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Old 2010-06-05, 5:25pm
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* Snake Skin Beads *



I used Reichenbach 96 Iris Yellow since I had a pound of it. It's thinner than the average rod, maybe 2-3 mm.

1. Green frit - I used several colors of green frit, in sizes varying from powder to size 2. Select your frits and mix them together in a heat safe container (or whatever you normally use when you're using frit). I go heavy on the bigger frit, and less on the smaller sizes. I only use a smidge of powder. I also threw in a pinch of iris blue frit too.

2. Heat your thin rod of Iris Yellow in the flame - You're going to make a very thin footprint on the mandrel. Wind the next round directly on top of the footprint, and so on and so on. I keep winding till the gather is about as big as a quarter.

3. Heat just the outside rim until it's glowing orange and roll it through the frit mixture. You'll have a skinny bead with an outside rim covered in the frit mixture.

4. Carefully re-heat the bead before you begin to shape it. If you stick it right into the flame it may break because it's so thin.

5. Slowly melt it down to a bead size. That's it!

The snake skin effect comes from the frits melting and stretching as the base Iris Yellow melts down into a bead. PM me if you've got any questions. Now go make a snake skin bead and lemme see!
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Old 2010-06-05, 8:34pm
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing!!!
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Old 2010-06-05, 9:06pm
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Awesome Alexis! I'm going to try this as soon as My oxycon is up & running again!
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Old 2010-06-05, 9:13pm
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Thank you. I really like the effect and will definitely try it.
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Old 2010-06-06, 10:17am
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Way too cool - and thanks for this.
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Thank you so much for your generous tips and great tut!
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Old 2010-06-06, 7:20pm
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Absolutely! Don't the beads come out kind of creepy? I love it!
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Thanks Alexis - great tips!!
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These are awesome!!
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Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to try this...
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These are beautiful, can't wait to try it!
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This looks great, thanks for the tutorial .Can't wait to work
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