View Full Version : Zebra Backs Tutorial

07-02-2005, 02:33 AM
I am sorry I did not do this step by step with an actual bead... but I am sure you get what I am saying. I will try and work on the step by step with an actual bead this week... Hmmmmmmmm think I owe this forum a halibut tutorial too..... :)

I start out with vetrofond black and make a tube bead... about a 45mm long on a 3/16th mandrel.
Make sure the tube is nice and smooth all the way around before you add the white lines.

Then swipe on sideways lines of white from one end to the other all the way across.

Then take a sculpting blade and cut right down the middle... like your going to cut it in half all the way around.

Next, lay in a line of intense black stringer or the vetrofond black then melt that all the way in smooth making your bead like a tube again.

Then super heat half or 1/4 of the bead to molten and twisting on the marver like your trying to smooth it out again, but dragging the glass to distort it. Do the other half the same way.


This will pull the outer edges in a different direction then the middle and give it that zebra back look.
At this point the bead should look like it is a roller coaster or a bell curve.
Next melt the tube bead untill it is nice and smooth.... then add the "end caps" in your choice of black or white. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jul-2005/35973-zebra_backs6.JPG

I really enjoyed making these beads for Beths black and white bead study.

I do beleive I am going to try these out with ivory next torch session.

Hope you all have fun making these.... I sure did!

If you have any questions please email me rather then a PM. It makes it easier for WC and me! :wave:

07-02-2005, 02:36 AM
Oh, sorry if this is a little odd for a tutorial... it's late and it is my first tutorial. :)

Cheers Everyone!

Lori Peterson
07-02-2005, 02:55 AM
FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you Ruth!!!!! (it was really nice chatting with you)

07-02-2005, 02:59 AM
You are very welcome Lori! Hope this makes a little more sense now with pictures. If not please feel free to let me know and I wil try and put together the actual bead pictures step by step this week.

07-02-2005, 03:09 AM
Sorry... This is the actual picture of the one that reads like this.... Next, lay in a line of intense black stringer or the vetrofond black then melt that all the way in smooth making your bead like a tube again.

Don't mind me... Next time this old brain will go to bed instead of trying to do a tutorial! ROFLMBO :evil: ;)

07-02-2005, 05:53 AM
Great tutorial and absolutely love the beads!!!! Thanks for sharing! :wave:

07-02-2005, 06:47 AM
awesome tutorial! Thanks so much!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

07-02-2005, 08:46 AM
Gorgeous beads!! Thanks for the tutorial.

07-02-2005, 09:48 AM
Great job Ruth!!

J. Cross
07-02-2005, 10:10 AM
Thank you for sharing your method fr these beads. Your tutorial was clear and easy to understand. Needless to say these beads are lovely.

07-02-2005, 10:22 AM
Your beads are gorgeous. :clap: I actually saw a picture of those in the black and white thread and wondered how you made them. And thanks for the easy-to-understand tutorial. :clap:

07-02-2005, 11:27 AM
Great tutorial Ruth! Thank you! :D :cool:

07-02-2005, 11:44 AM
Thanks Ruth...those are fantastic! and an easy to understand tutorial that I will definitely try out.

07-02-2005, 12:21 PM
Thanks Ruth!! Those are so pretty! I love zebra beads! They would be fun in tiger animal print as well. :)

07-02-2005, 12:29 PM
Thanks for taking the time to show us (in great details) and explaine it to us. Thanks again. bj :D :D

07-02-2005, 12:32 PM
Thanks so much Ruth! :clap: I just voted, and gave you an excellent for such a fabulous tutorial! :wave:

07-02-2005, 01:07 PM
What a wonderful thing to wake up to! Even beats the heck out of waking up to a kiln full of great beads! Thanks Everyone! You all get my biggest huggy! Sure wish there was a huggy icon!

07-02-2005, 01:10 PM
HINT HINT WC nice folks!

07-02-2005, 02:40 PM
Awesome Possum!!!! :d

07-02-2005, 07:22 PM
Ruth, you´re an angel...thank you for sharing, it was very clear and your beads are just beautiful.


07-02-2005, 09:36 PM
Odd, why would it be odd?

GREAT tutorial and wonderfully clear step by step directions.


07-03-2005, 01:23 PM
Thanks you guys! I used the paint to draw the steps out for the first time and I think I did ok with those. After those classes in high school guess the drafting person in me still likes to play in that direction. I may have to make more tutorials... it was fun. Anyone interested in actual bead pictures step by step tutorial? Think I should submit to Bead and Button or another magazine that does tutorials for bead artists? Any ideas on that?


08-02-2005, 02:52 PM
Could some of you kind people rate this tutorial so it may be considered for the tutorial 101 section? THANK YOU!!! :wave:

Laurie Carroll
08-03-2005, 06:26 AM

Brilliant tutorial and thanks for taking the time to do the clear illustrations. I will definately be using this technique......

Voted as well BTW...


Laurie (Laurence) Carroll
Waiuku/New Zealand

08-03-2005, 10:19 AM
Great tutorial & the beads are lovely!

08-06-2005, 12:00 PM
Great tutorial and gorgeous beads! Thanks!!!

08-18-2005, 01:30 AM
So glad you guys liked the tutorial. If you would please rate it I would greatly appreciate it. Trying to get this placed in the glass 101 section.


08-19-2005, 12:06 AM
It is a great tutorial Ruth, am rating it 5 stars. I read it when you first wrote it, spotted it again and read it again and am subscribing to it as a means of bookmarking it.

I was reading about leopard print beads today and someone in there asked about zebras. I'm off to post a link back to this thread.


P.S. while I'm at it, I might as well link to the leopards too. :D


08-19-2005, 12:16 PM
Awesome!!! Thanks for posting it Ruth...can't wait to try it.


08-19-2005, 04:34 PM
Excellent.....thanks for doing this!!

08-21-2005, 10:20 AM
I don't know how I missed this tutorial....THANKS for bumping it up!! I know what I'll be doing this evening! hehehe :evil:

09-28-2005, 06:43 PM
Guess this tutorial is not worth putting in the glass 101 thread.. eh? hmmpphh! :rolleyes: I'll just take my marbles and leave! :wink2: :D LOL... well shoot... it worked for Corina!:wink2: :D

09-28-2005, 07:07 PM
I certainly think it's worth putting in the 101 tutorials, I like it just the way it is with your very clear easy to understand drawings and explanations. The photos of the beads at the end were helpful in visualizing the process. Lovely beads BTW!

Maybe if you did the step by step photos of the process that would impress the powers that be enough to get it in there. (voted 5 stars)

09-28-2005, 07:30 PM
Guess this tutorial is not worth putting in the glass 101 thread.. eh? hmmpphh! :rolleyes: I'll just take my marbles and leave! :wink2: :D LOL... well shoot... it worked for Corina!:wink2: :D
No Ruth, it is VERY worth putting in, it's a fabulous tutorial. I for some reason have never seen it before, even as much as I'm on the forum! Don't know how, but I did. I've alerted your mod's to add this to the Glass Class Sticky. I've run across a few other too that haven't been added. Unfortunately I can't do it or I'd do it now.:)