I haven't made too many beads with frit stringer, but I'm going to start experimenting with that, and who knows what will come up! I forget which book it is that I saw a tutorial on pulling the stringer, and I think it was C. Jenkins' Beads of Glass....no?? Maybe it was her other one, Making Glass Beads. My books have been packed away since last hurricane season, and may as well stay packed away now, sheesh...
Here's a simple 'no picture' tutorial on making frit stringer: (and please, if I confuse you in any way here, let me know!
1) Choose either a transparent or opaque rod, depending on what look you are after. (remember, you want to experiment and have fun!
2) Melt about 3/4" to 1" of the end of the rod, but not so it drips too much out of shape. Rotate it often, and if it starts to ball up on the end a little, that's okay.
3) Your frit should already be ready (lol!
), and rather swiftly move down and roll the hot end into the frit till it's covered. Melt that in, and roll for another layer, then melt that in good, but be careful not to "boil' your frit. Twice is usually enough, but 3-4 times is good depending on how much density you want to add to your colored stringer, or if you are rolling into more than one color.
4) Hold the other end of your molten frit tipped rod on a slightly downward angle so your molten end forms a ball shape in the flame. Just like you would if you were heating up a ball of clear for encasing. Rotate as you heat gently so it won't "flop" out of shape, and it's important to make sure the frit is melted in nicely, or it will make a lumpy stringer when it's pulled out. With your other hand, use pliers or a punty to attach and pull like ordinary stringer. (heat punty end up before attaching to frit/stringer ball, of course, hehe) I use another rod of the same color for my punty.
These beads were made with oscelot spots stringer pulled with Bullseye amber and I was expecting to get "tiger stripes", but instead, I got something quite unexpected! I used the stringer over a base of the BE amber.
So let's see yours! Any kind of beads, rounds, focals, lentils, etc.... Ooooo I have some ideas that I'm going to work on as soon as the kiln finishes heating up!