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rosemarie23 2009-04-01 7:51am

Silvered Ivory Stringer Tutorial (Free!)
I just finished a tutorial on how I make silvered ivory stringer (SIS). I use this a lot in my beads and have a very specific method that I use to make them and I thought that I would share.

The tutorial is on my blog; it starts here. It is a four part tutorial - all four parts are up.

Here is what I do with the SIS:

La Guera 2009-04-01 8:19am

Great tutorial!! Thanks so much. Really like the idea of a drop of water to hold the silver on the marver.


Puddy Tat Glass 2009-04-01 9:19am

Wonderful tut. I'm a Bullseye user so I don't have all the Ivory choices of 104 COE, but I'm gonna try experimenting with Ivory-Like colors and see what happens. Thanks so much for sharing.

rosebud101 2009-04-01 2:01pm

This is a great tutorial! Thanks, Rose!

rosemarie23 2009-04-01 2:15pm

Thank you, everybody that has taken a look. Make sure to check out all four parts!

Bonnie, I would love to have this effect in the other COE glasses. I use a lot of 96 and I've used the ivory with it. Even very sparingly, I've had both good and bad results (cracking...).

I don't know the equivalent that could be used with Bullseye either.

glassjones 2009-04-01 5:12pm

You do make the most fabulous stringer Rose....thanks for posting the tutorial-it is fabulous. I'm gonna go try it fo sho!!!

Hugs from down here in Louisiana!!!

bexrox 2009-04-01 9:17pm

Definitely some new info in there! Thanks!


Jenfire 2009-04-02 1:29pm

Way to GO Rosemarie! Your engineering mind is Fab!

SLY Creations 2009-04-03 9:05am

Bravo Rosemarie.

shawnette 2009-04-03 12:20pm


Originally Posted by RetiredinCoquille (Post 2442975)
Wonderful tut. I'm a Bullseye user so I don't have all the Ivory choices of 104 COE, but I'm gonna try experimenting with Ivory-Like colors and see what happens. Thanks so much for sharing.

Nougat and French Vanilla are reactive.

rosemarie23 2009-04-03 1:34pm


Originally Posted by shawnette (Post 2446399)
Nougat and French Vanilla are reactive.

Oooo... does it react like the 104 ivories (or even a *similar* web effect)? I might need to look into Bullseye!

shawnette 2009-04-03 1:43pm


Originally Posted by rosemarie23 (Post 2446500)
Oooo... does it react like the 104 ivories (or even a *similar* web effect)? I might need to look into Bullseye!

Not the same as 104, but nice nonetheless. About as close as you can get. I haven't found anything in the 96 range that reacts even close.

artsyuno 2009-04-03 1:46pm

I've never thought to make the stringer with a clear core. I'll have to give that a try.

anne225 2009-04-04 4:51am

thank you
I have been away from torching for too long. This morning I finally will take some time to enjoy myself again. I am looking at the tuts and reading all the goodies. Your SIS is different and I can't wait to try it. And your site is chock full of good stuff also. Wish I had the ability to do all that also!
Many thanks

rosemarie23 2009-04-04 5:00am


Originally Posted by anne225 (Post 2447180)
Wish I had the ability to do all that also!

Ah, but you do... you just need more of that darn practice!

Everybody that has looked - thank YOU!

cherie 2009-04-04 8:35am

I like your idea of using clear as a core, Im going to try that with my white..white seems to be too soupy for stringer control.

rosemarie23 2009-04-04 11:48am

I use clear for most of my 104 stringers.

Chau Nguyen T 2009-04-05 11:43am

Thank you Rosemari, the clear core will solve your problems with stringer, I tried this SIS method and love it.

nickandryan 2009-04-07 6:25am

Hi Rose-

What a great tutorial! You do make the very best SIS I've ever seen- thanks so much for doing this tut! Laura

fyrebeadz* 2009-04-07 7:58am

What a great tut, thanks for sharing! I'll try it today!

Tillie 2009-04-07 9:52am

I have been stringer challenged up until the Expo, where Jeri showed me I actually could pull a stringer! I'm going to try the silvered ivory stringer! Your tutorial was so clear that even I can understand it! :o) Thank you so much!!!

MelanieG 2009-04-07 10:16am

It never occurred to me to use clear in the middle of my stringers. Thanks a lot for this tip! I have piles of nasty clear I need to use up and this will help a lot.

Vicki B. 2009-04-08 2:06pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this tut, Rosemarie! I have been sis challenged forever and am always disappointed with my results - in fact started a thread about that some weeks ago.

There are great methods in this tut!! I never would have thought of the clear core and it is so logical, and I wouldn't doubt that that it spreads the ivory and silver nicely too. I'll bet the stringer is so much easier to control too.

rosemarie23 2009-04-10 4:28pm

Thank you everybody! You're the best!

