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08-01-2002, 12:10 PM
How do you make a leaf? Just a simple little leaf. I know there must be a simple way.I have tried by making a dot and pulling one end. But I end up with a glob. Some helpful advice from some of you "smart cookies" out there would be appreciated.
08-01-2002, 03:19 PM
I use flat leaf stringer that I make...
1st heat up a good sized blob of your base color....green?
and then flatten it into a lolly-pop ... next I add a stripe(s) of a contrasting color... darker green..sometimes red down the middle.
Heat that up, and flatten again to maintain the lolly-pop shape.
Now heat it all the way through and pull out the stringer slowly.
When you're done it should be a long ribbon.
Then apply dots with a tiny swipe .... press...swipe...
ta da! sweet little leaves.... here's an example on a bead...
distorted because I melted it in for that painted effect, but you get the idea.
08-01-2002, 03:54 PM
I pull thin stringers with two greens, one light and one dark. Then I lay down 4 or 5 parallel stripes with that stringer. I get it hot and rake through it. Fern leaves
08-01-2002, 04:01 PM
If you want a raised leaf, you can also crease it down the center. I use a small screwdriver for that.
Jennifer, beautiful as usual!
Did you ever get my e-mail by the way? Had shop questions for you.
08-01-2002, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by MamboBeads
I use a small screwdriver for that.
I sold auto parts in a former life, and once I discovered glass, the tool truck took on a whole new meaning!!
Shoulda seen those techs staring as I'd race through the shop to catch it!!
Took the Snappy guy a couple of weeks to ask "just what was I DOING with this stuff"
08-02-2002, 11:29 AM
Thanks, you all gave me some great instructions! Can't wait to try them out!
Jennifer your bead is beautiful, thanks for the pix!
08-02-2002, 11:54 AM
Carolyn, I was in construction safety and I'd go through the trade show booths with beads in mind. Came home with a mining drill bit one time and a nice tool bag. I guess my tools are "eclectic".
08-05-2002, 03:50 PM
I made some flat stringer and Yeow! What neat stuff! thanks so much. It works great!
No, don't have pix "yet" but I will have......
Thanks again friends!
08-05-2002, 06:39 PM
Jennifer - I've got to say that's the best (and most beautiful) rose I think I've ever seen! Very painterly! Just wonderful.
No ideas on leaves, but I too look at auto parts stores, hardware stores, welding supply, any store, frankly - with new "intent"...
08-05-2002, 11:23 PM
Oooohhh pretty bead!
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