I've been very busy this weekend, procrastinating and all (i don't want to study for my calculus and chemistry finals on Monday). I got myself a new propane tank after using up my first (I've only been flameworking for 5 months) and I've been trying to teach myself how to make pendants. Beware of words, they're all over the place here. You can just look at the pictures if you want to skip my silly mindless babble.
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x241/ailurophilic/firstimplosionpendant1.jpg My first (successful) implosion pendant! I'd tried little ones from normal 6mm rods, though I could never get the punties to break off and I could NOT make any kind of bail. I still can't get the punties off, but I think I've found a way to make bails. I know some people make little beads and stick them in the kiln then attach the bead to the pendant after they make the pendant part, which I thought would work best.. except I don't have a kiln. So I made the pendant part (with the red flower in it) and then made the little clear bead while holding the pendant on a punty and keeping it warm so it didn't break. I needed like 4 hands, but I managed and now that's what I do.
I see what you mean, you explained it very well. The 4mm crystals I have are too small and fall through the hole, though. I might get some 6mm in the same color and try that idea, but I'd have to wait until Tuesday to buy anything (the bead shop is like 40 miles away and it's inconvenient for my chauffeur/mom until Tuesday, oh well).
At a bead show a while ago, i bought these lampwork swirls from Bokamo and knew they had to be earrings. While at their booth, I saw a finished pair of earrings make with swirls of the same style with a piece of chain hanging down through the middle with a crystal at the end. I loved the way it looked and decided to make something similar with the ones i bought, though in my folly I didn't look close enough to see how they got the beads and chain attached to the ear wires.
I have NO idea how to go about making earrings like I want. I tried some idea involving an eye pin swirled around itself to make it more like a large headpin with a way to hang the chain, though it didn't work.
Here's some pictures:
The beads. They're a bit more than an inch and quarter long with what I'm estimating to be a 3/16 hole in the top.
This looks a little weird because I had to ley it down to take a picture, but this is to display what I want to do with the chain. The crystal is on a headpin that I'll loop at the top once I figure out what I'm doing.
Does anybody have any suggestions on what I should do? I'll be using regular French ear wires with a coil and ball (because It's all I have and I don't have a chance to buy anything soon).Any suggestions are greatyl appreciated, thanks!
Hehe, I feel kinda weird sitting here and reading replies right away but whatever. Personally, I look around YouTube for video tutorials and I tend to look here, at LampworkEtc.com, and WeCanvas.com (i hope that's not considered advertising for other people? ) for photo tutorials.
If I can't find what I need directly from sites I know, I abuse Google and Ask and click on tons of links and links from those pages until I find something cool and feasible (like a recently stumbled upon imploded mushroom pendants by digging through tutorial pages, which I want to work on once I get more propane). I typically have to go through modifying my search strings a couple times before I get some good hits. I hope that helps, MunLtStmpr!
I recently taught myself how to make hearts from an awesome tutorial (I can't remember where I found it though, and the link is on a different computer sorry) and I made a bunch of hearts, one of which I made beads for to turn into a Mother's Day necklace for Mom! Take a look:
I made this a while ago, and I think it came out pretty nice, though unfortunately much too big for me to wear. I used an assorted pack of Swarovski crystals in "Earthtone", Delicas, Nymo, and gold plated findings. I priced it for the art show (which was canceled, oh well) but I don't remember what I priced it as. Take a look:
An assortment of 4mm bicone crystals on a Right Angle Weave base.
The clasp, obviously.
The back. You can see there are 2 beads per side of each 'square' in the weave, which makes it weird and lumpy but I think it gives it a more organic, handmade feel (aka I'm too lazy to fix it because it doesn't' look so bad i guess lol)
P.S. as a bonus I'll show you some caterpillars I made from Diane Fitzgerald's book 'The Beaded Garden'. I want to make a necklace of beaded hole-y leaves and put one of these guys on it once I magic me up some patience.
Thanks Jillie! I went to Radio Shack earlier and got some LEDs and button batteries, though I found the standard LEDs aren't quite bright enough in daylight. I had this pen with a really bright blue LED though I kinda killed it while taking it apart. Oh well, maybe I'll be able to find another bright LED somewhere. Wires are also a problem, though I'm working on some solutions for that. I honestly have no idea what I'm dong, so I do appreciate any advice. Thanks!