Smooth Sailing Beads

Bright striped lampwork beads.

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These bright colored beads are easy to make and fun to wear. Feel free to use different colors, just be sure to choose colors that are bright and high contrast. The base bead is shaped quickly, making this an excellent project to learn how to recognize and control the heat of your glass. And when you add your spiral, even if it's uneven, it will still look great. This beginner/intermediate project includes step-by-step photographs.
Required Materials: Glass rods, graphite paddle, mandrels/bead release. See project for complete list.
Tools Needed: Didymium glasses, lampworking torch, annealing kiln. See project for complete list.
Techniques Used: Lampwork
Originally Published: Step by Step Beads, July-August 2005

SKU: EP0634

Author/Speaker/Editor: Louise Mehaffey

Format: eProject