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mhartjen
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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Dec-2003/11220-MHH_ST_11_29_03.jpg

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
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_01.jpg

This is on the medium shaft with a 2 1/4 " bead.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_02.jpg

I tried to do something with the blue. It is close but alittle too fat I think.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_03.jpg

Would love to see what others have done!

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

craftylady
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.

koregon
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

suzanneMI
12-04-2003, 07:34 PM
Oo-whee! This one's my favorite, Marna! Yummy.
:clap:
Originally posted by mhartjen
I bought a few in the bulk buy and finally got around to making them. This was my first attempt:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Dec-2003/11220-MHH_ST_11_29_03.jpg

fuzzyone
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!
CK;)

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!

Annabelle

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

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

mhartjen
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
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_04.jpg

And the medium shaft size
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_05.jpg

latitude40
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.


Karen

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

Lara
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.

Lara

mhartjen
12-07-2003, 04:44 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_07.jpg

This was shiny in S&T but decided to etch it:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Dec-2003/11220-beadpen_08.jpg

Stacylynne
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?
Stacy

mhartjen
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.

Brindelle
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!
Jeanie:)