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Old 2019-05-03, 8:00am
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Hi all
Could some kind soul answer this, probably very silly, question please?
I've not been lampworking long, so that's my excuse!

I'd love to make pretty daisies like the one in the picture, but I don't know how to get the petals to that nice, neat shape. I can do a circle of dots with a dot in the middle, but it just looks like a circle of dots with...

How can I get that delicate pear-shape to the petals please?
This lovely daisy was made by Laura Sparling. I hope she won't mind me borrowing it just to illustrate my question.

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Old 2019-05-03, 8:50am
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Simple. Once you've laid down your ring of dots, you spot-heat the center of the circle. The dots will flow together to form the shape that you want naturally. Let it cool a little, and then you can lay down that central yellow dot. Glass wants to move to where the heat is the greatest.
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Old 2019-05-03, 9:41am
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Well, now I do feel silly! I thought there must be some dexterous trick of dragging the dots or something (tried that, made a mess!) I didn't realise it was just heat.

Thank you so much for your help Robin!!
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Old 2019-05-03, 11:39am
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If you have a tungsten pick, you can also poke in the center to help coax things along. No need to feel silly. This is the place for questions!!
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Old 2019-05-04, 1:31am
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Thanks so much for your reply rainygrrl. That's a useful tip and I don't feel quite so daft now!!
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