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Laura Brito
06-29-2002, 10:46 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Crackle Glass Beads Project
Project Leader: Laura Brito
Relative Difficulty: Easy
Type Restrictions: Glass
Medium: Other
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

This Project will show you how to make Crackle Glass Beads! It will also show you how extreme glass can be treated and manipulated!

Use a Transparent Glass to do this Project. Form your bead on your mandrel. Once your bead is formed to the shape you want it take a metal container of water and plunge your hot bead in it. Take it out pretty fast or it will fall apart. Then reintroduce it into the flame to tack it together so it won't fall apart. Do not heat it up to much or you will lose your crackles. If you do not get enough crackles the first time re plunge your bead into the water. Once you are happy with your results flame anneal it and put it in your kiln for annealing.

I have not tried this with Borosilicate Glass yet, it will work fine with Moretti Soft Glass, I am pretty sure it will work with any soft glass!

Lets see what everyone can come up with! This should be fun!

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=230)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

BlackDotMags
06-30-2002, 01:22 AM
Hey, this sounds like a fun project! I can't wait to see everyone's finished beadies, so sign up and RUN to your torches!!

Thanks, Laura!
Mags :)

b2beads
06-30-2002, 03:47 AM
Hmm, it's 2:30 AM and I just got OFF my torch - I'm running to my bed! But tomorrow...

Just did the plunging thing tonight - so I could make frit. I'll be very interested to see how annealed crackle beads hold up. I love the look, but I've always worried they would be too fragile...

Sounds like fun - already signed up! B2:D

Elankat
06-30-2002, 09:30 AM
Maybe this will give me the incentive to finally light up my torch. Of course, that means I have to clean up the room (large storage room) enough that I can get to my set up.

Hmmm. No one hold your breath on that one. :D

b2beads
06-30-2002, 04:27 PM
OK, been working on some crackles - will post later. Started with clear so I could learn exactly what it does. First bead I took straight out of the flame and dunked. Crackled all the way down to the mandrel and cracked the bead release.

So, next couple, I took the bead out of the flame for a sec to let the whole thing cool down. Then I reheat just the surface. Then I plunged. Less cracking of bead release.

Also, if I plunged twice, bead release comes off mandrel up to the bead holes. If I only do it once, stays fairly intact.

Anyone else have any "lessons learned"? Any suggestions?

B2

Elankat
06-30-2002, 08:30 PM
I've only done this with a large punty or blowpipe. No bead release on those, so I have no advice.

Mike E etc
06-30-2002, 09:13 PM
Well, I am no longer a genius, I will try again tomorrow. Remember, to cracle glass marbles, it only takes 400 degrees.
Mike, really humble, E

TeAnne
06-30-2002, 10:58 PM
Out of 177 projects :( This is the first one I can't sign up for :crying: :crying: :crying: :crying:
Good luck everyone. I'll just sit here and watch. *sob, sniffle*

Ann*S
06-30-2002, 11:26 PM
Well, I went to sign up for this....sounds like a great experiment...and I must have signed up accidently...funny...I am slowly learning my way around this many-facited forum...It's so full of so many wonderful things.
Ann:clap:

Elankat
07-01-2002, 01:13 AM
Originally posted by TeAnne
Out of 177 projects :( This is the first one I can't sign up for :crying: :crying: :crying: :crying:
Good luck everyone. I'll just sit here and watch. *sob, sniffle*

Don't cry TeAnne. If you ever are in Kansas, you can use my torch. :)

Hugz :D

Laura Brito
07-01-2002, 04:31 AM
Often your bead release will come off the mandrel that is ok, because you are not going to melt the bead molten anyway. I should still come off the mandrel. You only reheat for tack. Don't worry about the bead release, it has happened to me before too and it didn't effect it in any way except for making the water a little dirty.

Hope this helps!

Laura

b2beads
07-01-2002, 10:07 AM
OK, here is my first attempt at the crackles.

I thought the clear turned out OK, but the cobalt blue and rubino oro I didn't like. The cracks didn't show well once "tacked", but have a roughish surface it you just do a slight tack. I even made them on a clear base to try and make more transparent.

The bead release cracking I meant is INSIDE the bead. It wasn't of much concern until I tried to get the bead release cleaned out and it got in the tiny cracks, as well and corrupting the "roundness" of the bead hole. Definitely better when I cooled a bit, reheated the outside layers, then plunged.

