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Twisted Flower Bead Tutorial – ReRun

December 23, 2014 , In: General, Glass, Tutorials
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This is a rerun of my tutorial for making twisted flowers on lampwork beads.  I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful holiday!

Bead Tutorial: Twisted Flowers

Materials:
1 rod light turquoise
1 rod light ivory
Tweezers

Remember to occasionally flash your bead in the flame so it doesn’t crack!

Step 1:
Gather
your materials. With your tweezers, pull a few stringers of light
ivory. Also, pull a short (1 1/2″) stringer of ivory with a larger base,
so you can hold onto it to twist.

Step 2:
Make
a basic bead of light turquoise. Make sure you are happy with the shape
– you won’t really be able to adjust it after you add your dots.
Step 3:
Add 3 dots of ivory in thirds around the bead. Make sure they are evenly spaced and about the same size.
Step 4:
Melt the dots in. Be careful not to let them get too molten, or they will misshape.
Step 5:
Heat
the space in the middle of one set of three dots. With your little
handmade twisting tool, twist the space in the middle of the three dots,
turning only about 1/2 to 3/4 of a turn. The more you twist, the more
your circles will distort. After you twist the dots, wiggle the tool a
little bit. If it’s cool enough, it should pop right off. If not, blow
on it slightly then wiggle – the tool will come right off and you’ll be
ready to twist the next set of dots.


Finished bead!
Step 6:
Continue with the other two sets of dots. When you are done, put the bead back in the flame to flame polish and shape it up!

© 2007 SueBeads.com

Of course, you can do other things with this basic tutorial, just use your imagination!  Make 5 petals; make the petals two-toned; leave the petals raised!

Susan Kennedy 
SueBeads Etsy Store
SueBeads Website 

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
    • Angi
    • February 5, 2013
    Reply

    You make it sound so easy! I have always wanted to learn lampworking. I use a micro torch a lot as a metalsmith, but I'm a little scared of glass, I'm not sure why. I would love to take a lampworking class, but I live in the boonies! The closest town big enough to offer such a class is almost 2 hrs away. Oh well, someday…..
    :-}

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

  1. Reply

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

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