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Reactive Twisties 2011

Reactive Twisty + Murrini











– 21 pages
– over 50 images
– 2.8 mb file size

S W I R L is a three-in-one tutorial for both newer and more experienced lampworkers. Using the techniques on how to make a gravity swirl bead, I share with you how to shape a slender bicone-shape bead AND show you how to work with both striking silver glass and reducing one on a single bead. Please note that the silver glass part of this tutorial is secondary.

For those of you who are not ready for silver glass, there are examples of beads made with regular production COE104 glass. Steps 1 through 32 will remain the same, you can easily follow along using non-silver glass alternatives.

This tutorial is set up so you can follow the step-by-step instructions easily on the main section of the page with additional valuable tips on the side bar. When you are at the torch, you may concentrate only on the tasks at hand and not have to read the unnecessary text.

There is a lot of information in addition to the swirl tutorial, including my favorite - Shaping 101! As many of you know, my passion is silver glass but my obsession is perfectly shaped and executed forms. If you have ever wondered how I make my slender bicone-shape beads so they stand up on both ends perfectly perpendicular to the table top, here is your chance to find out! I firmly believe this is an important foundation for new lampworkers to acquire, as well as for seasoned beadmakers to master. So even if you are not ready for silver glass, you can benefit greatly from the Shaping 101 portion of this ebook.

In order to fully utilize this tutorial, you will need to make a bead that’s about 2"/50mm long. Having said that, you may choose to only do the middle swirl and omit the swirls on the two endscompletely. In this case, you may work on a slightly shorter bead.

This pdf version of S W I R L is for viewing on your computer. You may also print one (1) copy for your personal use. Please make sure you have high-speed internet connection.

Instant download for $21.00 – 50% off discount automatically applied in 2020


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