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BEADS BEADS BEADS!
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Beadmaking typically is done with colorful rods of COE 104 glass (moretti, effetre, vetrafond, lausha, etc.) to wind a ribbon of molten glass onto a steel mandrel that has been prepped with a coating of bead release so the glass won't stick to the mandrel.  The glass is then shaped and decorated in a number of different ways ~ the possibilities are limitless!  I also work with strips of recycled wine bottles, recycled glass from Kauai, and even borosilicate rods.  Each type of glass presents its own challenges and cool characteristics.  Enjoy the studio pics below.
 

 

 

Elizabeth Adams (2004) demonstrating beadmaking to Lizz for her Senior Project in the old studio.

 


 

 

Beads need to be annealed in the kiln, otherwise they can eventually crack.


 

 

 

Student making glass beads by winding moretti rod onto steel mandrel coated with bead release. (c)2007

 

 

Lizz placing dots on a moretti bead


 

 

 

Student making moretti beads in the new studio.  Check out all those gorgeous colors! 2007


 

 

 

Beads by student Zoe K, senior project. Love that star bead!