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Old 2010-06-02, 8:30am
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Default Free and Easy Tutorial for Hydrangea Beads

This is a down and dirty quick look at how to make the hydrangea beads. I am assuming that the lampworker possesses basic skills and knowledge of safety procedures.....

1. Make a base bead of a glass of your choice with the footprint being about as wide as you want your finished bead to be.

2. Marver this bead into a cone shape, adding more glass at the larger end until the shape pleases you.

3. Add dots around the bead about 1/4 of the bead's length back from the mandrel on the small end of the cone. Melt in slightly.

4. One at time, heat and press each dot until it has a uniform flat top - Try to make all of the dots the same size and height.

5. Add clear (or a complimentary transparent) over the top of each dot to cover the surface.

6. Once again, heat each dot individually and press until a flat top is achieved. This completes the first row.

7. For the second row - add your base dots as before in the spaces between and just to the back of the first row dots. Melt in slightly and repeat steps 4 - 6 until finished. Add each subsequent row in the same manner until you have as many rows as you would like.

Your bead should now look something like this:






8. Take your pick and gently heat and pull out each of the first row petals individually. Do the same with each row - working from front to back.

9. Add your leaf dots (if desired) around the base of the bead on the shoulder near the mandrel. Cover with clear/transparent and heat and pull these out until you are happy with the shape and appearance of the bead.

After making a few, you should now have something that resembles this:





10. By pulling the tips of the "leaves" up/down/longer/shorter you can alter the appearance of your Hydrangea to make other types of flowers.

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Beautiful. I always wondered how those are made.
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Wow! Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!
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Thanks! I would love to see everyone's flowers if you would want to post them here!!
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Looks great! Thanks for sharing your hardwork!
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Thank you for sharing! Love those little flowers!
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Cool I am headed to the torch room to try this!
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Ooh I saw these in the Clio thread and marvelled at your technique.
THanks Joan!
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So kind of you to share Joan. Thank you!
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You are a sweetheart to share this! Thanks! I love your beads, they are beautiful!
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How sweet you are to share this. Wonderful tutorial, thank you!
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Thanks so much I love these beads and can't wait to try them.
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I love these flower beads, thanks so much for the great little tutorial.
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Thank you all so much! They are lots of fun to make and look great in jewelry! Tons of different color combos to try out too!!! I would love to see pics if anyone makes any! Cheers! Joan
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What a great tutorial - I'll be giving it a try this weekend when I get to my torch. Thanks so much, the tutorial is wonderful and it gave me many ideas to make it my own.
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Very cool, Joan. Thanks so much for sharing your technique!!
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first try didn't go so well.I am gonna try again today
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Thank you Joan! I love these beads - can't wait to try this out!
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What part are you having trouble with HoneyBunny?
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I used the wrong color for my base and it was too soupy.Gonna try again with something a little less runny LOL
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Oh Joan, these are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the how too's on these
I just came in from the torch looking for some inspiration, and now...well I'm back out to try!
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Thank you, cant wait for the garage to cool off some so I can try it.
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What a great tutorial....so generous of you to share it with us!

I can't wait to try it out...thank you!
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Thank you so much for sharing this tut Joan.. you're a star !!
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Has anyone made any flowers yet?? I would love to see them!! Anyone need any help with the technique?
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Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to try it...
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