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Floral Kiln Formed Beads

Fused Flower Bead

Today’s tutorial takes kiln formed beads one step further by creating a fused in floral pattern. By varying this pattern, you can create a wide variety of designer beads for beautiful jewelry.  This tutorial uses our Channel Bead Mold Kit. Continue reading Floral Kiln Formed Beads

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Wearable Chime Pendant

Fused Chime Pendant

This design evolved from a multi loop fused glass bail that I made at the same time as the single loop bail from earlier in the week.  I wasn’t sure how viable it was really going to be, but I have to admit, this thing is ridiculously cute.

Materials needed:

glass (I’m using a blue Bud Light bottle)

Triangle Bead Mold Kit

20 gauge nichrome wire

jumprings

leather cord

round nose pliers

needle nose pliers

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Fused Glass Bail Beads

Fused Glass Bead

Frequently at art shows I see many beautiful pendants with boring bails.  I admit, the bail is often the last thing I think about when making jewelry, and often my bails are even less interesting than the average boring bail.  I’ve decided my new go to is a fused glass bail bead.  While it’s not earth shatteringly cool, it gives me a chance to add a bit more color and balance to my glass pendant.  There are also many ways to embellish your bail, which we’ll cover in a future tutorial. See what you think.

Materials needed:

glass (I’m using a flattened Bud Light bottle)

20 gauge nichrome wire

glue

round nose pliers

wire cutters

needle nose pliers Continue reading Fused Glass Bail Beads

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Blue Spring Bracelet

Fused Bottle glass bracelet

Once you’ve gotten a stock of bottle glass bar beads, you can start making some fun jewelry designs.

This bracelet is made with memory wire, bar beads, leather cord and one round bead with a large hole.  The memory wire makes the bracelet springy, and the leather cord makes it adjustable for ease of wearing.

Step 1:  Choose your bar beads.  I’m using 5 different shades of blue, and a total of 15 beads.  Altogether, my beads are 7.5″.  Laying them out against a ruler like this will give you an idea of how much wire you need for Step 2. Continue reading Blue Spring Bracelet

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Fused Bottle Glass Bar Beads

Fused Bottle Glass Beads

Bar beads are made with 2 strips of bottle glass fused over 2 mandrels to make a long skinny bead with 2 holes. These beads can be used in a variety of jewelry designs, and can be mixed and matched for all kinds of colorful looks.

Start with flattened bottle glass sheets. I like to do a variety of these beads at the same time.

Step 1:

Cut the bottle glass into strips measuring 3/8″ wide by 1 3/4″ long (.375″ x 1.75″). Continue reading Fused Bottle Glass Bar Beads

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Fused Bottle Glass Stars

Fused yellow bottle glass star

You might think that fused bottle glass stars are a holiday specific item, but I make these three designs in multiple colors for year round giving.  They are terrific for tying onto any gift with a bow to make it extra special, and they are a lovely small ‘Thank You’ gift for friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Materials

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Fused Glass with Plaster Forms

fused bottle glass with plaster

If you haven’t tried fusing with plaster forms yet, you should give it a try.  The main idea is to create a small three dimensional plaster form and then fuse glass over it.  After fusing, the plaster can be removed leaving a detailed copy of the plaster form in the glass.

Today we’ll make a set of reference pieces to have on hand for future project planning.  I always start a new technique with a set of reference pieces, my ‘library’ has hundreds of sets now, and they come in quite handy.  I highly recommend the practice.

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Fused Glass Bangle Bracelet

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Bangle bracelets are a nice item to have in your product mix, they are less size dependant than clasp bracelets, and are great for people who love jewelry but have difficulty with operating catches and clasps.  This bracelet is made with beads that were fused using the Channel Bead Mold.  (See the full Channel Bead Mold Tutorial) Some of the beads were then tumbled in a rock tumbler for a sea glass appearance. Continue reading Fused Glass Bangle Bracelet