View Full Version : Finished Bead pens

12-04-2003, 06:39 PM
I bought a few in the bulk buy and finally got around to making them. This was my first attempt:

I though they would be better with a flatter bead. This is on the long shaft and the bead is about 2 3/4" long

This is on the medium shaft with a 2 1/4 " bead.

I tried to do something with the blue. It is close but alittle too fat I think.

Would love to see what others have done!

12-04-2003, 06:42 PM
There's only one word for these: GORGEOUS!:clap:

12-04-2003, 06:54 PM
I am picking my jaw up off the floor. Those look great. I would like to see a black pen with more colors in the bead. I wish I could do it myself. Thanks for sharing.

12-04-2003, 07:15 PM
My Gosh Marna!
How did you get the bead perfect length for each pen?
they are all wonderful!!!
I am still tryin to figure out thou...how did you get the bed perfect length?? ......oh yeah...never mind...I remember now.

yup! I know :D

12-04-2003, 07:34 PM
Oo-whee! This one's my favorite, Marna! Yummy.
Originally posted by mhartjen
I bought a few in the bulk buy and finally got around to making them. This was my first attempt:

12-04-2003, 07:35 PM
Gee Marna, those are great! I've tried a pen twice now and on both tries I had the glass a little 'fatter' than I liked. It's a lot of glass to be twirling around isn't it? Do you lay your first glass layer the full finished length of the pen, or do you do it in smaller sections? Curious minds gotta know!

Ellen Altamore
12-04-2003, 08:16 PM
Yowzer, Marna, those are the coolest pens I've seen yet. WTG!!!

bd mercantile
12-04-2003, 08:38 PM
Wow! How elegant looking!


12-04-2003, 08:43 PM
Marna, Those are delicious pens! Thanks for posting pics.

12-05-2003, 04:40 AM
Wow Marna, the drool is now on the keyboard! Beautiful work as always! Miss you.

12-05-2003, 04:39 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the compliments! I start with a big glob of clear, throw on some glass and use heat and gravity to get the shape. It sure is alot of glass! As for the length, I just eyeball it. It just can't be too short. I cheat ... since the shaft is threaded it doesn't have to be exact. Here are some of the beads which I didn't think looked right:
The large shaft size

And the medium shaft size

12-05-2003, 09:49 PM
Marna, You never fail to post something that makes me weak in the knees. Tough choice, but the first one is my favorite.

**Here's a bead pen idea:
I wasn't sure how to present the ones I am making as gifts. It seemed like a cardboard jewelry box was too flat & not "special" or manly enough.
So the other night I was at my local Dollar Tree (a $1 store) and they had a great selection of hard-sided clamshell eyeglass cases. Some plain "leatherette" or reptile-like patterns. Colors like black, burgundy, navy, brown, deep green. They are a perfect size to hold the pens if your pen is screwed down to about 6" or less in length. They would also be nice for beaded keychains or winestoppers.


12-06-2003, 06:38 PM
Thanks for the great idea for the packaging! I will run down to our dollar store and see what I can find.

12-06-2003, 07:57 PM
Drool, gasp, ohhhhh ahhhhh.

I love them. The top one is my favorite too. I think the one beads looks better than the few I have made with many beads.


12-07-2003, 04:44 PM

This was shiny in S&T but decided to etch it:

12-07-2003, 06:52 PM
Yep thats the ticket I dont care too much for round beads on these pens, I like this look so much better Marna...... so how long are the beads anyway?

12-08-2003, 01:25 AM
Stacy ... the medium shaft is about 2 1/4 inch bead which is the floral bead. The large shaft is 2 3/4 which is the copper leaf, pallidum and silver leaf. They can vary alittle because of the long tread on one of the ends. Just can't make them smaller.

12-08-2003, 08:08 AM
These are just beautiful! I have only seen them with a stack of beads and thought they would be tough to write with. Yours are perfect!