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Old 2012-04-01, 8:01pm
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Do not place you press so that when you lift the top your hand hits the hot torch head. Ow.

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Old 2012-04-01, 8:12pm
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Do not flame polish the end of a point then blow into it a few seconds later.

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Old 2012-04-01, 8:50pm
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Do not pick up pieces of glass with your hands after they shock off of a rod.
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Old 2012-04-01, 8:53pm
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Do not put your freshly used rod in the pile of other rods your goona use and then dig for the next color.....OUCH!
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Old 2012-04-01, 10:16pm
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Do not heat the glass until it's soupy on the mandrel and spin it around to lengthen a side.

Unless you like globs of hot glass on your shoulder.

Then go right ahead.
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Old 2012-04-01, 10:27pm
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Where is the like button, damn it. Some of these are funny because I have done it myself.


Do not clean the glass rod with your clothes under your arm unless it is room temperature. A third degree burn is not ideal in the armpit.
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Old 2012-04-02, 12:19am
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Do not test your graphite marver's temperature with your chin.
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Old 2012-04-02, 1:41am
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Do not leave the needle-fine hooks on the end of your rod.

And do not scratch your ear with the hand holding a hot rod--unless you like bits of your hair melted into your bead.

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Old 2012-04-02, 3:52am
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Do not shake the jar of bead release unless you are 100% sure you closed the lid tightly. Even if you ARE sure, check again.
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Old 2012-04-02, 4:02am
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Do no wipe a hot mandrel across your pant leg to get that glob of bead release off the end of the mandrel....
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Old 2012-04-02, 4:03am
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Do no wipe a mandrel across your pant leg to get that glob of bead release off the end of the mandrel....after heating it...
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Old 2012-04-02, 5:39am
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Do not reach across your bench because DH "has just got to see this!!" and light your sleeve on fire.
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Old 2012-04-02, 5:44am
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Never use your mouth as a third hand.... especially with an hot stringer.........
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Old 2012-04-02, 6:03am
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Do not light your torch with the oxygen on.
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Old 2012-04-02, 7:52am
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Stop! You all are killing me laughing! I've done so many of these....
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Old 2012-04-02, 8:03am
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Do not light your torch with the oxygen on.
May I ask why on this one?

Do not use Opal Yellow unless you are courageous and with no vanity. I have a scar on my eyelid to prove it
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Old 2012-04-02, 8:30am
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I was having a hard time lighting my torch & decided to try it with oxygen.
The resulting fireball singed my eyebrows, and thank goodness I had my glasses on, because I felt like I had a sunburn, so my eyes would have probably not been happy.
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Old 2012-04-02, 8:47am
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Edited 'cause Charmaine is right!!!
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Old 2012-04-02, 10:10am
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DO NOT try to snap your knees shut to catch a marble and keep it from hitting the floor. This is definitely the ONE time you will make the catch! And wearing shorts no less. ;-D Samma
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Old 2012-04-02, 10:17am
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Never use your mouth as a third hand.... especially with an hot stringer.........
and especially not if you're wearing lip balm (it's gets all over the glass)
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Old 2012-04-02, 10:28am
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Do not sneeze without moving away from the flame. OUCH, ended up with a burn on my finger the size of a grape!

Some of these are funny though, but only after the healing.
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Old 2012-04-02, 11:00am
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Just because you need it to finish the bead your working on, do not pick up the rod of glass you dropped on the floor - it just might be uncool.
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Do not forget to tie your long hair back when torching ... especially when you have a tendency to reach over the flame to grab stuff in the middle of a bead.
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DO NOT try to snap your knees shut to catch a marble and keep it from hitting the floor. This is definitely the ONE time you will make the catch! And wearing shorts no less. ;-D Samma
I have a couple marble-shaped burn scars to remind me not to do this...
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I have one marble and one eyeball shape scars. Seems to be a right of passage, huh? I'm done now, they can hit the floor all they want ;-D
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Two things :
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2) do not try to smooth out silver foil with your fingers on a hot bead.
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Where is the like button, damn it. Some of these are funny because I have done it myself.


Do not clean the glass rod with your clothes under your arm unless it is room temperature. A third degree burn is not ideal in the armpit.
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