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Old 05-21-2004, 06:01 PM
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How To Make a Gingham Bead

Sometime around last Christmas I got it in my head that I wanted to make a bead with a gingham design. Once or twice a week I'd try to get my dots to turn into squares; no luck. Finally one day I just sat at my torch and experimented with many different ways to place dots; after at least 30 tries I hit upon the technique I now use. That's what I'd like to share with you today.



Gingham is a fabric made of dyed yarns woven into a plaid/check pattern. In order to duplicate the look in a glass bead, it's important to take care in choosing your colors. My first gingham beads were blue, made with light lapis and periwinkle, and that's still my favorite to date.

Another good combination is light and dark turquoise; that's what the demo bead is made with.

Materials needed:

Light Blue Transparent
White Stringer **
Dark Turquoise Stringer **
Light Turquoise Stringer **

**These stringers are fatter than what I normally use for decorating beads; about 1-2mm in diameter.

Step One:

Wind a small bead onto your mandrel using Lt Blue transparent.

Step Two:

Using the Dark Turquoise stringer, place 6 dots around the equator. See pic 1



Step Three:

With the Light Turquoise stringer, place 6 dots around the equator, snuggling" them up

between the Dark Turq dots. See Pic 2



NOTE: This is where you have to disregard that tiny voice that says 'be careful not to let the dots touch' because it's important that they DO TOUCH each other.

Step Four:

Still using Light Turquoise, place 6 dots on either side of the center row, NEXT TO THE DARK TURQ DOTS. Again, be sure they are touching. See pic 3



Step Five:

Now with the White stringer, fill in the spaces in the two outer rows. Don't forget to snuggle! See pic 4



Finally you are ready to start melting in the dots. I start by melting the outer edges until glowing, then the center. The idea is to get the dots melted in and be done. It takes some practice because if you have to continue heating the bead to center it, the dots will start moving around and you'll lose the pattern.



Ta-daahhh! You've made a gingham bead! Now post your pics here so we can all see!

NOTE: when you're choosing your colors, keep in mind any reactive properties. Green gingham beads are a little tricky, because if it takes too long to melt the dots in the green starts spreading.

Variation: Instead of two colors plus white, use just two colors in a checkerboard pattern.

OF course, the most important thing is to have fun with this. I welcome any questions/comments - this is the first tutorial I've written for glass, so I may have left something out.

Teri
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Old 05-21-2004, 06:03 PM
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May I link to this tutorial from my tutorial pages??? Great job!!
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Old 05-21-2004, 06:06 PM
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Sure Melinda - that'd be great!

Thanks...
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Teri,

Thanks for sharing that tutorial, very cool effect


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Teri, the generosity of the people on this forum never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the tutorial.

Now this is something that I think even I can make she says with confidence until she gets to the torch.
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Yay Teri!! I'm so glad you finally did this!! It looks great!!! I'm off to vote!!
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Re: How To Make a Gingham Bead

Wow! Great technique, thanks so much for your generosity and sharing knowledge. It looks like tons of fun, we can't wait to try it!!!
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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've always admired your gingham beads. Thanks SO MUCH for the tutorial!
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Re: How To Make a Gingham Bead

I'm SOOOO glad you posted this. I was very sad to miss it at the cabin. And talk about thinking outside the box. My brain had it all done with overlapping stringers.



EXCELLENT technique!
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Re: How To Make a Gingham Bead

I have always oogled at your tiny head bead picture! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Teri,

If I had a brownie, in two pieces, I'd give you the bigger piece. And THAT is saying alot!

Thanks! Vanessa
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What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to have to try this out.

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How do you do this voting???

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Yay Teri!! I'm so glad you finally did this!! It looks great!!! I'm off to vote!!
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Yep, that's me...running to the torch right now. Beautiful beads!
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Candle-spa (sorry don't know your name!) You go up to the top of the thread where it says "Rating Thread" and then the pop down menu will show where to vote!
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