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Flower Bead

I said I’d post this bead from March fourth, so I am. I haven’t made any flower beads in the last few days. I’ve been focusing on rounding out series of beads that I can sell on www.etsy.com . I’ve been playing with my glass too. I tried making a hollow bead and it came out horribly. I’ve been practicing bicones, and working on new designs.

On the DH Gaia front, I tried attaching the tin foil around the Hot Head with a metal binder clip, but it didn’t work too well. I need to work on that technique a little bit more.

I don’t think I’ve posted this yet, but my mother is talking seriously about getting me a new torch. I’m so looking forward to having a bigger, more powerful torch. A lot of things need to be worked out first, like where in the house I’m going to set it up, what we’re going to do about ventilation, what torch to buy, and so on. I have a lot of questions and it is very difficult to sort through all the information on the Internet. Well, it isn’t really information, more anecdotal really. But still, I should be getting a new torch in the next couple of months. I’m so excited!

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More on Double Helix Gaia

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I haven’t made any Double Helix beads in the last few days so I better write out my process so I don’t forget. As you can see, I’m working on a Hot Head. I use a piece of tin foil to create the reducing flame. I read somewhere on the net that you could just slide a collar of tin foil on and off the holes, but I found that the shape of the Hot Head was not conducive to that. Instead I have been holding the tin foil together with my hand. This could be a problem.

First, form the bead in a regular neutral flame. Then, let the bead cool until it is no longer glowing. I use the time that the bead is cooling to grab my tin foil and hold it over the holes in the bottom of the torch. Gaia reduces very quickly. Just a few seconds in the reducing flame right above the candles should do it.

I’ve rethought my method of creating a reducing flame. I’m going to try a clothespin to keep the tin foil in place and try encasing the bead in the reducing flame. I will post the results.

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Double Helix – Gaia

This little guy just didn’t want to come off its mandrel. In the process of trying to remove it, I think I wore off some of the reduction/ metallic sheen. Now I’m thinking that the DH Gaia really needs to be encased, but the reduction burns off in a neutral flame, so I’d have to encase it in the reduction flame. This means that I have to rethink my current technique of creating the reduction flame because I would need both hands to do the encasing. I’m beginning to think that the DH is difficult to work with.

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Double Helix Woes

Well, I’m a bit frustrated with the Double Helix Gaia. I made something like 15 beads today and none of them turned out. I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried everything I could think of. I ‘ve searched the Internet for advice and tried to follow that advice, but still get nothing. Wow, I sound really dumb and whiny. Oh well. I’m a little dispirited.

I’m thinking about bringing some of the DH to the workshop I’m going to on Sat. Flame Tree Glass doesn’t sell DH but they might know something about it. I could always take it and leave it in my car just in case.

Last night as I was falling asleep I was thinking about how far I have yet to go as far as my skill with glass goes. I have a long long way to go. And even if I do get really good with glass, I don’t know if I’m creative enough to really make a career out of this hobby. I’m filled with self doubt.

I think I might invest some energy in stripe beads tomorrow. They’re fairly easy to do and it will give me a lift to have some beads turn out.

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Double Helix Glass

When I first heard about Double Helix Glass I really wanted to try it. Since I moved back in with my mother and the Christmas vacation was paid for, this was the first month that I had some extra money. So, I bought some DH Gaia and began experimenting with it. This is the best results I’ve gotten so far. I think if I can get the hang of this reduction thing it will be a lot of fun to play with.

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