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    I've actually managed to get some torch time this weekend. Here's one I made on Friday that I'm pleased with.



    This bead has a bit of a story attached to it for anyone who's interested; http://bumpybeads.blogspot.com/2008/...l-hunting.html

    Thank you for looking!
    Heather
    Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
    www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
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  • #2
    wow

    I can totally understand why that one is a "keeper" ,it is amazing .
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    • #3
      Heather that is just amazing! How do you get the surface so smooth like that? Is there some way you polish the beads after you make them?

      Must have a look at your web site for more examples.

      I have never seen anything like that before, lovely, truly amazing in fact!

      How do you get the hole in the beads or is it a secret like 'Polo Mints'?

      Do you tumble them or something to get the polished finish??

      Larry
      Last edited by LarryM; 03-08-2008, 06:03 PM.

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      • #4
        Wow that is absolutely beautiful! In fact, just had a look at your website - all your beads are lovely!
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        • #5
          Thank you very much Larry. It's lovely to get nice feedback!

          The beads are polished in the coolest part of the torch flame once I've finished the shaping and am happy with the design. Glass will show chill marks if it's been shaped with a graphite marver, and these have the appearance of little ripples. Flame polishing evens out the ripples and smoothes the surface so that you achieve that lovely glassy sheen.

          The hole in the bead is formed as the bead is constructed. The way lampwork beads are made is by winding molten glass around a steel rod, called a mandrel. The mandrel is dipped in a liquid clay/graphite solution, called bead release. This enable the bead to be slid off the mandrel without sticking to it. Once the bead is slid off, the space where the mandrel once was becomes the bead's hole.

          The beads have to be annealed to make them strong and to protect them from thermal shock. If beads cool down too quickly they will crack. I anneal my beads by placing them in a kiln once I've finished flame polishing. The kiln "soaks" the beads for an hour at around 520 degrees celcius, and then cools them gradually until they're safe to remove when they're down at room temperature. Then, I slide the bead off the mandrel, clean out any bead release residue from the hole, and give them a quick rinse in soapy water.

          Lots of imported glass beads are not annealed, and that's why they'll very often crack and chip with just the tiniest knock. If you find yourself covered in white powder after wearing new jewellery made from imported beads, that'll be the bead release coming out that hasn't been removed as it should have been.

          I hope that gives you an idea of the beadmaking process.

          I'm afraid I've no idea how they get the holes in Polo mints. Magic I expect.

          Originally posted by LarryM View Post
          Heather that is just amazing! How do you get the surface so smooth like that? Is there some way you polish the beads after you make them?

          Must have a look at your web site for more examples.

          I have never seen anything like that before, lovely, truly amazing in fact!

          How do you get the hole in the beads or is it a secret like 'Polo Mints'?

          Do you tumble them or something to get the polished finish??

          Larry
          Heather
          Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
          www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
          http://www.etsy.com/shop/BumpyBeads

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          • #6
            Well Heather it sounds like a fairly complex and skillful business and you sure seem to be an expert. It's funny how something so simple which we take so for granted, has a lot of interesting processes in it manufacture.

            I never even new you could anneal glass Heather so I have learned something new today.

            Your beads and jewellery are top class for sure.

            I am sure that it must be fascinating to watch how they are made. I remember when a child watching a man in Blackpool making ornaments such as ships by melting glass in a gas torch.

            It's also amazing how many crafts I have seen on the forum which I never new existed until I started looking at the posts.

            Anyhow, next time I have to buy my wife a little gift I am going to visit your web site!

            Keep up the good work Heather, I am sure your beads and jewellery must sell faster then you can make it!

            Thanks very much for the detailed explanation which I am sure many people will enjoy reading.

            As for the polo mints, all I know is my MP says if I vote for him, he will make sure I get bigger holes in my polo mints in the future!

            All the best Heather,

            Larry

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            • #7
              Wow - that's amazing! I LOVE it! Well done!!
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              Go on, add some sparkle to your project!

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              • #8
                That really is beautiful...
                Cheers,
                Scorch

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                • #9
                  Stunning work, wow!

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                  • #10
                    That is superb, truly beautiful and I don't blame you for keeping it either! We used to live along the coast in West Bay, Bridport and went fossil foraging too, not found anything as complete as yours though unfortunately. I'm sure there's a shop, among others, in Lyme Regis, down the bottom of the hill, that can clean and polish up your fossil finds. Worth a visit to the shop anyway just for a mooch around, and possible inspiration too.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks everyone.

                      Nettie, that's good to know for the future. In the meantime my husband, unbeknown to me, has cleaned up our ammonite I'd never have forgiven him if he'd spoilt it - but fortunately its cleaned up perfectly! I'll take another pic later this evening.
                      Heather
                      Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
                      www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
                      http://www.etsy.com/shop/BumpyBeads

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                      • #12
                        truly beautiful!
                        Snowf1975

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