Wednesday, 6 June 2012
WOYWW - Bulk Gas is go
as you can see my bulk gas set up has been connected, and I even managed two beads on Saturday ....
only time for two as the rest of the extended weekend was used to watch the Diamond Jubilee ..... I am happy to admit that we just chilled out in front of the log burner (that cold even in June) and watched anything Jubilee related we could get our hands on ...... what a fabulous time, and how wonderful our Queen looked. We certainly know how to put on a show in this Kingdom.
I've just cleaned up the beads and taken them off the mandrel - it was quite easy this time, as it seems the better you make the bead the easier it is to get off ......
sorry about the photo, it seems that glass beads are one of the hardest things to take a decent picture of because of the light (that's my excuse!).
I'm happy to report that these ones are more uniform, one is slightly smaller as I used the smaller hole in the bead press - which, incidentally, works a treat. Although I was watching a girl on Youtube last night use and and she does it a little differently .... so I will try her method and see if that works out a little better ... basically, I have one nice dipped in rounded hole on each, and the other end is a little lemon-shaped on each .... so her method should resolve that. For those interested here is Lori using her round press:
I am loving this Light Turquoise Effectre (104) 591232 is the code, but as I only got 1 rod of each colour I need more to be able to complete a bracelet project - so I may head off to Creative Glass at Rochester to track some down. The rest of the decoration was just various colour stringers that I had hanging around on my workstation. I spent the rest of the torch time I had on Saturday pulling a stringer in every single colour of rod I had, and now I have a pretty little bucket for random use.
One thing I am learning is you use up more than you think, so each time a project is started it is best to pull more stringer than you estimate you need .... as you can't stop in the middle of a bead to make more.
Sorry to be so boring about glass, it's just endlessly fascinating .... I am not sure when I will be back on paper as most of it's packed up!
If you want more paper based products, and seeing as it is Wednesday .... why not pop over to Fair Queen Julia's for a look at all the inspiring desks at WOYWW.