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Old 03-15-2007, 07:42 AM
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Snowdrops Bead Tutorial

OK, so I am a little behind my wanting to post this on Wednesday. My ISP was down for over 24 hrs! But it is here now. Hope that you can follow it without to much difficulty.

SNOWDROPS

First thing you will want to do is chose your base color(s) and make a shape that is pleasing to you. You can start your base bead in white, ivory, clear or what ever color you choose. I used white.


Make the shape as you will want it to look at the end of the bead with nice ends and good smooth shaping. I used white for my base color and one a deep transparent green and one a transparent blue or deep purple for the sky. Start encasing the bead by winding the glass on from the end of the bead toward the center and stop. Wrap around the bead with the green first then doing the blue or purple side last. Placing the green at the bottom of the bead with the blue or purple at the top.



Have pre-made plenty of green leaf stringers and some white stringers handy for your flowers. Make sure you have a sharp edged tool (knife or a CGM) to be able to manipulate the glass and flatten it in some areas.
After making the base bead, stripe on a selection of different lengths to make "stems and leaves of the flowers.

Curve some over at the tops, leave some strait. Try some different colors for the shorter blades if you like.


Next, taking your white stringer, (I used black in this illustration because it shows up) make 3 short swipes for the flower head. It will look like an upside down V with a leg in the middle. BUT... this is important! Make your middle leg first as this will help in placement of the other two petals.


After you have the flower heads in place take a sharp edge tool and define the edges between the petals. Like an upside down V or almost a U shape. Here you can take your graphite pointing tool or a sharp blade and clean up the edges of your flower petals.

Don't admire your work to much! Put that baby in the kiln!

If you would like a list of the tools I used let me know.

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Re: Snowdrops Bead Tutorial

Thanks Ruth! You make this look so easy, just like all pros!
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:52 AM
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Pro..... Me? Thank you Ginger! I never thought of myself that way but I do appreciate the compliment. HUGS!!!
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Re: Snowdrops Bead Tutorial

Great tutorial!!! The snowdrops and crocus are blooming here.

But--what's a CGM????
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:35 AM
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Thank you Baroness!

A CGM is a Comfort Grip Marver. One of my new tools.. Shameless I know. lol
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Re: Snowdrops Bead Tutorial

Great Ruth... Is a snowdrop a northern flower? I don't think I've ever seen one... but I like it

I'm voting 5 stars on this one...
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Awesome job!!! Can't wait to try this out! Thank you.
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Yes, a snowdrop is a cold climate flower. It needs to have that cold weather to be able to pop up through the snow in late winter/early spring. We do not have snow drops here in Ketchikan....yet.... I tried last year but the source I got them from they didn't make it through the mail. Ketchikan's weather is much like all along the Great Lakes are and Scotland and England where these little beauties (i think) originate from. I think I am drawn to them genetically as I did not grow up with them in our yard... not enough "woods" in our Chardon lot I guess... or my grand-mum was to fascinated with the crocus, tulips and daffodils to plant them.

I would love to see all YOUR snowdrops if you would care to share them in this thread.
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Nice job, Ruth! I'll definitely be giving this a try!
Thanks,
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:20 AM
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Re: Snowdrops Bead Tutorial

Yes it is a great tutorial! The drawn pictures with photos should be used in more tutorials,very clear.I seem to remember alot of pansies already being there in my mothers garden when the snowdrops made their spring charge. Very pretty combination. Have you ever done other Alaskan theme beads as in wildlife or scenic beads? TIM
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Hello Tim! Yes, I have done Alaska themed beads with mountains, stars, a moon and some with northern lights. Also made several forget-me-nots.
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Re: Snowdrops Bead Tutorial

Thank you so much for the tutorial! It looks soooo easy once you lay it out like that! I'll be trying that this weekend!
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Can't wait to see what you guys make!
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Thanks for the tutorial. It is so nice of you to share your techniques.
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You are welcome! Everyone should share a picture of the ones they make.... really... even the first attempt... that way we can see how you improve and what you do to make it your own style.
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