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Old 2012-09-09, 12:36pm
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I have a thing for glass shorts - fun little bits of glass that were partially used
and left... I adopt them from others, beautiful bunches of color.



Now the problem is... What to do with them? I collected some transparent colors
and white stringer, and melted them together into fun, swirled wispy beads. Here's
how!



Heat the end of the short (I used the scummy, cut end, since not all the glass will
go on the bead) and attach it to the heated end of a punty mandrel.



Wrap an opaque color around it. I used white for contrast with the deep cobalt
blue.





Fold it in half, or let it fall on itself, or just wad it all up. Neatness does
not count - the messier the hot mess is, the wispier the result. For what's shown
above, I folded it half then gave it a few twists with pliers.





Wind it on a mandrel - remember a narrow footprint so it's nicely dimpled - and
melt it down.



The results can be very fun - remember a small amount of opaque color goes a long
way!

If the bead is smaller than you'd like, encasing in clear or another color will
magnify the swirls and add depth.
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Old 2012-09-09, 1:33pm
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LOVE this idea! Thank you so much Nikki! What a great use for shorts. Now if I could only get Mark to make them...
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Old 2012-09-09, 3:59pm
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Nikki these are very cool... Thanks for tutorial for using up shorts.
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Old 2012-09-09, 5:54pm
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This is always fun to do ! I've done it with regular rods of glass too.
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Old 2012-09-09, 6:10pm
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This is so cool! I cannot wait to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Old 2012-09-09, 6:24pm
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I'm glad everyone likes.
No secret technique, nothing I'm claiming as mine, just thought I'd share for anyone who hadn't thought of it.
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Old 2012-09-09, 6:26pm
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Oh Nikki, what fun!! I have bags, boxes and a few coffee cans full. I never throw anything away it seems....LOL I'm definitely going to give this a try! Have you etched any? wonder how that would look. hmmmmm
thank you!!
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Old 2012-09-09, 6:53pm
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Thanks Nikki!! I love it that the final bead has a kind of veiled cane look.
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Old 2012-09-09, 7:00pm
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Pretty pretty and fun... and a really great way to relax at the torch on those days when you just don't feel inspired. Playing with the pretty glass often starts bringing inspiration to the forefront!
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Old 2012-09-09, 8:42pm
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Gretchen - Me, too. They're fun for bonus beads with packages - they're easy but still look great!
Kalera - it's totally, "Hmm, I don't know what to make next, I'll make one of these while my mind wanders" bead.

The tone's a bit more informal since I used it in my newsletter and liked enough to copy it here.
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Old 2012-09-09, 8:58pm
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Thank you Nikki! My oldest granddaughter started making beads today. She has been watching since she was little and loves it. This is something she will love to make!
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Old 2012-09-09, 9:51pm
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Thanks Nikki!! What a great way to use up shorts.
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Old 2012-09-10, 7:10pm
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Cute idea. Thanks.
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Old 2012-09-10, 8:16pm
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Great idea, Nikki! Thanks! I think I might add a stripe of adventurine to it too.
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Old 2012-09-10, 11:06pm
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looks fun! Thanks Nikki.
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What a fun and easy technique Nikki - thank so much for sharing!
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Old 2012-09-16, 7:32am
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Thanks for the comments. I hope everyone has fun with it - I love the results, it's so easy anda good way to let your mind wander while figuring out what to make next!
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I just found this, thanks to a ref. in today's Gallery. Great! I have really cut down on my short lengths, since I got my greedy grabber from Arrow Springs. I have both sized, but absolutely love the smaller one.
Thanks so much for sharing this, Nikki! I've also been challenged by discs.
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Very nice. Thank you for sharing. I was looking for something fun and random to do today.
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I forgot to post mine in here! I made disks with the mix.
They are such fun, thank you Nikki!!!
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What a great idea! Thank you for the tutorial, I love it!
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Old 2012-09-23, 3:10pm
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Love the discs! Thanks for the fun words, I'm glad it's being used and enjoyed. I made a handful more last night, too.
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Very cool! With my favorite walk-in glass store selling shorts for 10 cents an oz., I see many swirled whirled beads in my future! Yes, I "make" my own shorts too , but I still have to dig through their shorts when I go... Rubino shorts for 10 cents an oz.? Yes, please!

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Sweet deal, I'd take advantage, too!
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Nikki, thanks so much for jogging my brain, sometimes the simplest things are so cool. I have tubs of shorts. Can't wait to go down and play around. Think I will go down now and sort out the transparent stuff.

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Thanks for this Nikki as it looks like amazing fun and a good way for a newbie like me to play
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I'm glad you both found it and like the idea - enjoy! Please share pics, I love seeing results.
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Blast from the past. Hope you enjoy!
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I've been filling up my old coffee cans with shorts for a few years now this is a great idea. Thank you!
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