Friday, February 03, 2012


A couple of posts ago I showed you some old Venetian glass beads that have a great shape.
The violet and silver foil beads in these two pictures are my first attempt at re-creating them.

Here are the old ones again, for comparison (below).

What did I use? How did I do that?
I simply made a nice, plump oval bead and then spot heated and nipped in each side with these old cutters that I found at an estate sale. They're called tile nippers, or end nippers. You might already have a pair in your glass toolbox that you use for clipping rods of murrine cane.

Have a go at it! They are a fun shape to make.
Feel free to ask any how-to questions.

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