B2

Ann*S
07-01-2002, 10:17 AM
Beth...
Love the clear!!!
Ann

wildfirelauri
07-01-2002, 10:46 AM
Hey Beth, the clear looks great. LeAnn, where in Kansas are you?

b2beads
07-01-2002, 01:08 PM
Anyone have any idea how these hold up? I'm getting ready to "torture test" them...

B2

Elankat
07-01-2002, 08:59 PM
Originally posted by wildfirelauri
Hey Beth, the clear looks great. LeAnn, where in Kansas are you?

Kansas City...Overland Park, to be exact. :)

wildfirelauri
07-01-2002, 09:39 PM
LeeAnn, be afwaid...I also live in Overland Park! Also use to be active in Ren Fest when I was involved with the KC Weavers and Fiber guilds. Gotta meet up. I'm practically harmless! :rolleyes:

b2beads
07-01-2002, 09:47 PM
Don't believe her! She's just trying to lure you into her web of insanity (well, 115 boro beads in one night IS insane...) She even made innocent visiting beadmakers paint her house! RUN....:evil:

B2

Elankat
07-01-2002, 09:55 PM
Hehe.

What a small world it is, Lauri. My aunt is in the KC Weaver's guild. Check your private messages. :D

Laura Brito
07-02-2002, 04:20 AM
Hey those clear ones look pretty good!

Congratulations on your first crackles!

Laura:clap:

Mike E etc
07-02-2002, 07:08 AM
First days crackle bead was just a failure. :) Yesterday I decided to try it as a pendant style bead. The bead simply blew up eek: when putting it back into the flame putting
Going for it again today. :evil:
Mike E

Ann*S
07-02-2002, 10:20 AM
Crackle!
A really fun little thing to try. The green bead I definitely tacked too much...I love the transparent lavender...
Thanks Laura...interesting...and I'll do it again!
Ann

Laura Brito
07-02-2002, 04:12 PM
Cool Ann*S, those are so neat! You did a good job!

Mike, you will get it, once you do it is fun to play with!

There should be a new project up in a day or two!

Laura

macbeth7
07-02-2002, 09:22 PM
Love the clear ones, Beth! I can just admire at this point, not participate...oh well, hopefully soon!

Beth

Modesto
07-05-2002, 09:24 AM
Hey B2,

So did the beads hold up to your "torture test" ?

b2beads
07-05-2002, 09:31 AM
Funny, Harold, when I hit them with a sledgehammer, they broke! Go figure! OK, not really. I actually forgot all about torturing them :o - something to look forward to...

B2

margaretz
07-05-2002, 07:25 PM
Here's my crackle beads. The crackle doesn't show up in this scan very well :mad:

I had so much fun with this- my boyfriend just about lost it when he saw me plunging a perfectly good bead in water! It took me a minute to explain that I was doing it deliberately!


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jul-2002/WC_crackle_bead_project.jpg

wildfirelauri
07-05-2002, 07:30 PM
Margaret, I think those look great!!

Shirley C.
07-05-2002, 08:01 PM
hmmm... I guess today is crackle day. I have plunged more beads into the bucket today than I have since I started torching a couple of years ago. And it ain't 'cause I'm makin' crackle beads. :( :crying:

aaarrrggghhhhh!!

just one of those bad bead days - sorry, had to vent. there, much better now...

Laura Brito
07-05-2002, 08:40 PM
Ok you guys that signed up, you need to post your pictures to the project! You can do pictures on your progress and pictures of your final beads! So let me know if you need help! You need to go at the top of your screen to Community, and pick Art Projects, and if you are signed up you can there post the progress and final pictures.

Thanks! It will be fun to see the gallery!

Laura:D

Glassy79
07-05-2002, 09:23 PM
Originally posted by Mike E etc
Well, I am no longer a genius, I will try again tomorrow. Remember, to cracle glass marbles, it only takes 400 degrees.
Mike, really humble, E

Mike was a genius at one time?????????????/:eek:

Ann*S
07-06-2002, 12:51 AM
Margaret...those are great...fun wasn't it?
ann

b2beads
07-06-2002, 04:16 PM
I made more last night - I'll post once they are cleaned up (and put them in the project file.)

But here's something I learned.....

The good news - crackle beads make taking them off the mandrel very easy. In fact, when I soaked them in a cup of water, several came off on their own.

The bad news - don't toss the cup of water down the disposal without checking for loose beads! I ended up digging through garbage disposal gunk retrieving all the beads that "easily" came off the mandrel. Not so "easy" after all. Guess the garbage disposal is something that's, uh, supposed to be cleaned occassionally??? ack!

