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Ashtonjewels 2008-08-24 10:23pm

Encased Floral Panels
Finally done with this one and you can preview the tutorial here.
In this tutorial, you'll learn to make one of my "Enchanted Hydrangea" beads using my Encased Floral Panel technique.

"Enchanted Hydrangea"

Thanks you guys!! Hope you enjoy it!!

Laurie L 2008-08-24 10:31pm

I love your style so much Lydia !!! Off to check your tutorial out.

Carmen Isaacs 2008-08-24 10:31pm

Bought mine YAY! I can't wait to get it.

Troll Lover 2008-08-24 10:51pm

Bought mine as well!

Celtic Echo Designs 2008-08-24 10:56pm

I got one too! I soooo loved the first two!



Miriam 2008-08-24 11:51pm

Thank you Lydia, this tutorial is looking great. I can't wait to sit a the torch and try to use your technique.

Ashtonjewels 2008-08-25 5:25am

Thanks you guys!! Hope you enjoy it!

playswithfire104 2008-08-25 6:51am

Oh boy! What a wonderful thing to find 1st thing in the morning! Ordered mine!

Rose Leslie 2008-08-25 7:42am

I bought one also. Love your beads. They are beautiful.

Troll Lover 2008-08-25 7:54am

I so very much hoped you would do this Lydia... And I totally LOVE your tutorial, it's awesome!

Tink 2008-08-25 8:02am

I'm not a floral kind of grrl, but hot diggity that is purty!

playswithfire104 2008-08-25 8:17am

Tink I always said "I don't care to make florals. There are so many glass artists that make florals I don't need to be another one." Guess how many floral tutorials I bought! :-\" Oh well, now there is another glass artist making florals!

lilacwind 2008-08-25 9:40am

Gosh...I love your work. Just oredred the tutorial...Thanks for sharing!

josielv 2008-08-25 9:47am

I have wanted this one!! Thank you Lydia!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicker 2008-08-25 9:49am

YIPPEEEEE!!! I cannot wait to get this. I am away for glass stock but will buy it as soon as I get home!!!

ROC 2008-08-25 10:17am

Whoo hoo! Got mine ordered too. Lydia, thanks so much for doing this. My beads will never be to the quality of yours since I'm just not that patient! Yours are abolutely spectacular and it's so good of you to share the techniques with us.

Over the Moon 2008-08-25 10:24am

Ditto what she said! :wink::happy:

Ashtonjewels 2008-08-25 10:46am

Thank you all SO much for the wonderful compliments and feedback!! It thrills me to so much excitement expressed for this tut. I'm totally honored, and I can't wait to see what some of you do with it!!

swamper 2008-08-25 11:15am

Woohoo - got it at work and can't wait for time at the torch. You rock.

Pat 2008-08-25 11:15am

Even tho I haven't perfected the first one, I just oredered this baby. thanks Chicky.

Bubbyanne 2008-08-25 1:23pm

Thank you so much for sharing your bead techniques, your work amazes me but I've told you that before. :wink:
A lot of times I can look at a bead and have an idea of how it's constructed and guess at which colors were used but that hasn't been the case with your beads. For months now, I've been completely baffled by your beads. I've studied your gallery images very closely trying to work out in my head how they were put together. I know how to make encased florals so I had some basic ideas but your color use had totally stumped me. I didn't know where to begin. Having just bought the tutorial and finding out what you used surprised me. They were colors I had never even considered and you've given me a new way of looking at how to lay down flowers and use layers of color. So cool! :cool: I hope I can one day make beads as lovely as you do but in my own way. :)
Thanks again, I learned a lot.

Corey 2008-08-25 2:03pm

Oh yay. Off to go get it.

Ashtonjewels 2008-08-25 5:31pm

Linda, Pat, Bubby, and Corey, Thank you!

Bubby, it's my pleasure and thank you so much for the compliments! I'm both flattered and touched beyond words. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tutorial so much. I hope that you continue to find it inspiring.

I can't wait to see what you all do with the design!!

Jane P 2008-08-25 6:20pm

Thanks so much Lydia - I have just ordered mine!

WildatHeart 2008-08-25 9:38pm

My first attempt is in the kiln! I had to substitute two base colors, so will see how it works out. Definitely isn't going to have the nice clean crisp look that Lydia's do, but I think at least a person will be able to tell what it was supposed to look like. :-)

Will post a pic tomorrow.

Thanks again, Lydia!!


Ashtonjewels 2008-08-26 5:16am

Thank you Jane!

Beth, I can't wait to see it! As for the change in base glass, don't sweat it. I have made so many beads using this technique and nearly all of them use a different combination of transparents and opaques. Finding those combinations has been one of the most fun parts about making this style of bead.

Miriam 2008-08-26 5:45am

My first try is also in the kiln. I have so much respect for you Lydia, it is so hard and long work to make such a bead, let alone develop this style with a lot of trail an error and a lot of wasted glass. I hope the result from the kiln tomorrow will resemble a bit your bead.

Ashtonjewels 2008-08-26 7:18am

Thank you Miriam! Based on your work from the first tutorial, I have no doubt that your bead will turn out beautifully. I can't wait to see it! :smile:

suzanne 2008-08-26 8:08am

These are my first trial beads. Not half as pretty as yours but so much fun to make! Thank you for sharing your wonderfull skills:)

Have a great day,


bbnana 2008-08-26 8:42am

WoW! Suzanne those are pretty awesome!

