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Old 2011-10-17, 2:56pm
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Awe, can you do a tutorial on how you make the black and white beads? Those are gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing the tip on how to make beads the same size. I'll have to try it.

~Thanks, Paula
They're actually purple. The purple is a medium transparent purple over opaque periwinkle. The dots are white and it's just one half twist between dots. Then heat 2 dots down... you don't want to move from dot to dot next door as the bead gets too hot in that area so move two dots down. Keep repeating the spot heat between two dots, poke with a thick transparent purple stringer and twist, pulling the white into the twist. I use a stringer that matches the outside color so if I can let the stringer cool and break it off. Sometimes I use the clean end of a mandrel to twist but you have to be sure not to get the spot heated area too hot or the mandrel sticks.

I'm sure these directions are clear as mud... I am so brain dead from work today.

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Old 2011-10-18, 1:06pm
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HI Sue- Thanks for sharing! this is exactly how I do it too Works perfect every time. If I am using different colors, I just make sure all the rods are close in diameter. Laura
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Old 2011-11-05, 8:22pm
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Thanks for sharing. Great idea!
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Old 2011-11-14, 6:36pm
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Thank you, Sue! This is awesome!!
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Old 2011-11-14, 8:57pm
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Sue,
You are a genius!....And a peach for sharing this. Love that frit!
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Old 2011-11-14, 9:01pm
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Sue, you Rock!!! this is great, Thanks
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Old 2012-11-12, 8:15pm
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Thanks for sharing this, Sue. It's been a big help to me!
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Old 2012-11-18, 3:20pm
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you are one smart cookie, thanks for your tut
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This community has given so much and I've learned so much that it pleases me to think that my own little contribution is helping someone else. Thank you all for your nice comments.

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Old 2012-12-20, 12:22pm
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What a great idea! I'm new at bead making and wondered how in the heck I would ever be able to make two alike if one was already in the kiln. You just made it so very SIMPLE!

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Old 2012-12-20, 1:42pm
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INGENIOUS and so logical - why didn't this method occur to me? Thanks so much for sharing!
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Interesting!!! Sue, Thanks for sharing!!
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This absolutely works for me. I've tried it and it is great. Thank you for sharing Sue.
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I have used that technique and find it works pretty good. I only use it when I know I'm going to be heavily decorating the bead because that cut end always leaves a bit of a mark (on most transparent and some opaque colors) as it melts into the base bead - for me anyway.
If you're using a tweezer or other kind of grabbing tool to hold the short length of glass as you wrap it on, you can lay down half the length of glass starting with one cut end and then turn the short around and start again on the same bead with the other cut end. If you're doing it bare-fingered, not so much.
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Thanks for sharing this method. I'm going to try it tomorrow.
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Sue, thanks for sharing.
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Old 2013-12-16, 3:12pm
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Thank you so much, Sue! I watched you do some of that but didn't fully get it until your lovely tutorial.
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Thank you so much, Sue! I watched you do some of that but didn't fully get it until your lovely tutorial.
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Hi Alice!!!

I'm glad folks are still getting something out of this little tutorial. It's good to give back to the LE community.

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Old 2013-12-29, 6:56pm
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Sue, I read this and went, smack on the forehead, duh, when making the groved beads with a bead roller, it is hard to make the same size. This should help a lot.

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Love the technique. This is what I made and I love how matchy matchy the bead sizes are.
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I have to add my thanks also Sue.
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Love the technique. This is what I made and I love how matchy matchy the bead sizes are.
EXCELLENT matchy matchy! I love your colors-- what were you using????

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My pleasure, Phill.

To all: It always surprises (and pleases!) me to see this thread pop up. LE has been such a wonderfully generous place for sharing tips and techniques that I'm really honored to give back to it.

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EXCELLENT matchy matchy! I love your colors-- what were you using????
The red is either CIM firecracker or maraschino. I cant remember what blue, but it was encased stringer... prolly white or light blue encased with dark blue.
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Sorry so delayed in seeing your tutorial. (Still don't have internet at the house) Loved seeing your work again. I had forgotten your way of making beads the same size. Once the weather is warm again and I can fire up the torch, and try your method.
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Awesome!!
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I also cut my glass, but I have taken it one step further...if you are using a press, weigh a bead that fits in the press. (I have a good gram scale) Then weigh and cut your glass to the correct amount. If you are doing heavy decorating, take off a small amount. I can now make the perfect amount for my press...nugget, lentil etc etc. No more guessing if it is going to be enough. Weighing also works good because rods are different diameters.
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Very interesting, smkyquartz, thank you!
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