View Full Version : Petal Bead Tutorial ... by Deronda

Capt Elaine
11-06-2007, 08:37 PM
This is Deonda's tutorial that really helped me finally do a decent petal bead... She said I could post it here....

First what a petal bead looks like....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2007/76608-PetalTut1a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2007/76608-PetalTut1b.jpg

Make a base bead of your color choice. I went a little bigger for the base, so Iíd have room for the dots. Very little of it ever shows, but I used amber (black is good too). I am a lefty, so I hold my mandrel in my right hand and add dots with my left. Either way, make your first opaque dots (I do five) high on the shoulder of the bead (fairly close to the hole) that is the farthest away from the hand holding the stringer. Melt in partially and cover with transparent-it doesnít have to be clear. Melt in completely by heating one side and then the other instead of the middle (this helps the dots begin its stretch). Add another opaque dot so that it is toward the side of the first dot, melt in partially, cover with transparent, but when you are melting it in, keep your flame towards the side of the bead so once again the dot stretches towards the opposite end. Glass follows the heat, so your dots will want to stretch toward the end if you heat only one side. The whole bead will stay warm unless you are making a huge bead, but it doesnít hurt to flash it in the flame now and then. Twirl both ways, so the dots donít start twisting. Continue adding dots, making each one smaller. As you get closer to the final dots, your flame should be aiming closer and closer to the hole (your mandrel will be almost aimed at your chest). If those final dots donít quite make it far enough for you, add another drop of transparent and really heat the hole area. You donít have to encase it if you donít want to.

Here are some rough sketches.


Hope you guys enjoy giving this one a try.... I sure did :D

11-06-2007, 08:44 PM
wonderful, thank you Elaine!

11-06-2007, 10:02 PM
This is so cool:) Thanks Elaine & Deronda! :) :thumbsup: