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Red Hot Polka is a large oval-shaped art glass cabochon made from a recycled bead (scroll down for the full story).

I would look great in a piece of wirework and would look just as good simply mounted on a ring base. One of my customers also uses my cabochons in bead embroidery.

Red Hot Polka is made from Effetre glass and is flat-backed. It is about 29mm tall and 18.7mm wide.

Note that this is not a perfectly shaped oval cabochon - one of the sides has a very slight bulge where one of the raised dots was placed when the piece was still a bead (the top edge as shown in the final picture).


These cabochons were lampworked and then slumped in my kiln. Why? Well, there's a bit of a story behind it....

Before I got my grown-up torch and annealed beads straight from the kiln, I made quite a few nice beads that were just never meant to be. That is, they cracked before I could batch anneal them or they cracked during cleaning.

Other beads were uneven - at least I thought so. Others said they couldn't see it, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist... ;)

By habit, I never throw things away if I think I can do something useful with them - my poor broken and uneven beads sat in a box, pining to be pretty like all their torch-siblings.

Then I started experimenting with my kiln - the chipped or broken beads were taken out and put in the kiln for a few hours.... and emerged reborn as beautiful pieces of art!

All of my beads are made entirely by hand and are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln to ensure strength and durability. Each one is then cleaned by hand and thoroughly checked under a magnifying lens for cracks or imperfections; a final check is made at the point of packaging to ensure my valued customers will receive a perfect piece of art.

Please note that I strive to represent all my artwork accurately in my photographs and make them as representative as possible. I photograph all my work under professional lighting in order to show the colours and textures in my work to their full effect. Note that the colours may vary under different lighting conditions or when viewed as a photograph on different computer monitors.

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Jane Hamill
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Art glass cabochon "Red Hot Polka", lampworked and slumped recycled bead, FHFteam Y3, SRA, GBUK

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: effetre, soft glass, italian glass, moretti
  • Ships worldwide from Wigan, United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 197 reviews
  • Favorited by: 22 people