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Old 04-24-2003, 01:21 PM
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Thumbs up Eureka!! Figuired out around the world encasing with no bubbles!

I am so excited to have found this,and since I know this is one of the hardest things to do, I'm sharing this with you. I sure hope you can figuire it out from my chicken scratch picture and my description, because it SOOOOOO works!

Look at my pic here, nothing fancy:

You will see I've drawn a barrel bead to encase, THEN I show the encasing. If you look at your encased bead, you will notice trapped air in the seperate layers of encasing glass that you've applied. The secret that I've found is this: After you apply the encasing glass, turn your torch flame down, and starting at the point where you stopped the encasing glass, on the end where you stopped, heat the end of the channel that was made. You slowly work your way, following the air channel with your flame, until you get to the other end (which is where you started to encase). LOOK at the channel and WATCH the air travel down, WATCH the layers of glass in that channel fill in, pushing the air all the way to the end of the bead, You will have encased with NOT ONE BUBBLE! It may take you several try's, if you go too fast with your flame down the channel, you will find trapped air. All I can say is WATCH the air traveling down the little channel and you'll have it made!
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:28 PM
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OH boy!!!
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:37 PM
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Lenda, you are such a terrific lady. I love you - your are so eager and willing to share your knowledge to help all of us, and you are such a sunny person who can brighten up the dreariest day! Thank you!!!
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:43 PM
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Lenda,

What a cool idea!

Thanks for sharing that ! I can't wait to go home and try it.
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:59 PM
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Yippee!! I'll be trying that out later today!!! Thanks Lenda - great illustration BTW!

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Lenda!

That makes so much sense! Thank you.

The only way that I've found to work with the Lausha clear on my QT is to make stringers out of it, right when I put on a new can of Mapp gas. I then use the STRINGERS later to wrap, otherwise it is way too stiff. Needless to say, I get quite a few bubbles (but a lot of practice wrapping).

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Lenda, I must try! Great tip!! Thanks for sharing!
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I've been working madly on the perfect encasing. Can't wait to give this a try. You are my hero Lenda! Thank YOU!

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Old 04-24-2003, 05:40 PM
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LENDA...I love you...sigh...will try this next time at the torch...my large encased beads suffer from this and I can heat the surface of the bead while I am encasing...it ruins the effect.
did I mention how much I LOVE YOU!
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Thanks Lenda! I have so much problem encasing that I very seldom do it. Can't wait to give this a try!!
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Old 04-24-2003, 06:17 PM
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OK, guys, just a tip. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, make your best bead and try this out, cause you may not get the results you want at first. This technique DOES take some you know what!! Practice! So , just make a small barrel or something and play with the encasing, the heating of the air channels is the hard part to learn, BUT, you will get it!!!
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:03 PM
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OK i havent tried it yet but a question...I really have more creases...where the glass overlaps and not really channels but end up with bubbles...I know if I heated the surface of the bead with the encasing layer that could be resolved...it is the lines on the surface...not really air channels that cause me problems...have you noticed if this has helped?

I will get back to you on this...I still love you!
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:38 PM
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Right, Ingridh, where the glass overlaps, but on the surface of the bead itself, under the encasing, that's where the trapped air is, in the channels inbetween the encasing rows. Each row would overlap the previous one, so yes there would be surface lines, but they're different than the ones inbetween the bead and encasing. I wouldn't think you would be able to trap air on the surface of the bead, because when that is melted, there isn't anyway to trap air there. Try it and see how you can "WATCH" the air move, Or when done incorrectly, you will watch the "LINE" of trapped air that didn't move turn into a bubble. My point is to REALLY watch what's happening with your bead. If it starts to get too hot, STOP-let it cool-and start again where you see the line. This is especially important when you are starting and stopping on both ends of the bead, you don't want to mess up your pucker or your barrel or bicone end.
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Thanks Lenda...will do ;-)
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Ahhhhh, Master Lenda....very cool, I am going to try your method...because Lord knows mine isn't working!! I hung out yesterday with your friends Christine and Melody~ they said you are the "Master Queen" of encasing Thanks for the knowledge, Leisa
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