LOOK HERE FIRST*** for Answers - the Best of WC Technical pages and Tips, Indexed
I have reviewed every technical page from the beginning in 2002 until today, for a total of 557 pages. I have looked and read threads and culled the best of the subject matter in the following Alphabetized Index of Links, for easy retrieval. There are over (I think) 300 subjects with appropriate links covering bead making, embellishments, boro, stained glass etc. I never envisioned that it would grow to such a size when I started this! Oh yes, somethings are called by several names - sugar beads are also snowball beads and so forth. I couldn't list everything individually, so when trying to find something with a name use the Edit button of your browser and hit find, then type in the name, to see if it's listed under a different title. I did not mention most glasses as year to year the batch and availabilty of glass disappears. Most tools are readily available through search under their manufacturer's name, so most of them I did not include. (torches, most presses, etc). For the most part this is a list of techniques on how to make something with hot glass.
The beauty of this list is that you can find something, even if you are not a novice. You can use this thread list to direct all newcomers to, in place of having to make detailed answers. And isn't it nice to need only one bookmark instead of 50, to find information. Yes, some of the links I have listed are repetative BUT the additional ones either contain better pictures or some kernel of new information of importance to the subject.
One last thing - some great threads which were considered tutorials have NOT been included because the artist listed it on their personal webpage and that has now disappeared. I would suggest when you see on my list - offsite tutorial - that when viewing that tutorial you download the web page to your personal hard drive in order to preserve that information for yourself. I probably have done that to many of the missing web pages, but without artist permission I could not post it here.
Another thing, when you show a link in questions to an Ebay auction - those pictures are no longer available on Ebay after 60-90 days and therefore the entire thread almost becomes meaningless without a picture to refer to in the answers that were given. I would suggest DL the picture to your hard drive and then UL to WC.
When you consider all these links and pages I have visited, please keep in mind the incredible patience of those who have given these answers. But it was worth it in that I saw a constant turnover of people who were the novice's learning this art, turning into the people who were later giving answers to newbies. It was a constant renewal, because you could see every 4 months or so the same questions being asked over and over again by newcomers, and being answered by new people who this board had already helped!
And lastly, a plea, that if you are going to be making future tutorials, in addition to putting it on your website, consider putting a page here in the tutorial section. And lastly, be sure to look at YouTube for video demos people are placing on the web because there are some darn good ones out there to show you exactly how something is done!