Hers are way better but I was pretty pleased with my first attempt. Before you get too impressed with mine - go check out her gorgeous beads at eBay and in her Etsy store.
The other bit of learning I did a couple nights ago when I was reading through the latest issue of Soda Lime Times which is all about frit. I was reading, in particular, an article by Val Cox entitled, "Why your frit beads may suck." or something like that. How did she know? LOL. She is an expert on frit, that's how. I would say that I instantly improved my frit beads after reading that article. I mixed up some frit and tried out Val's suggestions.
That's what I like about glass. The more years you work with it, the more you realize there is still so much to learn. It is simultaneously humbling and encouraging. I'm feeling pretty lucky to have such a fun profession and such talented friends to share ideas with. Very lucky, indeed.