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Old 2013-02-01, 1:12pm
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Which Press first?

I am looking to purchase my first press. I have a number of bead shapers that I love so far. But I am considering a press and wondered if one is "easier" to use for someone like me who is such a newbie? Is there a shape that would be good to start out with and has anyone had experience using the different makes of presses, and have a preference?

Any thoughts and opinions are extremely helpful and as always MUCH appreciated.

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Old 2013-02-01, 4:04pm
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I actually started with a Saturn shaped press Julie LOL not the easiest; dont recommend it as a place to start. What shapes do you want to make? That might be a better place to begin. my current fav is a lentil.

I have a bunch of diff presses from diff places; Zoozii, Catwalk, and one I'm not sure who's it is. I like em all in terms of construction and durability.
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Old 2013-02-01, 4:13pm
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My first and still fav is the lentil press. People told me it was hard to use but I WANTED to make that shape b/c I loved the way it looked so it didn't seem hard to me.

I think they all take a bit of practice...like she said, do what you really like, then it won't "feel" so hard. I wouldn't recommend a heart or cross. Unless you REALLY like a challenge. They take a while to get used to, or at least they did for me.
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Old 2013-02-01, 4:33pm
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I really like barvarian bead presses for shapes and I love my graceful customs super round about for lentils
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Old 2013-02-01, 4:56pm
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As far as presses go, I think the easiest is the crunchy. It is open ended so you don't have to worry about the exact amount of glass to wind on the mandrel. As for specific shapes, I would suggest a straight sided lentil or spree over a regular lentil. If you get too much glass, just don't press so hard.
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Old 2013-02-01, 4:57pm
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a crunch or squeeze.
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Old 2013-02-01, 5:13pm
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It really depends on what you want to make. I get a lot of use out of my Zoozii SLIM Medium+ Duo (21mm). The nugget is very easy and the lentil is not too bad.
http://www.zooziis.com/mediumduo21mm-1.aspx

I love my Bavarian Bead presses - especially my ammonites - but if I could only have one press, the one above is far more versatile.

I also like these two brands because they have the alignment pins. I've not tried the Cattwalk presses so I can't say whether they are as easy to align top and bottom.
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Old 2013-02-01, 6:49pm
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My first was the Zooziis tab trio, still my favourite closely followed by the Medium+ Duo. I really like the chunky look af the tabs, these are from the trio

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I love the zoozis lentil trio http://www.zooziis.com/lentiltrio.aspx
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I prefer the straight sided lentil to the regular, and that would be my first choice.
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The crunch hands down! You can get so many different bead shapes and sizes with it. I got the longest one so I can make big beads but you can make small ones with it too.

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Thank you so much everyone!! Such good suggestions. Think I will be ordering my first press this week! I'm so excited!!
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Old 2013-02-02, 9:25am
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What did you choose???
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Well??

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a crunch or squeeze.
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Large crunchers all the way. It is extremely versatile and you are not restricted to a size
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The 1 1/4" Zooziis straight sided lentil was my first press and it is still one of my all time favorites! I love my crunch press too but I remember when I was first learning that I would always crunch off center :-\ Maybe I was just especially uncoordinated! Here's a bead I made in the past with the Zooziis SSL press - you can see a side view of how the bead looks:
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Damn! I just ordered the crystal trio and now I want the big ssl. That is stunning, Christie! Wow.
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Damn! I just ordered the crystal trio and now I want the big ssl. That is stunning, Christie! Wow.
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I've finally decided on the Straight Sided Lentil trio and possibly a Crunch/Squeeze to follow. I think I'm going with Zoozii's because of the extra Base expense for Catwalk. We will see.
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I've a..erm...unknown version of the that with 4 lentil sizes and I lurve it! Think you will too
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I think if you buy 2 presses from Cattwalk, the base if free or something like that.
Sorry I can't remember exactly but I know it was a deal of some sort.

And not for nuthin' ...ask anyone on here... you're going to buy from both Cattwalk and Zoozii and others if you continue this lampwork addiction.
ALSO I think buying (some would say collecting/hoarding ) different presses becomes it's own addiction.

Soooo...get what you love b/c if you don't do it now, you'll do it at some point anyway. Why not just get what you want right away?
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I think if you buy 2 presses from Cattwalk, the base if free or something like that.
Sorry I can't remember exactly but I know it was a deal of some sort.

And not for nuthin' ...ask anyone on here... you're going to buy from both Cattwalk and Zoozii and others if you continue this lampwork addiction.
ALSO I think buying (some would say collecting/hoarding ) different presses becomes it's own addiction.

Soooo...get what you love b/c if you don't do it now, you'll do it at some point anyway. Why not just get what you want right away?
I'm completely into addiction mode. And I don't think there is a Twelve Step program. haha I am finding your comments very true....get what I want the first time because it wil haunt me and I will end up getting it at some point for sure. I love this kind of addiction!!
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The nice thing about the presses is that their resale value is fairly high too (for those of us who are not horrified by the thought of getting rid of any of them, that is!).
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The 1 1/4" Zooziis straight sided lentil was my first press and it is still one of my all time favorites!
The same here! I have also the slim version. Sometimes I combine them.
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