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Old 07-15-2016, 08:49 PM
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Needing Help Bead Making

Hi everyone,

Thank you for taking the time to look at my post. I am new this this form of art. I have done a lot of reading and testing and practicing and I'm having difficult time making donut and round beads. I notice now (after 4 Map Tanks) that when I initially touch the glass to the mandrell and start twirling that most of the glass ends up on 3/4 of the mandrell and 1/4 is very skinny. Im always trying to fill that up. But it never works.

I have tried to melt more glass, but the same thing happens. Even if i make a tiny bead to start with it happens. Im really trying to get over this first hump but its a tough one, so it seems. Any input would be so appreciated and yes I have been over to 101.

Also does anyone know where I can post "My first stupid burn"?

Thanks again...back to the torch.
seagarden a former soap & candle Maker
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:19 AM
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Re: Needing Help Bead Making

Hi. It all comes down to practice, and you will get the hang of it, I'm sure. Basically, put down a 'footprint' of glass where you want to make your bead, and allow that to solidify just a little. Then, add more glass where you want it, and you'll find that you have a nice stable base and stuff will love around a lot less.

Does that help/ make sense?
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:33 PM
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Re: Needing Help Bead Making

Try using a thicker mandrel - then try winding a thin footprint of glass over and over so its like a mini disc - two to three times - then melt - and that will give you a base till you get used to it - I had this happen to me when I first started - sharp edges and wonky less than round beads - but as previously said - practice practice practice and you will eventually get it
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:39 PM
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Re: Needing Help Bead Making

and remember to keep the mandrel level; tipping it to one side will give you a wonky bead (I remember doing that when I started!).
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:56 PM
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Re: Needing Help Bead Making

Thank you all for your tips and suggestions. Its now been a month and I can finally make a donut and round bead. Not all the time but most times. I have a bad habit of not keeping the mandrel straight when I twirl glass on it, something I am trying to break out of. I have been practicing a lot and that's all I can do until I get a Kiln (soon I hope).

My good beads I keep in a special bowl to see how far I have come however I can't wait to start making jewelry with them once I get a kiln.

To all of you who walked this path long before I came, I thank you for your sharing and caring.

Warmest Regards
Debra
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