View Full Version : My first pendant beads!

04-10-2004, 07:21 AM
I don't know what got me started on this, other than I was tired and didn't know what else to make that day. So I made the first one, and just had to make another before I set the kiln to anneal. It was definitely time to quit, I had been at it for 9 hours, what a sore back and shoulders I had that night!

I was playing around and let a bead "droop", and then I flattened it. Never did that before, what fun! I didn't have many tools at the time (just ordered several) so I used the graphite paddle to flatten, and tweezers (short ones, and I burned my fingertips a little!) to pull and twist. These are small, about 1 inch in length. I want to make them bigger for a stronger more stable hole at the top. They are a little fragile looking near the holes.

This is addictive, and I can't wait to get out there and play some more! :D

04-10-2004, 09:04 AM
Lisa those are so cool. Can see why you are addicted. I've often thought tha would be a good thing to do if you really wonked a bead beyond recovery. Nothing to loose. Onalee

04-10-2004, 09:38 AM

I made a ton of these years and years ago -- before I had a kiln.

I'll dust some off and take a picture later, but they have been worn and have not broken! I do believe in annealing, but just did not have one back then. They have survived so I think that if you make some of these and anneal them you'll be fine.

Way to go!

04-11-2004, 10:24 PM
There must be something in the air, because the last few days at the torch have been filled with this type of bead... Here is one of mine!


04-12-2004, 11:18 AM

Ooooh, I love that!! Not only is your pendant a gorgeous pink, but I love the ruffled transparent edges! :)

(checking your ebay!)

04-12-2004, 04:32 PM
Wow! They all look nice! I'm going to have to try some.... :)