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Old 2018-09-01, 8:08am
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Default Perfecting my initial footprint

What’s the secret for laying a “perfect” glass-to-mandrel footprint when starting a bead? I always seem to end up with one area of my initial footprint making less contact to the mandrel than the rest, which results in uneven rounding.

Thank you in advance for your feedback. Much appreciated.

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Old 2018-09-01, 10:10am
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Touch your melted gather (lightly) to the FRONT of the mandrel while turning.

NOT to the top of the mandrel.
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Old 2018-09-02, 6:12am
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Practice, practice, practice. Nothing beats it. You will get better; it's just a matter of doing it a lot.
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Old 2018-09-02, 11:07am
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Is your mandrel hot enough when you first touch the glass to it? Glass does not stick to a cold mandrel. And with practice, you will learn to round off a wonky footprint. But is sure is easier when the glass goes on well to start!
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Old 2018-09-04, 10:36am
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I am one of the rare birds who does not have a good footprint. This thread might interest you.

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Old 2018-09-04, 4:04pm
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I tend to work a flatter, coiled up, disk shape and then sneak up on the best foot print with heat control melting it slowly down into shape.

For me, it's mostly a matter of patience, patience, patience with my practice, practice, practice.
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Old 2018-09-05, 4:04am
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Old 2018-09-13, 8:36am
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Thank you for your feedback!
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Old 2018-09-15, 4:16am
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I agree with Speedslug.

Make a coil/disc that you melt down to become your bead.

This method gives you great puckers. It also teaches heat control as you put on the glass and it is easier to melt smaller volume and make multiple wraps. It is also useful for other techniques. good luck and practice.
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