Here's the marker counters I just made up. the rings are made by wrapping 20 gauge wire around a #10 needle, cutting them, and then hooking them together w/ a charm. Easy Peasy. I did 6 rings on one for the current lace pattern. As for the other, I need to make more rings to make it a worthwhile counter.
btw--the black tile underneath was made by etching dichroic glass (leaf) and fusing it to 2 layers black fusable glass (in a kiln). That would be my other new hobby I started last year.
I would highly recommend doing fused glass. I took classes at the Oakland Studio One. One word of caution, it's also a very expensive hobby.