whole until I fiddled with one and it exploded in my fingers. Sigh. I really really want to make disc beads....I have such terrific ideas for jewelry with them....but disc beads do not like me.
But I have this beautiful red glass. I think I need to order more.