This is a rundown on the basic methods I used to make bleeding heart pendant-style beads.
You will need:
A rod of white
A rod of rubino or other transparent pink or red
A prepared mandrel
Some sort of tapered shaping tool. I used my razor blade/pin vise contraption but this would be a good use for Corina's magic wand, or a small stump shaper. Even a butter knife...whatever you have.
The first step in this, and what inspired it all to begin with, is Jinx Garza's puffy heart tutorial. This was published in one of Corina's Spotlights, and can also be found HERE.
When you get to the point where the puffed heart is mashed, but before it is creased down the center, you will turn it into a bleeding heart flower by cloaking it in the pink or red transparent.
It is very helpful to have reference pictures of real flowers in view whenever you are trying to replicate them in glass. I had at least 9 different bleeding heart pictures taped to the wall around my torch as I was working and it really helped develop perspective and a plan for how to proceed. Try to get pictures from all different angles of the flower.
Here is a progressive set of drawings showing the order the pink was applied. Smooth, soupy hot stripes are applied side by side and touching to avoid trapping air channels. I applied the same stripe to each side, alternating, until I hit the shoulders of the heart, where I applied a thick striped right over the shoulder, bridging the stripes on the front to the stripes on the back. You will melt these in very slowly so that the surface of them is smooth, but is not melted into the base white heart.
Use your tapered tool to push the transparent as close to the mandrel as possible.
When you are happy with the shape and the coverage of the pink, carefully spot heat the lowest edge of pink, touch it with the end of a hot rod of clear and pull them down into a graceful point.
Spot heat the center of the flower where the cleavage would be and pressed your razor tool into the glass to form the cleft of the heart.
Reheat the whole heart carefully to relax it as much as possible, then pop it into the kiln to anneal.
This tutorial is for the simplest of the bleeding hearts I have shown in this set. You can embellish them even further, as I have done with the 'focal'. My original plan was to do a strand of them as they appear in nature, where the blooms closest to the main stem of the plant are larger and more progressed in bloom than the ones at the tips of the branches. Each one of these was large enough to use as a focal if the set were seperated.
I etched mine and it really made them appear more real, but they were very pretty left sparkly too.
I hope you have fun trying these! Sell them, give them to your mother, donate them to your garden club's benefit auction, I don't mind....just don't eat them.
They don't taste nearly as good as they look. LOL