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Friday, February 27, 2015

Frit Tray & Etching tin from sugar/salt tin...

Someone gave me some Margarita mix and a sugar rimmer tin once for a birthday. While the mix and sugar are long gone, I kept the tin. I'm pretty sure the one I had came from World Market, but they can be bought anywhere, such as Amazon or most any liquor store.   Early summer is a great time to find them. They run around $7 and the salt or sugar can be used for other things, if you aren't into Margaritas. They are about 5" in diameter. They are made of aluminum, so easy to cut notches in, but are sturdy enough to hold shape and use often.

Etching tin - from the bottom part

Notches cut in the sides and bent down to hold mandrels for drying.
I use a cream and brush it on. The tin catches the drips
and I can turn the mandrel as it rests in the grooves.

Frit Tray - from the lid

Again - notches cut (I used a tin snip) and bent down to hold mandrel if needed,
or get bead closer to the frit in the tray.
The lid is only 3/8" deep with lots of room to roll the bead around.

Salt Rimmer from Amazon.
I'm thinking this flavor would be good on roasted chicken for a Mojo flavoring. 

This might be good in lemonaid or iced tea.

Beads of Wrath...

Still in the big crayon - scribbles stage in beadmaking, but getting better.

These are yesterday's beads - mostly done to dispel a bad mood.

large disc is about 1 1/2" across

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Today's Beads

Beads I did today - more practice.

I'm rather proud of the fish.
Bill the Cat! Hey, it's my first attempt.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beads and Kits and Videos, oh my!

Beads I made yesterday to try out a couple of techniques. Then I spent the evening watching videos to learn more!

First, the Beads...

Beads made 2/17/15
The large one is almost 2" in diameter.

The fish and Snake made for Ashley.
They are my first attempt at these, as are the drop beads.
The one on the mandrel has poked dot air bubble beads.

The Kits...
I put my most used supplies and tools in kits for easy storage and use. This way, if I want to do my cleaning or whatever elsewhere, I just grab the kit and move; I don't have to scurry about looking for the bits and pieces needed.

My bead cleaning kit.
A shoebox bin with various jars, pliers, bead reamer/clearner and cloths.
Jars to hold water:
  • Water carrier (quart jar)
  • Beads on mandrels to soak  and soak mandrels after removal: (tall jar)
  • Beads after taken off mandrel: Small jar
  • Beads to clean in water: plastic bowl (old lemonade mix lid)
  • Beads to rinse: small jar
  • Pliers for holding mandrel for stubborn beads
  • Cloths to dry beads and protect work surface
  • Small cloth to grab bead when removing from mandrel

My kits for cleaning beads and mandrels

mandrel cleaning: cleaner pads (scrubbers), jar to store and hold water to rinse mandrels, cloth to dry mandrels
The cloth is a piece of flour sack cloth. These can be found at Wal-Mart for $5 a pack of four large cloths.
The parts store in the jar
Kit for bead etching. 

Shoebox size bin
Jars for cleaning
Etching cream (takes 1 minute to etch glass)
Paint brush to apply etching cream
Flat tin with groves cut out to hold a mandrel while etching cream works - catches drips
I cut the notches with tin snips.
The tin is a margarita sugar tin from World Market
Cloth to protect work surface (another flour sack towel)
How to use etching cream:  apply cream to surface, wait 1 minute, rinse thoroughly.
You can use clear nail polish to cover areas you don't want etched.
Also available is etching solution to dip the bead in. I've not used that yet.
Beads not yet etched with cream.

After etching.

And the Videos...

Fascinating creation of a disc bead
Kristina Logan, Corning Museum of Glass

Lovely rainbow bead
Jeannie Cox

Basic encased bead
Laura Sparling

Life on a String: Beadmaking
 And my favorite of all:
Stephanie Sersich

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Page for The Studio

Since I spend a lot of time fixing up and upgrading the studio, I decided to make a separate page on this blog just for that, so as not to clutter up the blog posts.

It is here:

I'll change out pictures there for the actual studio space.

I will continue to post new beads, how-tos, and instructions here on the blog. Thanks!