Katrina 2009-04-11 8:59am

Just tried this method...walked away from the torch just to post this...Thank you for sharing :)

BeCharmed 2009-04-16 2:06pm

Absolutely fanastic tutorial, I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for your generosity for sharing your way of doing sis stringers.

Cathy at the Beach 2009-04-19 6:48am

Thanks Rosemarie! This sounds wonderful. I'mgoing to try it next torch time!!!

LaurieBSmith 2009-04-19 7:06am

Rose...I had a "slap myself on the head" moment with the touch of water to hold down the of those "Well, of course!" moments....

thanks for sharing....

rosemarie23 2009-04-19 7:13am

I'm glad that many of these tips are helping people out. I really appreciate the feedback (and I'm overwhelmed at the response...)

Chau Nguyen T 2009-04-19 10:12am

Thank you for that drop of water. You should see me running around to chase that piece of silver.

NLC Beads 2009-04-19 11:47am

I tried this with the clear core last time I needed to make stringer and really like the results, thanks so much for sharing this!

Rudy 2009-04-20 3:59pm

This tutorial rocks!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the information!

Carols Glass 2009-04-20 9:43pm

I really enjoyed this tutorial but more than that I learned so much, thank you!

Maureen14 2009-05-05 12:36am

This was a wonderful tutorial.

Birdy 2009-05-07 1:02pm

Rose~ Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your SIS "recipe"! I've been disapointed with SIS, as it just didn't have enough movement and texture to it, no matter how much heat I blasted it with, how it was applied, etc. Your version with the clear core is absolutely PERFECT!! It just takes seconds in the flame for it to spread out, and the clear, plus the gap in the silver, make it look so much more textural. Thank-you!!!

rosemarie23 2009-05-08 6:23am

Thank you all for more wonderful feedback.

PattyK 2009-05-08 10:59am

Thanks so much Rose - this tutorial looks wonderful!

I can't wait to give it a try! :love:

Mitosis Glass 2009-05-08 6:10pm

Fantastic, Rosemarie! Thanks so much for posting this! I can't wait to try it.

asimeral 2009-05-25 2:31pm


Your tut was interesting, well written, and detailed! I LOVE IT! Thx so much for posting this.

chrisdd 2010-09-12 10:18am

Rose, I am going to give you a giant hug the next time I see you! Your recipe for SIS worked great...pulled stringers this morning and made a bead. This is the first time I got SIS to actually do something interesting. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


rosemarie23 2010-09-12 10:34am

lol Chris! Glad it worked.

Maybe I should aim for the cabin next spring.

I have to confess though - sometimes it is just the ivory. Some are better than others, and I'm talking about different batches of Effetre Dark Ivory.

When it's working right, it sure is fun.

Donna T. 2010-09-15 3:51pm

Oh so glad this thread made it to the first page again or I would have missed all this golden knowledge. Wonderfully written, great photos, very easy to understand. I too can't wait to use clear as the core. I like that you left some of the ivory uncovered too. I tend to freak out when it doesn't cover completely and scramble around, almost burning myself, trying to find a tiny piece to add in. But at the same time I don't get as much movement and texture as you do Rose. I think using the clear and having some ivory showing will greatly improve my SS.

Thank you so much for writing, sharing and posting pictures on your technique Rose!

Copperrein 2010-09-15 4:10pm

Oh wow, I second Donna on that....just the description of how you let the center droop before pulling was outstanding! Thankyou!

rosemarie23 2010-09-15 6:29pm

Like so many things, there are probably as many ways to make SIS as there are beadmakers.

It fun to see more people giving this method a try.

cem 2010-09-16 8:10am

But for me there is only one way that works!!!! Yours!!!

I was ready to give up, all I ever wanted was to make organic beads, with SIS. I tried ever SIS method, none worked for me. They always turned out dark and ugly.

I studied the tut. last night, thought about it all night and then this morning I pulled a stringer and made a bead.

I have never been impressed with my SIS work. But to today, for the first time I got SIS to actually do something interesting.

I'm so excited!!! You made my day! Thanks you so very, very much for sharing. \\:D/

rosemarie23 2010-09-16 8:22am

Oh... you all are going to make me cry - but in a good way, lol.

Rareripes 2012-08-19 10:20pm

Rose..I am bumping this again because I have never produced any nice SIS.My method always came out lumpy and quite ugly.If it wasn't so late right now would be in my studio..SISing away!Thank you sooo much!

rosemarie23 2012-08-20 5:07am

Lol! It's been a while since this surfaced. I'm goad that it helped.

Rareripes 2012-08-20 5:46am

LOL..I actually DID stay up and made SIS via your tutorial and i have to say..I used it on a couple beads and it was fantastic.Unfortunately I was not concerned with shaping the bead much so I can't show..but it worked!!
Thanks again!

fionac 2012-08-23 6:03am

Thanks Rose, this is fantastic, I tried it tonight and for the first time ever got little balls of silver on my bead, and I now have another use for the pounds of scummy Effetre I have on hand ...

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