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« on: August 30, 2008 07:20:49 AM »

I just LOVE my new bead series! I'm excited because I've had a bit of a creative drought as of late and am pleased to finally feel myself coming out of it!

I call this the Distressed Gold series because that is basically what I'm doing; Working the gold leaf in the flame to the point where it starts to break down. It leaves behind a very interesting look! (at least that's what I think - Take a look and see what you think!) Here are 3 of the large flat disks which are about 25mm x 25mm x 10mm:







And a couple of my Cicciona beads. (Cicciona in Italian means Chubby and that's exactly what these barrel beads are!) They are also a pretty good size at about 24mm x 18:





Plus I made some companion type beads, as well:



Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008 07:57:56 AM »

what are they made of?  they're really pretty Grin do you need a kiln to make those?  modify: or can I whip out fiiiiirrre! with a blow torch?
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2008 08:38:48 AM »

Ooh they're really pretty, i especially like the one with the greeny/blue colour on
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2008 08:52:58 AM »

I really like those!
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2008 09:22:55 AM »

Wow, those are beautiful and aptly named. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2008 09:46:14 AM »

WOWOW! LOVE THEM!
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2008 05:56:52 PM »

what are they made of?  they're really pretty Grin do you need a kiln to make those?  modify: or can I whip out fiiiiirrre! with a blow torch?

these are "lampwork" beads. They are done on a touch and slow cooled in a kiln.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2008 06:04:57 PM »

sooooooooooo.....I can't do them unless I have a kiln?
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2008 12:49:29 AM »

sooooooooooo.....I can't do them unless I have a kiln?

If they are not cooled slowly (annealed) then they will break due to thermal shock. Some people cool them down in a heat blanket when they start out, but these beads will break, eventually if not right away. There is TONS of information out on the web that explains the process.

Sorry, I hope I'm not telling you something you already know.

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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2008 06:56:33 AM »





Sorry, I hope I'm not telling you something you already know.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! nope....I know nothing. Grin  I soooo hoo hooo appreciate the information Wink  I've always wanted to try the whole glass bead thing, but I have no access to a kiln and I don't think I would do it enough in purchasing a kiln to make it worth the expense Cry bummer...but I love those beads!
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