Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 2010

Version of Amy's "Storm" technique. This is my first attempt at actually writing down instructions for some bead I've made, so please bear with pun intended. My husband once ran into 2 grizzle bears on a run in British Columbia, but he is still here today to talk about it - so anyway - on to the instructions.

1. I've made a thick 2-4mm stringer of Amy's Storm Technique as she describes in her tutorial. See her Etsy site at akdlampwork Sometimes I twist the stringer as it is pulled out - I think this sort of helps add to the "storming" of the glass - Just remember to have a sort of thick stringer - as you are going to make a disk from it.

2. Starting with a small base of black, (about two times around the mandrel) I then add a disk shape from the stormed stringer. I try to add at least 2 or 3 rounds to the disk.

3. Then, I add 4 dots of clear to both sides of the disk and melt them in. The clear dots are off-set from each other -It might be interesting to see what the bead would look like if the dots were adjacent to each other. Please forgive the poor pictures. I am not used to making a bead and having to take a picture of it also - and then try to figure out the settings of the camera.

4. Encase the bead with at least 2 rounds of clear. Something I have to keep reminding myself of is that "more clear" is better.


Lisa said...

Jeannie, I love your wavy beads! May I ask what color you stormed in these photos? I've tried Psyche and Terranova without a lot of success. I may try Olympia Rain next, but I don't think it will give me the color variety you have here. Yours are really lovely!

jeanniesbeads said...

Hi Lisa -
Hope you check back to see my reply. My experience with silver glass is frustrating to say the least. I have used Aion in this bead - "stormed" as per Amy's tutorial. Sometimes I give the stringer a twist, more like a "stormed" twistie - any other help I can be, please let me know. It may be easier to Convo me on Etys.

jeanniesbeads said...

Isn't Aion the new Olympia Rain?