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Old 10-04-2004, 10:18 AM
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

Nice tutorial but wanted to point out that exposure to infrared radiation is a very real problem for kilnworkers.

As a rule, welder's goggles are recommended if you are looking into the kiln at slumping or fusing temps.
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

Hi Bethany,
I'm not sure if i've replied right - i clicked on 'quote'???

I just wanted to ask if you somehow cut a groove into these cabs, as i notice the wire around the outside doesnt go in front of the cab to hold it in place? Just wondering....
Thanks for the tutorial also, very interesting
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

Hi Sorry I missed your question - I'm not online much these days. Some one just sent me a PM about it so I thought I'd come and answer.

I use a jewelry bit on my grinder but you could also use a diamond bit on a dremel if you have patience and a steady hand. The glass must be worked in water for cutting. Hope that helps.
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Hey,
That's ok, I forgot I even asked. Thanks for the reply!
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

Great tutorial Bethany! I am so glad this tutorial was bumped. I am going to have to play around with all the stress cracked beads I have!
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

I followed this tutorial using thermal-crack beads I have collected for a few years and had a bunch of fun! Here are the results!








Thanks Bethany!!
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This is a great way to use thoes beads with cracks. Thanks so much for posting this.
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Amber, Those are beautiful! Glad you bumped this up as I was going to go looking for it. Have a couple of split beads with pretty colors to "fix."
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

As a beginner with beads, I have LOTS of cracked beads that I've been throwing into a bowl to try to figure out what to do with them. I hated the thought of wasting them, because some of them were really pretty til they cracked. Now I know what to do with at least part of them. And you can use a jewelry bit on the grinder to cut the groove into the sides? I have one that I have never used before, so I can try that. I can see Christmas presents and birthday presents looming on the horizon! LOL Thank you! That is a very understandable tutorial!!

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If you can, try whole bicones as cabs...this is how one of mine turned out!

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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

I've doing this for quite some time now. Thank you for your firing schedule. Now that I have a programable (is that a word??) kiln, it will be very useful! Before, I was just winging it.
I bought some sheet moretti and fused all my cabs into a tile....don't have a clue what to use it for, but it's fun to look at. lol
I've also fused them into large discs that I use on the end of my stained glass kaleidoscopes.

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Great tutorial - such wonderful detail and photos.

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Here's some more... really fun to do on days when it's too cold to torch so I save up any broken beadies for half the year and then do a run in the kiln


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Very pretty Naos.
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Re: Turning beads into Cabs - a tutorial

Many thanks for this tutorial. Not only can I use the bead I so painstakingly built and was heartbroken to lose, but sometimes I get the bonus of having two for earrings!
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