Glass Bead Making: Flamework for Beginners : Glass Bead-Making: Multicolor Beads


Here we’re going to make, in the next segment
going to make a two string, two color stringer. And I will do that with black and white; and
rather than heat the middle of my cane, once again I’m going to heat the end of two difference
canes of glass, just like I’m doing now, black and white. The white popped a little bit,
that was thermal shock but because I’m holding the glass rod straight down away from me at
an angle to the table, about a forty-five degree angle to the table and forty-five degree
angle to me, it, it, it popped away from me, not at my shirt, and onto the metal surface
of my, my bench. I’ve made a decision that I’m going to use the white as my toothpaste
and the black will be my toothbrush, so to speak, and I’m going to coat on the white
in a nice toothpaste streak onto the black toothbrush. The black toothbrush was hot somewhat,
but not super hot that it was slumping and bending over or not giving me much control.
And I just keep adding on black, I mean excuse me, white, in pretty much an equal amount
so it, fifty-fifty say, fifty percent white, fifty percent black. I’m slowly rotating it,
I’m also shifting my direction of rotation so I’m not building in any swirls until I
want to. And in this demo is not intended to create a swirl piece, so I won’t actually
swirl it at all, but I do want to melt up all the white that I can, at which point I’m
going to reach for my white stub for control and I’m going to glue onto the joint between
the white and the black, the intersection area there. Just going to glue on and I’ll
give me a second handle on this gather of glass so I can get that final little bit of
white closet to me, on the rod I’m holding in my left hand, get that final bit of white
melted in. It’s hard to, hard to control it though if you don’t have a handle on it from
the other side. So now I’ve glued on mid-point, at the gather of the, of the major pieces
of glass and now I can tease that white down and I can rotate, if I rotate simultaneously,
I’m in good shape, I’m not introducing any twirls or twists into the glass. That’ll be
the next exercise in a moment, but this is to be just a bi-color, two color stringer,
just like the first one we did, which was cobalt, where we pulled it out to about one
and a half millimeters. Now we’re going to pull this out, also to about one and a half
millimeters in thickness. And you make a decision, at a certain point, there’s enough heat in
the thing, it’s regular or smooth enough, hang out for second, rotate to keep in control
and then pull. And pull straight without twisting. There you go, you can see the bi-color line.
Look how beautiful that is. Don’t pull too fast, rotate, if you rotate, rotate both hands
so as to not get a twist. Pull, pull, pull and hold. And you can do that vertical trick
I mentioned earlier and hold it like this for the glass to really set up. We have a
nice little segment of bi-colored stringer.

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