Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Little Twisted

A simple bead shape -with a twist - literally.

First, make a small bead with a raised ring around the middle - like the planet Saturn.

Then lightly spot heat an area on the ring of glass and, using tweezers, grab the glass and slowly give it a quarter turn twist.

If you're doing two beads on a mandrel be sure and quench the tweezers before doing the twist on the second bead - otherwise the tweezers will be too hot and the glass will stick to them.

This pair is Cim's Bordello center with a twisted band of Double Helix Aion.
I wish the iridescence of the band showed a little better in these photos, in real life it looks like a soap bubble.

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