So, how's the annealer working? I made the encased beads pictured here with the express idea of testing this out. I've had problems with the old kiln cracking encased beads, especially when the beads had a thick encasement layer or were squashed into lentils. I love the way these turned out. I still can't do florals to save my life, but I thought the lentil came out very well.
This is the same twistie on a base of tamarind with the silvered ivory and squashed in a badly overfilled lentil press. It's a pity. I have to try this again without overfilling the press, because I think it looks pretty neat.
This bead ticks me off. I used a base of white, I think CiM peace, covered it completely with every bit of stringer and twistie I found on the bench, spun it and added ends of tamarind. I love the way the twisties looked and the colors I got, and am fairly happy with the shape of the bicone.
What I'm not happy about is the dimple I left on one of the ends. I don't know how it got past me. It totally wrecks the shape and I should have been able to see it.