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Old 07-02-2005, 03:33 AM
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Zebra Backs Tutorial

I am sorry I did not do this step by step with an actual bead... but I am sure you get what I am saying. I will try and work on the step by step with an actual bead this week... Hmmmmmmmm think I owe this forum a halibut tutorial too.....

I start out with vetrofond black and make a tube bead... about a 45mm long on a 3/16th mandrel.
Make sure the tube is nice and smooth all the way around before you add the white lines.


Then swipe on sideways lines of white from one end to the other all the way across.


Then take a sculpting blade and cut right down the middle... like your going to cut it in half all the way around.


Next, lay in a line of intense black stringer or the vetrofond black then melt that all the way in smooth making your bead like a tube again.


Then super heat half or 1/4 of the bead to molten and twisting on the marver like your trying to smooth it out again, but dragging the glass to distort it. Do the other half the same way.




This will pull the outer edges in a different direction then the middle and give it that zebra back look.
At this point the bead should look like it is a roller coaster or a bell curve.
Next melt the tube bead untill it is nice and smooth.... then add the "end caps" in your choice of black or white.

I really enjoyed making these beads for Beths black and white bead study.


I do beleive I am going to try these out with ivory next torch session.

Hope you all have fun making these.... I sure did!

If you have any questions please email me rather then a PM. It makes it easier for WC and me!
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Old 07-02-2005, 03:36 AM
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Re: Zebra Backs Tutorial

Oh, sorry if this is a little odd for a tutorial... it's late and it is my first tutorial.

Cheers Everyone!
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Re: Zebra Backs Tutorial

FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you Ruth!!!!! (it was really nice chatting with you)
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Old 07-02-2005, 03:59 AM
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Re: Zebra Backs Tutorial

You are very welcome Lori! Hope this makes a little more sense now with pictures. If not please feel free to let me know and I wil try and put together the actual bead pictures step by step this week.
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Old 07-02-2005, 04:09 AM
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Re: Zebra Backs Tutorial

Sorry... This is the actual picture of the one that reads like this.... Next, lay in a line of intense black stringer or the vetrofond black then melt that all the way in smooth making your bead like a tube again.


Don't mind me... Next time this old brain will go to bed instead of trying to do a tutorial! ROFLMBO
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Re: Zebra Backs Tutorial

Great tutorial and absolutely love the beads!!!! Thanks for sharing!
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awesome tutorial! Thanks so much!!!
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Gorgeous beads!! Thanks for the tutorial.
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Great job Ruth!!
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Thank you for sharing your method fr these beads. Your tutorial was clear and easy to understand. Needless to say these beads are lovely.
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Your beads are gorgeous. I actually saw a picture of those in the black and white thread and wondered how you made them. And thanks for the easy-to-understand tutorial.
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Great tutorial Ruth! Thank you!
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Thanks Ruth...those are fantastic! and an easy to understand tutorial that I will definitely try out.
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Re: Zebra Backs Tutorial

Thanks Ruth!! Those are so pretty! I love zebra beads! They would be fun in tiger animal print as well.
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Thanks for taking the time to show us (in great details) and explaine it to us. Thanks again. bj
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