B2

FiredDesires
07-07-2002, 02:41 PM
B2,
The garbage disposal!!!!?? Come on...admit it...you were really trying to find a new way to make frit!!!:D lol

llis
07-14-2002, 12:05 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12581

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10002/tn_HollowCrackle.jpg

This really does look great!

llis
07-14-2002, 12:11 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12563

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10040/tn_giffinalcrackles.gif

:) Lovely.... that's one thing about projects, you really do get to explore new ideas.

Not being a glass worker, I had no idea that you actually tried to avoid crackle... and then to have this project ask you to make crackles... what fun.

Guess you are right when you say that there is a lot to learn about the control you can have over what your glass is going to do.

Good job!!!

llis
07-14-2002, 12:13 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12620

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10019/tn_WC_crackle_bead_project.jpg

Blue Crackle looks great! You should be so proud. I would be if they were mine. :)

b2beads
07-14-2002, 12:15 PM
Thanks, Llis! I've been wearing that one endlessly on a leather cord and so far it's held up great. BTW, love the new Tiny Head! Siamese, Himi, or mix? Gorgeous eyes!

B2

macbeth7
07-14-2002, 12:17 PM
Mom, you've changed your hair color! :cat: Beth

Laura Brito
07-14-2002, 02:41 PM
I knew someone who really used a garbage disosal for crushing glass!

Laura

Ann*S
07-15-2002, 01:43 AM
llis,
You are an :angel:
thank you..
ann
...................love the tinyhead!

Mike E etc
07-15-2002, 11:12 AM
I :confused:Don't get it! :crying: I will never say give:rolleyes: up....well...maybe ;) But then I am just:evil: enough to try again.
Mike E
PS Everybodys beads look great...
PS Thinking about a classic approach:D

b2beads
07-15-2002, 12:07 PM
Still exploding marbles, eh? Uh, if you're considering the "classic" approach, exactly what approach are you using. I've never plunged a "solid" object before, so I'm not sure if it's more "explosive", but beads and hollows work fine - at least soft glass. Post a picture of your "experiments" in the progress pics (or here) and maybe someone will have suggestions... Or are you trying for a particular effect? B2

Laura Brito
07-15-2002, 01:11 PM
Hey Mike you can do it! Keep trying, you have to be able too! hehe

Laura

WhiteHotGlassWorks
07-18-2002, 01:58 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12581

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10002/tn_HollowCrackle.jpg

Your comments here (please leave the links above intact, so others know what you are talking about!).

"WOW" How did you ever get the nerve to crackle a hollow? That is really nice.

Bobby

WhiteHotGlassWorks
07-18-2002, 02:04 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12962

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10484/tn_crackfinal.jpg

Your comments here (please leave the links above intact, so others know what you are talking about!).

These are great and with crackle bumps also.

Bobby

WhiteHotGlassWorks
07-18-2002, 02:06 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12563

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10040/tn_giffinalcrackles.gif

Your comments here (please leave the links above intact, so others know what you are talking about!).

I love what the crackle does to the clear glass.

Bobby

WhiteHotGlassWorks
07-18-2002, 02:09 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12620

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10019/tn_WC_crackle_bead_project.jpg

Your comments here (please leave the links above intact, so others know what you are talking about!).

O.K. I am going to have to try this one, especially after reading about the comment from b2 to make it easier. I like the soft blue in these.

Bobby

Laura Brito
07-19-2002, 07:55 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12962

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/completed/10484/tn_crackfinal.jpg

Wow this is yummy, what did you think about it when you got to see it for the first time? I think it is really a good example, very pretty!

Laura

Laura Brito
07-19-2002, 07:56 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12645

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/progress/10484/tn_blackcrack.jpg

Very cool! I like the way the block didn't crackle. Very interesting!

Laura

Ann*S
07-19-2002, 10:34 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=12645

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/230/progress/10484/tn_blackcrack.jpg

Oh My!
I love these. They are fabulous. These would make beautiful jewelry.
ann

torchwkr
09-18-2009, 08:36 PM
Hi all,

Has anyone tried this with boro? I use to be an off hand blower (no jokes please) and this was common practice. I'm thinking of trying it with a small boro vessel but am afraid that my water jar will explode in my face.

Any thoughts?

anasazistudios
09-26-2009, 10:33 AM
I tried to do it years ago around the beginning of this thread but couldn't get it to work. I imagine you can though. You see plates, cups, etc. crackle and they aren't made from Morretti.