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« on: September 29, 2006 04:29:05 AM »

Curosity has stuck me in the glass genre. Not only in eventually learning glass fusing, but in making glass beads and other items.

Is there anyone here who makes their own glass beads, stained glass etc. with a kit like this?
http://www.glasscrafters.biz/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=beg_tls
This is something I have been toying with getting before jumping in with both feet and getting a kiln.

Insight, comments, suggestions would be great.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006 04:22:19 PM »

 Cry *cough* lol

This glass section needs a kick in the pants. Where is sweets4ever? She can do it, she crafts everything  Wink

Seriously though, is no one into glass bead making, and other glass stuff much? Is it ht ecost of the supplies, kiln, etc.?
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2006 09:15:49 AM »

There are people around who make glass beads and such-- they probably just missed this post!   I would give advice if I knew more on it, but honestly have never tried it before.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2006 10:29:16 AM »

Curosity has stuck me in the glass genre. Not only in eventually learning glass fusing, but in making glass beads and other items.

Is there anyone here who makes their own glass beads, stained glass etc. with a kit like this?
http://www.glasscrafters.biz/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=beg_tls
This is something I have been toying with getting before jumping in with both feet and getting a kiln.

Insight, comments, suggestions would be great.  Smiley

Hello I make Lampwork Beads since 3 years now and I think to check out how to make Lampworkbeads is it better you make a small class. Only to check out if you like it. When you like it you will buye a better torch and have more fun with it. I know about many People who bought a Set like this and they are not happy and bought a better torch. If you buye a set like this you can`t work with every color. There are many colors who be only black because the flame is not hot enough. I never bought a Set like this because I knows from the first time this is what I would like to make for my life.
Don`t do it!
Sorry for my bad english Im coming from Germany
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2006 11:29:13 AM »

Thank you very much for that great insight and information! I will do as you have suggested and try to find a local class to take. So I will wait till then to buy the torch, and necessary supplies so I know what I am getting.

No worries about your English, I understood you just fine.  Smiley My Father and his family are from Germany also (Edelfingen).  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2006 12:07:32 PM »

Thank you very much for that great insight and information! I will do as you have suggested and try to find a local class to take. So I will wait till then to buy the torch, and necessary supplies so I know what I am getting.

No worries about your English, I understood you just fine.  Smiley My Father and his family are from Germany also (Edelfingen).  Smiley

do you speak german too?
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2006 02:11:05 PM »

No, unfortunately I only know a few words. They came in 1938 so by the time I came along they mostly spoke English, except when Oma and Opa were arguing and did not want us to know.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006 06:32:04 AM »

I agree about trying a class, or gettting on a torch a few times any way you can to see how you like it.  A hot head is a cheap and easy way to get into it, for sure, and you could get your feet wet that way.  You could see if you want to get mroe into it from there.  Books are a super way to learn too, there are many good bead making books out there now, videos as well.  My small town library even has some of the books.  Good luck getting started, I hope you can find a class nearby or a lampworker willing to show you a few things.

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006 08:46:30 AM »

Thank you lissaj! I am going to do some checking around tomorrow to see if I can find something close. I should be able to at least find something at the college.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2006 02:15:19 PM »

I know both of the glass shops in my little bitty town have glass bead making classes as does the bead shop.  So don't forget to check those too.

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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2006 05:50:21 AM »

i've got a bead making kit like that, it's a good starter kit, and i can work with whatever colours i like, people often say the hothead torch that comes with the kit isn't hot enough, it takes ages to melt the glass, transparent colours scum etc but i've not had many problems.

clear can scum easier on a hothead but as for it not being hot enough and the slow melting time, i found that perfect when i was starting out and i was getting perfect round beads in less than a week

if you know your going to make beads for a long time and you've got the money to spend on a good set up then go for a more expensive torch, but if you wanna try it out and see how you go, go for that one, i love my little torch, it's not let me down so far
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2006 11:07:43 AM »

Thank you for that information. Sounds like you started out about like me.  Smiley
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