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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Lampwork Beads on: May 22, 2006 03:53:48 AM
I just wanted to jump in and add my .02 worth.

There is soft and hard glass, but soft glass is a all you can work with using the single fuel torch like the Hothead and Fireworks torches.  Hard glass, like borosilicate/pyrex, require a dual fuel torch with oxygen to melt them.  I have not progressed to the hard glass yet....still fiddling with Moretti and Bullseye (brands of soft glass with different COE). 

I took a class in February for around 60.00 that lasted 4 hours and was taught one on one.  You do not have to have the equipment to enjoy this art form.  Find a local bead or hot glass shop to take a class and then most will rent you torch time after completing a class.  I used to pay 7.00 an hour for torch time and this included the use of the kiln (which makes your beads more permanent), all I had to do was bring my own glass.  You can buy sample packs of soft glass COE 104 at Hobby Lobby for about 20.00 and if you have their coupons, even cheaper...or most shops sell it for about 1.00 - 1.50 a rod for the ordinary colors and a little more for the "oooh" and "ahhh" colors and effects.

I became so addicted to Lampworking that I was eventually not happy having to drive all the way to the studio to do it and did not want to use the single fuel set-up, so I just bought my studio last week.  I have a dual fuel (oxygen and propane) torch called a National, a oxygen concentrator to product my oxygen from the air (lots safer and cheaper than tanked oxygen), BBQ grill propane tank, all the hoses and regulators, safety glasses, glass, and tools.  It was a long process doing all the research and getting everything set up, but I am soooo happy now.  The only thing I did not buy was a kiln, but I have somewhere local that will batch anneal my beads very reasonably.

Cindy Jenkins is very good, but I would also like to suggest Corrina's "Passing The Flame".  It is awesome and reads almost like a cook book with step by step pictures!

Here is the forum that I participate in and get lots of help and entertainment from, www.lampworketc.com , they are an incredible group of people.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would I make these seed bead laurel leaves? on: April 23, 2006 10:47:02 AM
It is a technique for French Beaded Flowers...this is a simple leaf technique.  Either google the web or go to the library and find books for French Beaded Flowers.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Marbles and beads? on: April 06, 2006 07:42:04 PM
You can buy or make something called a "bead cage".  Fire Mountain Gems has them, or you can make them yourself.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where does the beads go? on: March 27, 2006 03:56:08 AM
Make your wife a "Family Necklace":

Using her's and your birthstone, "connect" them with the new baby's birthstone.  There is some lovely silver heart link chain out there, and the necklace will be something she will treasure and can be added to easily!

I made my mother one for and she wears it every single day, but it needs to come back to me, since she just found out she is going to be grandma again (not me!), so I can add another crystal!

What about doing some bead embroidery for nursery decoration?  There are some great tutorials out there for it and even more books at the library.

P.S.  Congratulations!!!!!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Turquoise and Coral for Charity on: March 10, 2006 03:31:52 AM
I like how the branch resembles the symbol for Breast Cancer Survivors.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Jewellery/Beading Craftalong (3rd tute - pg 24. DOUBLE DIAMOND STITCH) on: March 04, 2006 12:16:58 PM
I can't wait to see what you come up with!  I put the tutorial up like that because I could not figure out how to post it in here from Powerpoint...that is how I do all my tutorials.  I am glad someone is trying it....thought I had killed the thread!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: bead swap? on: January 30, 2006 03:45:36 AM
I am currently in my first swap, but it should be over by March.....so count me in!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: vial(vile?) necklace.. you know what i mean.. on: January 27, 2006 03:28:21 AM
Shipwreck beads has some cute ones....

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by Genie Bottles on: January 26, 2006 10:56:29 AM
There is already a tutorial out there for the beaded "Genie Bottle" bead....this site is where I saw it!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Inspired by Genie Bottles on: January 25, 2006 06:46:44 PM
I have really long hair and find it useless to wear ear rings when you cannot see them anyway, so I made chokers.  Hope you enjoy!

Black: (Hematite, Fiber Optic, black seeds, and sterling silver interior bead)

Brown: (Random tones of brown crystals I had laying around)

Blue: (Montana Blue Swarovski with Speckled saphire/black facets, black seeds, and Montana Blue Swarovski interior)

These are close-ups of the beads on both sides of the Genie Bottle Focal, they are another beaded bead called "Tornado Cubes"

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