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Channel Bead Molds

Channel Bead Mold Kit

Channel bead molds are great for making larger kiln formed beads.  The outer two channels are slightly narrower for making smaller square beads, the center two channels slightly larger for making focal beads, or beads with two holes for more complex designs.

Materials needed:

Channel bead mold kit

bottle glass of various colors

kiln wash

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Fused Glass Blob beads

fused cobalt bead

In my never ending quest to fuse all the things, I picked up a huge bag of glass globs at the thrift store.  I’ve also heard them called jewels, and they look like flattened marbles.  There are quite a few different colors, some irridized, but most not.  There is also the possibility that some of the colors are painted, the reds and oranges in particular.  That’s what makes this fun!

Glass Blobs

Glass Globs

These ones are relatively small, around the size of a dime or a penny.  First I prepared my mandrels (dip them twice if your bead release is thin).  Next I kiln washed my large lentil bead mold.

The blobs fit perfectly into the bottom of the mold with a mandrel over the top.

Fusing glass globs

Glass blobs in the mold

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Lentil Bead Molds

kiln formed bead molds

Materials needed:

Lentil Bead Mold (any size, or ALL the sizes for extra fun)

Kiln Wash

Glass frit

Step 1.  Prepare the mandrels.

Each bead kit ships with a dozen mandrels and a tube of bead release, so you’re all set to go when your kit arrives. Read more

Triangle Bead Molds

fused triangle glass bead mold

Triangle bead molds are now available in the online shop.  These clever molds are double sided, giving you two kiln formed bead making options in one mold.  One side makes triangle shaped beads, the other makes rounded tube beads. Read more

Making a Triangle Glass Bead Mold

Triangle Beads - recycled glass

I’ve always loved beads.  In fact, I’m mildly obsessed with beads after taking a bead making class last year.  So, I tried a little experiment.  Could I quickly and easily make a mold to make fused triangle shaped beads? Read more