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Yesterday, I was practicing making twisties. So now I have a pile of twisties and very few ideas of what to do with them.
How do you use your twisties??
-wrap them around the middle of a bead
-make striped beads with them
-squiggle them on focals, along with solid color stringers
-make fancy dots with them; melt them in or not
-make focals with the big twisties for a technicolor tiger effect
Every now and then I practice making twisties and I always end up with a lot of tortured two-tone glass stringers. Because of my cheap nature (a genetic condition I inherited) I have found several ways to use them. Generally there are sections that are good enough to use to make proper twistie beads, but that leaves the uneven sections to use, so I just randomly melt them on to the bead and watch what happens. If the pattern is too even I might rake it or run the twistie through the area again. Sometimes I will also encase them just to get a bit of a different reaction.
I used a bit of a twistie on the top of this one
Irregular twistie on top of base bead this also looks good encased
twistie on top of base bead and messed up by raking with the warm twistie on the hot bead. This is kind of like trying to apply glass that is not hot enough on to the mandrel a bad habit from the newbie days, (I even save bad habits and recycle them) it distorts the glass and the patterns already on the bead.
I will leave it to others to show a proper twistie bead, I never get very many of them.
My Ebay (http://search.ebay.com/dungeonbeads_W0QQfromZR18QQfsopZ1QQsspagenameZADME Q3aBQ3aTB2Q3aUSQ3a2)
I love making and using twisties. It is one of the first things I learned and still one of my favorites. I'm not sure why. Ditto to what chrisdd said.
1st photo = at the bottom, transparent red and white twisty just over a green bead, 2 beads that have dots made of twisties (I love doing this) and in the middle a clear cased twisty.
2nd photo = One of the very first sets I put up on ebay and still one of my favorites. This picture also shows a twistie around the middle of the bead and dots made with the twisty.
3rd = Another twisty on a plain bead. Twisty made with a solid core with transpart and goldstone twisties. I'm so happy with this little bead, not sure why, but I love it.
4th = A twisted twisty (another fun thing to do).
5th = A twisty of opal yellow and intense black on a bed of silvered ivory. Heated a lot and let slump some. (my favorite bead I have made of all time)
:) can you tell I like twisties.
PS - one of the best exchanges I participated in was the twistie exchange over at WC a couple years ago. That orange, yellow and red twistie was one I got from that exchange. I'm thinking of hosting an exchange like that, but need to get orangized. Do you think people would like to do this?
Thanks for all the responses folks!!
Lara ~ It couldn't hurt to try. People seem to be jumping on the fun games bandwagon around here. :) I know I'd participate.
I'm definitely going to try some of these techniques!!
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