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11-14-2007, 10:44 AM
Please make sure to read all the way through first!!! :)
As for the colors....I make a very small blob on the end of the rod roll into frit then keep meltng it down to the size I want before smushing it with the BBQ squishers (technical word) make sure that when you are melting your blob with the frit on it keep at a upward angle so that the frit stays on the outer part of the blob. it produces a kind of vein look....more at the end then at the larger rounded part of the lollipop.
~When I make the "lollipops" I keep them warm with one of those warmers you are suppose to use for candles.


11-14-2007, 11:02 AM
Make a black tube bead with a donut bead shape on the end....
marver keeping the head off the marver this keeps definition between body and head!

~keep the body warm high in the flame
Now lets add the wings!
~grab (with tweezers) one wing off the warmer, flash in and out of the flame so won't break it in the flame.
~once it's warm enough, heat the bottom of it (the part you pulled from the rod to make the lollipop) get it good and molten then attach at the top section of the body.
~do the same flashing with the next wing, attach at the bottom section of the body, making sure to overlap the wings for effect!
~get both wings good and hot but not to hot, push them slightly on the marver so that the parts touching melt together but that there is still definition between the two wings.
~do the same on the left of the body right next to the wings you just made with another set of wings. (by the way I start on the right side of the body, don't know why)
~heat body and wings, but don't loose your shape.

11-14-2007, 11:08 AM
~next tip one end of the wing into the flame and heat, pull out of the flame hold 4 sec. use your tweezers and pull just a little to give the wing a little bit more of a wing shape.
~do the same to the rest of the wings
Here is your butterfly!
With this butterfly I decided to add a "strip" of black on the back of the butterfly!
~heat completely again and pop in kiln, fiber blanket, or whatever method you use to cool your beads!
~enjoy the fruit of your labors!

11-14-2007, 11:12 AM
Just a few tips!!!

So if you want to make a bunch of wings first like I do.....
~make your wings but still use the warmer to keep them warm
~once you are done making wings if you aren't going to make the rest of the butterfly just turn off your warmer and they will cool slowly so as not to break or crack.
~once you are ready to make your butterfly place the cold wings on the cold warmer turn it on and let them warm up for a bit before you try to use them.

Just a tip.....make one or two extra of each color of wing you are going to use. (two per butterfly) It doesn't always happen but occasionally they have thermal shock and shatter when you go to warm them before you place them on the body of the butterfly.

Next tip....If you don't have a kiln to place in right away, I would suggest starting kind of small with the wings. If you get to big with the wings there is a high likelyhood that the wings will crack or break off once they are cooled or are cooling. That is why I bought a kiln (convinced hubby after all the bad words that came out of my mouth!)

You can use the same concept for a fairy goddess just smaller wings! I don't alway use 4 wings per fairy though. I have noticed that if you don't have a kiln two works better on the fairy but still looks very nice.
Here's an example!

11-14-2007, 11:25 AM
This is great Chris!!! Thanks so much for putting it together, with pictures and everything!

11-14-2007, 11:52 AM
No problem! If anyone tries this please post pics! I'd love to see how others interpret my tut....this is the first one posted here in Glass Class 101! Or if there are any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

11-14-2007, 12:39 PM
excellent work Chrise!

11-14-2007, 08:33 PM
Wow! What a well written tutorial!

11-16-2007, 06:11 AM
This is great! Thanks so much for doing this, I can't wait to try them!

11-16-2007, 08:38 PM
Love this one, too:)

11-17-2007, 04:43 PM
Excellent and beautiful!

11-17-2007, 06:44 PM
Excellent tutorial and good pictures. Thank You

01-06-2008, 09:27 PM
Wow! you people really know how to re-motivate!
What a wonderful Butterfly. I like the idea of the candle warmer for keeping beads warm, I seem to get too involved with details and all of a sudden...crack! I am hopeing this will help, Thanks, D.

01-08-2008, 10:03 AM
Fabulous tut! This is the first tutorial I've looked at it in a very long time. Very inspiring!
The top of my kiln (Skutt) is very hot, so I wonder if I could set the wings up there.

01-15-2008, 02:34 AM
Julie~ I would imagine you could just make sure they are cool enough to not melt onto the top of the kiln! I'm not sure about i Canada but here you can get a candle warmer for like $5!
So glad I inspired and remotivated some people! I love to do this kind of stuff!:thumbsup:

01-15-2008, 10:11 AM
I never thought of them sticking to it! Yes, for sure, I would make sure they'd be stiff. I just wondered about the top of the kiln cuz I have a shortage of plug-ins where I torch and it would just be handy without having anything else on my work surface.

01-16-2008, 02:15 AM
I think if it works it is a good alternative to a warmer! Let me know I'm interested to know if it works and how yours turn out!

01-16-2008, 10:26 AM
I will for sure let you know. I'm going to try it today. If it works, I hope my butterfly isn't too nasty so I can show you.

01-16-2008, 11:26 PM
I made several butterflies today and I'm happy to report the top of kiln worked very well. Only broke 2 wings, but that was my own fault. I can't wait to see them in the am.
I also have a tip that I came across mainly cuz I'm lazy - after I squeezed the lollipop, I just used the 'squishers' to continue holding the wing and melting it off the rod. Just kinda eliminated one step. (puttin' down the squishers and picking up the tweezers! How bad is THAT??) Anyway, it made it very quick...

01-17-2008, 11:06 AM
Here's my flock! or herd or gaggle or WHATEVER...

01-28-2008, 04:28 PM
I love butterflies and yours is beautiful .. as matter of fact I have been to Butterfly World twice since I have been in Florida. If you have never been ..you are really missing something wonderful and it well inspire your torch work when butterflies.

01-30-2008, 10:31 PM
Oh Julie those are wonderful!!! Glad the top of the kiln worked for you!!!! Love the color combos you used!

01-31-2008, 12:07 AM
Thank you girls. I have now modified them so they lay flat for pendants.

02-03-2008, 06:49 AM
Great idea...I will have to try that!

04-21-2008, 08:55 AM
Beautiful. I'm going to have to try this. What kind of glass did you use?

04-21-2008, 09:33 AM
I used moretti and lauscha and on one, silver lake frit.

04-24-2008, 10:59 PM
I used "soft" glass don't remember exactly what though now!

04-17-2009, 08:27 AM
BEAUTIFUL Awesome Artist

04-10-2010, 12:28 PM
This looks like fun. I warm my rods on an electric food plate I will try and see if that keeps them hot enough. I want to find the little thingy you used ,My dad has one to keep his tea warm that looks the same.
Nice butterflies Julie.

04-10-2010, 08:35 PM
Thanks! I had forgot I even made them! lol

03-31-2015, 08:48 AM
What a great Tutorial! I will have to try to make one of these beautiful butterflies! Thanks for the info!

03-31-2015, 10:16 PM
Amazing work. I've never worked in glass but looking at your tutorial makes me 'hungry' to try. Perhaps someday I'll have opportunity...so many things to try to learn, so little time to learn them. :) Glad for the lesson, it looks easier than I thought.

Thanks and Blessings,