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Old 2007-02-27, 11:42pm
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Default Hearts with twisted loops - photo tutorial the way I do it

Hearts photo tutorial for the way I do them, with twisted loops. I didn't realize how many steps there are until I did this tut. If there is anything that is missing or unclear, PM me and I'll answer and/or fix the tut. -Don-

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Old 2007-02-28, 12:12am
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Love it!!!!!
I have never seen anything like that press thing you have what is that? (sorry Newbie here)
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Old 2007-02-28, 12:52am
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Hi Lori,
I love making my own tools and this is one of them. It is a press (see 11th pic) made of stainless steel pipe sawn up and welded. There are two sizes of the top part, for different thicknesses. Handles are wooden coat hanger pegs, welding was done by Zora in her H.S. welding class. Pipe diameter was about 2", any fairly shallow cylindrical press from those like Cattwalk who make presses would work.

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Don, you and Zora did an absolute fabulous job! Can't wait to try this one!
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Very nice tutorial, just love your hearts

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Old 2007-02-28, 5:42am
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Great tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to put this together!
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Old 2007-02-28, 6:08am
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Thanks for the tutorial! That is about how I was making them but never would have thought of a FORKED punty LOL Will make it lots easier now LOL Also love the tools too. I got oa bicone marver from you a while ago and love it. Didnt use it much at first but now use it every day (since I figured out how to use it LOL) Anyway, Thanks!!

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Old 2007-02-28, 8:15am
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Wow. I gave it 5 stars just for the "forked punty" alone !
What a great tute - well done!!!!
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Old 2007-02-28, 8:25am
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Can it work with soft glass?

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Old 2007-02-28, 8:28am
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The forked punty is way cool. Thanks for the tut!
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Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this with us
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Thank you, thank you! I've always admired your hearts.... Definitely a 5 Star tutorial!
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Old 2007-02-28, 11:11am
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Awesome tutorial!! Thanks!
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Great tutorial, you make it look so easy!!! I love your beautiful work!!
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Old 2007-02-28, 3:22pm
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Thank you Don. Great tutorial. Very nice of you to share it with us. My sister has some of those kind up on Ebay. Wonder if she learned them from you? Thanks again!
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Thanks so much! I'm gonna give it a go very soon!
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Wow! You just opened my eyes to a whole new way to play with glass! Thanks
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Thank you Don! This is a great tut! I love the tools and the punty!
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Hi Don, Fantastic TUT! Is the toothed rake a clipper blade? Thanks!

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This is great! So clear and it looks so simple - which I am sure is a false impression!

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Very enlightning,your basic practical nature serves you well. But I didn't know anyone actually lived on Kodiak Island. Visited as a sprout and rode around with my parents friends in a surplus WW2 landing craft. I kept asking if there was a machine gun on board after seeing the size of the bear tracks all over the beach. You've got a great hobby to keep warm and make some side money too. TIM
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Great tutorial - love that forked punti...thanks!
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Gorgeous pictures and such an unusual process! Definitely food for thought. Thank you so much for sharing. Very very cool!!! Oh - and is that a plane blade you're raking with??
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Old 2007-03-01, 1:31am
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Thank you all for the compliments Its nice to be appreciated.

truegem: I haven't worked with soft glass, but I don't think this technique would work very well. So much of my work and boro in general depends on how stiff it is and being able to heat one side while the other is cool enough to hold its shape. I would love to know how it goes if anyone wants to try.

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what is your sisters name on ebay, I would love to see them.

Himalayan fanatic: Close, it is actually from a beard trimmer. Using it makes all the lines move down in parallel, which gives a different look than using a pick. I think that the last heart (blue/yellow) in my post in the Gallery may have been first raked with the comb then pulled further with a pick.

mtarara: Not to blow my own horn, much , but it just seems easy. The most important thing to pay attention to and to learn for this to work is "heat base" and "heat gradation" thorough the piece. Having the heat level change from one end to the other is what makes the glass stretch in a pleasing curve toward the tip. And of course you can't see the gradation in pictures.

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Don, you're so generous to share your technique. So far I haven't been fortunate enough to win any of your eBay auctions but continue to try. Thank you.
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Don, this was the most informative and easy to understand tutorial I have ever seen. I love your handmade tools, and now know what to do with all the used dog grooming clipper blades I have, and the forked punty, genius!

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Wonderful! Love the forked punty. I'll be trying this this weekend with soft glass. I really think I can make it work.
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wow! what a great post. thanks! nice visuals for me haha.
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Old 2007-03-02, 8:03am
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Hey Don....fantastic tutorial! Thanks SO much for sharing this with us. I love the twistie look of your hearts. Mine are just a concoction of anything I have sitting on my table. Yours is so precise.

The loop is pretty much the same way I do mine. I love the way they hang from a silver chain.
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Don I made about 10 this weekend with soft glass. By the last ones they were starting to look decent. I got a little creative to do it but basically following your instruction it is possible to do in soft glass. I'll try and get a photo later.
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