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Old 2017-05-03, 9:55am
Tina Whitton Tina Whitton is offline
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Talking Volcano beads?????

HI all!! I have seen some beautiful beads on etsy which I would like to try out. They are hollow beads, done on a 3/16 mandrel but the artist has put multiple large holes in the bead. The artist is from the Ukraine and her beads are stunning. I would love to try this out, but don't know quite where to start, they are also done with106 Coe glass... she also calls them Volcano beads..any ideas out there???
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Old 2017-05-03, 2:57pm
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None, short of asking the artist if she sells a tutorial for the technique.
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Old 2017-05-03, 11:04pm
Ravenesque Ravenesque is offline
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There are a few threads on blown beads, it's a traditional way of beadmaking.
Here's a recent one that was bumped up

but her way with the holes not so much, ask her ? She might be willing to tell or let you know if there is a tutorial.
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Old 2017-05-04, 1:08pm
Tina Whitton Tina Whitton is offline
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Default Volcano beads

Hi ya! Thanks so much for the ideas on how to find out how to make those beads.... super......just ask the artist herself... I doubt that would be a problem as i don't want to make them for sale, just for myself !!! . Cheers, tina
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Old 2017-05-07, 8:20pm
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Spot heat where you want the hole, and then blow it out. To do the second hole, spot heat and when ready to blow block the first hole with a graphite tool. For the third idea lol...

Maybe she is a Jedi and spot heats and blows all the holes halfway (leaving them as bumps) then does a quick reheat and pops them all at once with one mighty magic blow. That would be fun to see!
Quilidglass on Etsy.
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hollow beads, multiple hole bead, volcano

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