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Old 10-12-2003, 11:20 PM
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Evil eye beads

Hi,
I know that there is someone on this board (I believe it's Jinx) that makes wonderful EYE beads.

Is there a tutorial somewhere for these????? Mine turn out so bad, I need help

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Cinda
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Old 10-14-2003, 12:00 PM
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Wow, how'd I miss this thread? A friend brought it to my attention just now.

Here's the basic process I use:
1. Make a bead.
2. Make a large black dot. Melt in.
3. Make a smaller white dot on top of the black dot. Melt in.
4. Heat the white-outlined-in-black dot and the surrounding glass.
5. Place tungsten pick just beyond the dot and pull.
6. Repeat at the opposite side of the dot. This should give you the basic almond shape. The bead may be a little distorted at this point. Heat back into round (the almond will keep its shape).
7. For the iris, place an opaque blue dot in the center of the almond shape. Melt in.
8. To make the pupil, place a tiny dot of black in the center of the blue dot. Melt in.
9. Place a transparent lapis dot over the opaque blue. Melt in 2/3 of the way.

Voila! That's it. There are many possible variations of this process, and each one helps create your own style. For instance, some eye beads have the pupil on the outside, making it the final step. Another style pulls the almond shape from inside the white/black dot. For my irises I make my own murrini. On my aboutme page I have a list of Evil Eye makers, each with their own style, including Jill Matheson and our own Melinda Melanson. Click on the eyes in my signature and check 'em out!

Let me know where you're running into trouble and I'll see if I can help.

Jinx

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Old 10-15-2003, 01:10 AM
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Jinx,
Thank you so much for you help. I can't wait to try it tomorrow. Maybe I'll get a decent eye bead. I read about eye beads on another board (in the archives) being put into a liquid soap container. I think if I made some, it would encourage my nephew to wash his hands. He's 2 and doesn't like to wash hands (or face). I only wish the archive would've had a photo of it. Oh well.

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Old 10-15-2003, 03:01 AM
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Jinx is tops with me!


My basic approach;

1. make a black tab bead

2. partially melt in a white dot

3. add a smaller opaque 'eye' color, partially melt in
3a. an opaque color partially mixed with white and
pulled into a stringer can make a neat iris.

4. intense black for pupil melt in a bit.

5. you will have a low rounded set of dots, add a clear lens.

6. decorate.

.....some examples; http://www.glassartists.org/Gal1045_...the_garden.asp

A Marble;

1. make a clear marble, about 7/8".

2. flatten about 1/5 of the end.

3. add white, heat and flatten

4. add iris, heat and flatten

5. intense black pupil, heat and flatten

6. heat the end of the marble where the eye is and...
6a. I use a 1/2" graphite rod rounded at the end and press the flat area in so it is concave.

7. fill the concave area with clear for a lens

8 finish shaping the marble.

...eye image... with a variation. some design work with gold foil...then the flat spot...trans cobalt blue, pupil, concave, lens and then finish; http://img.ranchoweb.com/images/glassandfire/eye-.jpg


Mike, it is late, tired eyes, E
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:23 AM
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Thank you so much for the wonderful eye tutorials. I cant wait to get back on the torch. I have so many new things to try. You guys are the best.
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:30 AM
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thank you Jinx and Mike, you both are the best!

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Just a bump and nudge down the hall toward the glass class 101 doorway! Anything Jinx has to say on eyes is a good thing!!
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Thank you so much for the replies, Jinx and Mike. I haven't had a chance to try these out yet but hopefully I will soon.

Everyone here is so helpful, willing to share and very talented. I'm so glad that I found this board.

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Thanks so much everyone. I rated this thread five stars. I also printed out the directions so I can try it sometime very soon (I hope.)

Really helpful stuff here that I didn't know and wouldn't have thought of!
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Old 10-19-2003, 06:19 PM
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I'd like to thank my agent, Mike King Of Eyes E, for promoting this thread. As long as it's getting attention I thought I'd add a few simple visuals. The directions are basically the same, with a slight modification in step 5.

1. Make a bead.


2. Make a large black dot. Melt in.


3. Make a smaller white dot on top of the black dot. Melt in.


4. Heat the white-outlined-in-black dot and the surrounding glass.


5. Once the surface of the bead has been heated remove it from the flame. Place tungsten pick just beyond the dot and pull gently.


6. Repeat at the opposite side of the dot.

This should give you the basic almond shape. The bead may be a little distorted at this point. Heat back into round (the almond will keep its shape).


7. For the iris, place an opaque blue dot in the center of the almond shape. Melt in.


8. To make the pupil, place a tiny dot of black in the center of the blue dot. Melt in.


9. Place a transparent lapis dot over the opaque blue. Melt in 2/3 of the way. Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to draw that last step, but I'm sure you get the idea. Let's see what you come up with!

Jinx
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Just a bump and nudge down the hall toward the glass class 101 doorway! Anything Jinx has to say on eyes is a good thing!!

Ok, I got the hint, ...adding this 5-star thread to 'Glass 101' now!

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Look what you all made me do........ Not my first but if anyone says EYE I run to the torch. The picture is kind of blurry but I love how this bead turned out.
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Way cool bead Carla.

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