Originally Posted by greatfindsct
Hi everyone. I have a quick question, and hope you can help. I would love to make the kind of swirlies in the photo below. I've tried it with no luck. Can someone please point me in the right direction
Thanks so much. Oh yeah, the photo is someones bead off ebay. If they are here in WC, I hope you don't mind, but the bead is beautiful
Thanks in advance!
Here is how I do them. I need lots of practice, but when it all goes right, this is the method.
1)Make disk shaped bead and encase, or use a stiff transparent as a base
2)Melt it down until it fattens up and gives you the puckers at the mandrel
3)Place 4 (or more) equally spaced dots around belly of the bead
4)Let the base of the bead cool for several seconds
5)Bring bead back into flame and heat the spot BETWEEN two of the dots
6)Push a cold, flat-ended fat stringer directly between the dots into the spot you just heated and twist a quarter to half turn
7)Let base cool, then do the space between two dots on opposite side of bead.
8)Repeat for all the belly dots
9)Now heat the outside edge of one dot and twist that towards the side of the bead. You can choose to twist it in the same direction, or alternate directions depending on the final result you want (the ones in the pic are all twisted the same direction)
10)Repeat on opposite side of bead and do it for all the dots
11)Reshape your bead into its final shape and that's it!
Hope you have fun practicing this! Biggest tip: Make sure to twist all the dots the same amount, and it is less than you think. Don't let your base core bead get too hot or it will distort the heck out of it. If you wanted to do a search for further ideas, try using 'twisted dots' as your search term.