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Old 2011-11-10, 11:25pm
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Default What do you do with shards?

I have seen a lot of talk and tuts on blowing shards, but what do you do with them after the are made? Pictures anyone?
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Old 2011-11-11, 4:14am
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You use shards to add interesting shapes, colors or effects on beads.

Just a warning, once you start using them, you'll never be able to stop

Example of silvered ivory shards on a bead.
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Old 2011-11-11, 4:07pm
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I'll admit it, I'm an addict, I love making and using shards.

Here's one I made yesterday.


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Old 2011-11-11, 4:13pm
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Dawn, that bead is gorgeous!
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Old 2011-11-11, 4:22pm
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Dawn, that bead is gorgeous!

Thanks very much!
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Old 2011-11-11, 4:50pm
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Almost all of my beads these days feature shards. I'm addicted too!

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Old 2011-11-11, 5:04pm
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And some different effects:


Be very, very careful. Blowing and using shards is highly addictive. The warnings are very clear
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Old 2011-11-11, 5:39pm
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Oh yes, you do oh yes you do oh yes you do oh yes you do oh yes you do oh yes you do.
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Old 2011-11-11, 5:55pm
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wow, Very impressive answers. They are all so beautiful!. Thank you all.
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Old 2011-11-11, 6:07pm
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OK where is the best place to find them ?
There are vendors here on LE - check out the Sale Rack section, and of course you can make your own.
I use both my own and bought shards.
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Old 2011-11-12, 11:56am
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I blow my own shards. Some samples of what i did with them:



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Old 2011-11-12, 12:01pm
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OK where is the best place to find them ?
Pick your poison
http://www.avenuebeads.com/index.php...&cPath=6_13_14
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Old 2011-11-12, 8:18pm
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Check out Joe's shard tutorials when you want to make some cool ones on your own

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85911698...w-glass-shards
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Old 2011-11-13, 6:43am
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I love the movement I get from using shards in my beads. I'm personally not ashamed to say I'm horribly addicted to Joe's shards. I like using other lampworkers shards and frit because each bead becomes a collaboration between artists. WARNING don't you dare go into Avenue Beads website unless you are willing to develop an instant addiction.
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Old 2011-11-13, 7:22am
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I have some pretty green shards I received in a RBOG a while back. I tried using some, but they turned black. Is that my technique (or lack of) would you think? Is there anything different I need to be aware of when applying shards?
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Old 2011-11-13, 8:24am
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What I love about shards (buying them that is, I exploded a bubble in a Jen Geldard class and never made another one after that scared the crap out of me...) is that you get such a nice bead for little effort on your part:



Blue Lagoon shards from Avenue Beads over a swirled mix of dark ivory and Yellow ice base with a few strands of silvered ivory stringer doodled at the edges of the shard, a few twists, then encased. Looks like ocean waves..
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Old 2011-11-17, 12:43pm
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That bead is GORGEOUS Charmaine!
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Old 2011-11-18, 7:33am
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thanks! if only I could get it to do that more than once....
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Old 2011-11-18, 8:28am
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This is made with some of Joe's shards ... *Like Midnight Fireflies*

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Old 2011-11-18, 8:31am
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love that. now I need more shards. thanks a lot...
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Joe needs to put some more tuts in his Etsy shop!! All gone!!
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Old 2011-11-20, 7:54pm
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I like to use silver glasses (Gaia and psych mostly) on ivory for reactions and colors that pop.
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Mary what colour is that? it's very ethereal I love it.

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Lara, those beads are absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the last one, that blue makes me melt.

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I finally got the hang of blowing shards just a couple of weeks ago and am using them in everything now. I pulled a gorgeous black heart with a Chase rose murrini and some great pink shards out of the kiln but haven't photographed it yet. Meanwhile here are a few examples of the shards I've been making and using:

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I've discovered shards and I love the effects you can get. These are all shards from Avenue Beads. I haven't tried blowing my own shards "yet"...but I will!
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Old 2011-11-22, 8:12pm
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Can I use shards of a different COE, like Frit?

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