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« on: July 21, 2005 09:42:42 AM »

I just started making glass beads, and felt like showing off. Technically a finished project until I figure out what exactly i'm going to make them into.



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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005 11:02:15 AM »

Wow! I lopve them all, especially the right one in the upper picture, looks like flames... Great!

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005 11:15:23 AM »

That is so awesome!  I would love to do that some day!
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2005 11:20:05 AM »

That is so awesome!  I would love to do that some day!

« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2005 11:58:33 AM »

Love the flames and the blue "wavy" one.  Lampworking is high on my list of must-learn!  So fun!

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2005 12:30:58 PM »

Wow your beads are cool... I especially like the one with the flames in it.  Were they hard to make?

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2005 06:03:39 PM »

If you want to try it, I'd say go for it. The start up cost is high (around $100 for everything you need  Undecided) but it's pretty easy, the only bead I totally botched was my first one. And, any craft that lets you break out a blowtorch rocks. 

edit: something i just remembered if you want to try, there are a couple of different types of bead release: one's a white ceramic based one and one's a dark grey color, and for some reason, the dark grey one gives me an instant headache as soon as I get it in the heat, both work just as well, but if you're sensitive to fumes and the like, get the white one.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2005 03:54:29 AM »

hi i cant see the pics not sure why. love to see them. cyndi

« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2005 04:58:57 AM »

I love your beads  Cheesy You did an awesome job!

I'm very interested in making my own beads.. just never knew how to go about it or what I need to even get started.

Is there a website some where I can look into for info on what to buy and how to do it?

I'm clueless, I dont know what to google for  Huh

Help please?  Smiley

« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2005 06:26:23 AM »

try searching under "how to make lampwork beads" or "how to make glass beads" i just tried it, and had a few good hits, though a lot of places just selling the beads...but I found a lampwork forum (http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/)

and I'll post a tool list:

MAAP gas tank - easily avalible from your local hardware store
Torch Head - either a hardware store or a craft store
Mandrels - these are stainless steel rods you make the beads on
Marver - it's a graphite paddle you use to shape the beads
A Rake - these look like something an evil dental hygenist would have and are used to drag colors (I used this to make the flame bead)
Glass Rods - pretty self explainitory, they're what you melt to make the beads they come in all sorts of colors
Ceramic Slip or Bead Release - you use this to coat the mandrel before making a bead so you can get it off when your done
A Rod Rest - It's what you sit the glass rods on when you aren't working with them
A Cooling Blanket - this is where you put your finished beads so they don't cool too fast and crack, i think mine's a ceramic blanket
(I think that's all of the necesities)

Most of it you can get at either a craft store or a hardware store (most of mine came from Pat Catan's) though if you look into it there might be a glass store in your area that sells supplies too (and may offer classes) but with stuff like the MAAP gas tank go to the hardware store, they cost less there. Also get an instruction video if you can't find classes so you can see what you're supposed to do.
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