Lydia, I have been an admirer of your art beads for a long time (years!!). In fact, it was your unbeliveably awesome galleries on BeadArtists that inspired me to want to start lampworking. I've only been at the torch for 2 months, but I do hope to develop the skills to try your tutorials. Your style of art beads is very unique and I haven't come across any other art beads that captivate me as yours do. No matter how many times I look at them, I am always awestruck.
I can't wait to see what everyone else does.

Ashtonjewels 2008-08-26 9:06am

Oh, puh-lease!!!!!!! Suzanne, those are divine!!! I love the form, the colors and well, the entire arrangement!! Love, love, love, love, LOVE what you did the concept! (Lots of exclamations from me but I can't help myself. I am excited to see these pictures start rolling in.)

Aww, Theresa, thank you! I'm so flattered that my work inspired you to get into lampworking. Based on the bead in your siggy, it looks like your journey is off to a very nice start!

glassactcc 2008-08-26 9:11am

I ordered mine today:grin: I LOVE your beads and just couldn't resist!

Troll Lover 2008-08-26 9:16am

I tried yesterday and I'm gonna try some more today. It's a great tut Lydia, easy to follow and very detailed. Love it!

MaryBeth 2008-08-26 10:29am

Hi Lydia! I don't know if it is me or if it is you but I'm trying to check out on your site with the Encased Floral Panels tut and it's hung (the computer not the tut)!

Hopefully it's just a glut of people trying to buy this all at the same time. But I'll check back later and see if it will let me buy it!

Suzanne - your beads look wonderful!

MaryBeth 2008-08-26 11:13am

It sent me an order confirmation but I never paid as it would not go to PP. So I sent you an email with my PP email address so you can invoice me.


WildatHeart 2008-08-26 11:39am

Please be gentle...I am a newbie. :-)
Ok, here is my first attempt at a "Lydia bead" from her tutorial. Please know that I am a newbie (I know the tutorial would be better left to intermediate-advanced lampworkers...but uhhh, I have a problem with not jumping in way over my head when I learn new things). So, that I could come up with this (after spending two weeks not at the torch at all, also) I would say is a testament to how good Lydia's tutorial is. :-)

So, be gentle...but criticism is expected and welcomed. I realize a few things already that I did wrong, but feel free to point out what you see. Sorry about the glare in the pics, I know a good photo set up would help also. One thing at a time though. ;-)


josielv 2008-08-26 11:40am

ohhhhhhhhhh yummy, good job

Pat 2008-08-26 11:58am

Beth and Suzanne lovely first trys.

suzanne 2008-08-26 12:03pm

thanks all!

Beth you did great!

Ashtonjewels 2008-08-26 12:27pm

Thanks Cynthia and Anouk!

Beth, you did BEAUTIFULLY!!! I would have never known that you were a newbie! It will get much easier too after you do a few times. Way to go, lady!!

Mary Beth, Sorry about the checkout issue. I have had a couple of incidents over the past two days with people having a bit of trouble checking out. My host has been doing some upgrades to the order management system. It's not suppose to interfere with orders but apparently it's causing some isolated glitches.

MaryBeth 2008-08-26 12:54pm

Thanks, Lydia! It's all good now:kiss:

Curly Irish Girl 2008-08-26 1:06pm

Just ordered mine - as it's golf league tonight for DH, I know what I'll be playing with!!

Rose Leslie 2008-08-26 1:56pm

OMG Suznne, Those are awesome and just beautiful to boot. WOW! I have to get mine out and start to read and do this.

Aurore 2008-08-26 5:53pm

Just ordered mine too !! I really like your Black Petal Motif Tut ... great stuff !! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic Work !

lorleek 2008-08-26 7:24pm

Lydia, finally had a chance to read through it tonight. It looks great! I can't wait to try it.


simvet02 2008-08-27 5:58pm

Boy this one will separate the newbies from the old timers.....LOL My first try was a mess. I can see that I need a whole lot of practice with my dots, not to mention pulling stringers. I tried it twice and they are both in the kiln but they are sad sad little beads.

The tutorial is great, very easy to follow and understand. I just need lots and lots of practice.

Jenni 2008-08-30 1:29am

Thank you Lydia for such a wonderful tutorial. I've been admiring your beads for a while now and was so excited to discover you had done a tutorial. \\:D/ It's awesome!

I spent most of today at the torch and made a whole 5 beads. I don't think I have ever concentraited so hard on placing tiny little dots, or taken so long on one single bead! I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight wondering how they will come out of the kiln tomorrow [-o<

I might post piccies of them in the gallery tomorrow if they are worthy.

Thanks again so much!


simvet02 2008-08-30 4:40am

In the interest of sharing here is the photo of my first try. Actually had I not use the Averentine stringer around the flowers it might have looked better. I couldn't see the point of using the Raku for the flowers until I tried it with just a pale opaque. Now I can see that the colors in the Raku really do lend themselves to these flower. The flowers really do allow for mistakes, they are very forgiving.

Today I'm going to try it again, with a larger base bead and start the first dots down a bit lower so I will have a bit more room to work with. I'm obsessed with these beads and I don't even like flowers.....LOL I think its the layers of dots that fascinates me. The depth and dimension you get with them. Lydia I bow to you, the master, what it took to develop these florals is daunting. They are truly intoxicating, thanks for sharing your secrets with us.

suzanne 2008-08-30 5:03am

it's beautiful Jan

simvet02 2008-08-30 5:22am

Ok Suzanne, you edited your post....LOL (bet you didn't know that the first post is the one that goes out to those that are subscribed, I didn't either)

I must say, you have a good eye, I had to take it under the bright light with a magnifying glass, but your absoluetly right, it did crack. (not that I was going to do anything with it). I'm not surprised that it did, I wasn't very careful with the heat. I was more focused on those darn dots....LOL

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