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Old 06-17-2005, 02:19 PM
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lotus flower bead

Could someone please give me some idea of how a lotus flower bead is done? I'm talking about the kind that are like the ones Kim Miles makes. I have the basic idea and have made some, but they are very messy and don't look much like what I am trying for. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they could share? Thanks a lot.
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Old 06-20-2005, 06:55 AM
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Re: lotus flower bead

I would love to know, too!!!
PLEEEEEASE!!!
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Old 06-20-2005, 08:52 PM
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Re: lotus flower bead

In my feeble attempts some time ago trying to make this bead, I looked real carefully at the bead and noticed the progression of the flowers from one side of the bead to the other (although you normally see the picture of the bead standing upright with the hole being vertical.)

So I started with a tall transparent base bead of small width, and placed dots around left shoulder of the bead. Melted them in, then pressed them indenting them with my pick and immediately covered them with transparent inorder to keep the indentation on the petals, and at the same time widened the side of the bead to the new level of the bead. I just kept repeating that, but alternating where the dots where and eventually came out with a fascimilie of the lotus bead.

So the bead gets wider as you make it, and taller because of the increasing mass of glass separating the petals. Be sure to go back to the beginning part of the bead and increase the tranparency there for an even bead.

I was only curious about the mechanics of it, and never spent the time perfecting the procedure I mention above.

Here's a quick scribble of the how to do attempt
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Re: lotus flower bead

Do you have a picture of the finished bead? Enquiring minds and all that...
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Old 06-21-2005, 10:49 AM
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Re: lotus flower bead

I think you are talking about these beads?





They are not as hard as they look.
1. First you lay down a thin, thin layer of clear in the width the final bead will be. This is important not to get the base too wide.

2. put down stripes of stamen cane and cover with clear.

3. Now start with your dots on one side for the flower and clear on the other side to keep the bead even. Keep building up as you go.

4. After the first row of petals, put down a layer of clear.

5. Now do another row of petals on the one side and clear on the other.

6. End with more clear.

7. Decorate the back however you want. Sometimes people are more intrigued by the backs of the bead then the front.

Have fun!

Sometimes I wish I could see the backs of beads also. Like the sculpted flower beads. The backs must be as interesting as the fronts.
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Re: lotus flower bead

How generous of you to share this wonderfull technique. I have been trying to figure it out when I saw your beads a while ago... but I never made it , I did end up with some real cool implosion beads though

Thank you!

ps can we add this one to glass 101?

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Re: lotus flower bead

Rated a 5!
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Re: lotus flower bead

Thank You Heather and Maureen!! Paula
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Old 06-21-2005, 02:38 PM
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Re: lotus flower bead

aha! Like making layered triangle beads!!!!!!?
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Re: lotus flower bead

The only Lotus flower beads I know are the ones Kim Miles does, which is the kind I described. See below
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Re: lotus flower bead

I learned to make these beads from Kim Miles! She makes the best florals. Everyone should check out her website: kimmiles.com
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Heather, Maureen,

thank you so much for sharing!!!
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Old 06-22-2005, 08:22 AM
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Thanks so much!!! Off to go try them!
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Re: lotus flower bead

Yup .... we learned how to make these in Pati Walton's class, and that is just how she does them!
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Re: lotus flower bead

I just found this and though I would bring it to the top of the list again. I missed it and I am sure more people would be interested in it.
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