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Old 2009-11-27, 12:37pm
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Hello everyone!

People are always asking me how I make my 'Roly Poly' beads so I've written a tutorial for them. This is what my Roly Poly beads look like :



They're relatively simple beads to make but you will need good heat control and nimble mandrel-turning fingers! You'll also need a lentil press, a graphite paddle and some mashers.

The six page PDF tutorial costs 4.99 GBP (about $8.00 USD) and is available here : http://www.beadsbylaura.co.uk/BBLDownloads.htm

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Old 2009-11-27, 12:57pm
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Those are really cool!
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Old 2009-11-27, 2:06pm
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I have ordered one! Thank you Laura, also for the free encasing tutorials.
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Old 2009-11-27, 2:14pm
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Thanks ladies!
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I ordered one these look fun and I love the layered look.
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Old 2009-11-27, 3:07pm
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HOW amazing I love the look when I get paid I will def be buying one!!!!
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Old 2009-11-28, 2:48am
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Ooo, couldn't resist! Love the way they look - the PINK especially!Thanks for offering it! Looking forward to receiving it.

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Old 2009-11-28, 3:34am
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone. And a big thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of the tutorial.

De - the pink ones are made with opaque pink Effetre and transparent Effetre 082 (Rose) with a smattering of Dark Petal Pink enamel.
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Oooo, just got my tutorial and I LOVE IT! What a wonderful technique! Girl...I'm definitely gonna try this in the next day or two - can't wait! I appreciate the guidance too on the color scheme. I think I have those colors (maybe not the trans. rose, though...mine might be too light ) but would be so happy if I can pull something close to these off!

Yummie!

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You're welcome, De!

Have fun with the Roly Polys and post some pics if you get a chance. I'd love to see what you all come up with!
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Ok..in hopes of Not sounding like a dunce...nimble mandrel-turning fingers..is not some tool that I have never heard of is it??
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Ok..in hopes of Not sounding like a dunce...nimble mandrel-turning fingers..is not some tool that I have never heard of is it??
Oh, Cherie...NO! It's not a "secret weapon" nor do I THINK you need an EMS (Electric Mandrel Spinner); Thumb and Forefinger - either hand - should suffice!

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Oh, Cherie...NO! It's not a "secret weapon" nor do I THINK you need an EMS (Electric Mandrel Spinner); Thumb and Forefinger - either hand - should suffice!

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HA Ha...okay..Thanks De!
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Old 2009-11-28, 5:00pm
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I bought one..I was one of those people who had asked laura to write a tutorial on these type of beads...I love the look and I have a ton of ideas for color combo's..cant wait to get it!!
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Just ordered my copy. Can't wait to play.
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Nifty stuff, Laura! Can't wait to see other people's beads that are inspired by your Tut!
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Heading to the torch armed with this tut! Will post if they come out well...wish me luck!

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Oh, and I have a question about technique - will PM it to keep the magic of your tut FRESH!

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Ha, thanks De!

Hi Cherie - when I say 'nimble-mandrel turning fingers' I don't mean that you've got to act like a baton twirler or anything. I mean that the glass gets pretty hot at one point and you need to be able to control your mandrel turning so that you don't drop molten glass everywhere.

Hope that helps!
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Just brought a copy, waiting waiting ......
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Hi Kerry

I've sent out all paid for PDFs (I woke up and had a wodge to email out) so you should have yours. Check your spam/bulk mail folder. If it doesn't arrive soon, give me a shout.

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Hi Laura, I am so sorry. I did not mean that I was waiting for you to send it, because you hadn't! I was saying that I was excitedly waiting. I had only just that moment ordered it Sorry for the misunderstanding.

However, when I saw your reply, I did check my emails and spam, nothing yet.
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No no, no misunderstanding! I just know what it's like waiting for email.

I'll resend now .....
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Very cool Tutoiral Laura..thanks for doing this and offering at such a reasonable price! I have to go get ready for work now..Grr..,,,,.I wish I could go torch..darn it anyhow..
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Kerry - good good! Enjoy!

Thanks Cherie - happy melting!
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I LOVE those beads!! I remember seeing and admiring them awhile ago . . . do you have an Etsy store?? Maybe I stumbled upon your website and thought they were really cool
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Hi Ginny

I used to have an Etsy store but only as an experiment for a month or so. I do all my bead sales via my website.

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Ohh, just ordered! I can't wait to try it!
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You need to start a separate thread for people to show what they've
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