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rckeyes 2008-07-31 10:47am

Wavey Bead Tutorial
I would like to add that I do not claim to have developed this technique. There are other ways to make a wavey bead. This is how I do it.

1. Start by making a disk about 1 inch in diameter. For this Tutorial I used SS5.

TIP: - Try to make your disk layers as skinny as possible. More layers will add to the depth of the bead and make your end result that much more interesting. I try to have atleast 5 layers or more in the disk.

2. Next, using a 6mm clear rod place a fairly large dot on the disk (does not matter which side you start on).

TIP: - Hold your mandrel perpendicular to the flame so that the disk is parrallel with the flame. Once you place your dot pull your rod toward the flame and flame cut just above the disk. (See Picture)

Place another dot the same size directly opposite of the first one.

Now place another dot inbetween the first two.

TIP: - DO NOT - touch the mandrel with the dots.
DO NOT - Let the dots touch each other.
Make your dots as large as possible without doing the above.

3. Perform the above procedure on the other side of the disk placing the dots inbetween the ones on the other side.

TIP: - These clear dots (When melted) will travel across the face of the bead creating the wave pattern. The larger the dot, the farther across the face it will travel.

TIP: - When placing dots on the face of the disk, wait for a second before pulling it towards the flame to flame cut. This will ultimatly leave more glass where you placed the dot.

4. Your next step is to melt everything down into a bead.

TIP: - When you first begin to melt down your wavey bead start by melting the tips of the dots where you flame cut them. After these are all melted down and even with the edge of the disk you can get more aggressive with the melt down.

Here is a pic before encasing it with clear

Here is a pic after encasing it with clear

Here is another example using a 3 color twistie.

1. Make your disk.

2. Apply your dots.

3. Melt it all down.

Before encasing.

After Encasing.

Final TIP: - Soft glass moves much different than Boro. Soft glass users will want to slow down the melt down. You may have to pull it out of the flame and let it cool for a few seconds, pull it out of the flame and let it cool for a few seconds, pull it out of the flame and let it cool for a few seconds, You get the idea. If you are using soft glass and you end up with a big blob and dont get that unmistakable wave pattern then your prorobably melting to fast!

I hope this helps some of the people out there that have struggled with this technique. Please post your questions and your pics.

Happy melting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miss Kate 2008-07-31 10:52am

Yay! Rob you're the bestest! I can't wait to get home tonight & try this! :grin:

Lizabeads 2008-07-31 11:30am

Thank you so much Rob! I can't wait to try it.;)

born2snooze 2008-07-31 11:36am

Cool tutorial, thank you so much! I will try it soon. :love:


teachertracey 2008-07-31 12:01pm

Even I might be able to do this....Thanks for nice clear tut.

volkanokaren 2008-07-31 12:09pm

A million Thanks! Super instructions and pics to boot.

Volkano Exotik

Belladonna 2008-07-31 12:26pm

So that is how it's done! Thanks so much for sharing and making it easy to understand, Rob. :D

GiGiC 2008-07-31 2:06pm

Thank you!
YEAH ROB!!! \\:D/ Thank you so much. Your pictures sure do help. You are the best. I can't wait to try again. (now i just need to get my oxygen refilled...)

Sylvie Anne 2008-07-31 2:18pm

That is a great tutorial - I can't wait to try this. I love the different striped effect - that is so, so, so neat!

LeahBeads 2008-07-31 4:50pm

My wavy boro beads never looked that great....I'm going to try your technique. Thanks so much for sharing it!


Karen Hardy 2008-07-31 5:03pm

I've been making wavy beads - but I like your method better!
I'm going to try that as soon as I can steal some torch time!

Yer a Doll, Rob. :love:.

agw 2008-07-31 7:10pm

I found your method earlier this month in a thread and now I know what I was doing wrong - I was trying to melt it too fast!

Next time I will sloooooowwwwww down! :smile:

Thanks for the step by step photos too! They really help!

teachertracey 2008-07-31 7:21pm

Just tried this tonight...don't know if I used big enough clear dots. I'll check the kiln first thing tomorrow!

samandsha 2008-08-01 5:16am

Awesome...thanks, Rob. What a great tute! Samma

dpglassworks 2008-08-01 6:01am

This is a great tut!!
Thanks so much!

aimee 2008-08-01 7:17am

Very cool. That's not at all how I thought those type of beads were made. Thanks for posting the tutorial. And nice pictures.

Llama Girl 2008-08-01 5:03pm

Fantastic!! It makes me want to get up off my butt and do some!!

menty666 2008-08-01 8:34pm

that's an awesome tutorial, thanks for sharing!!!

gubnavnania 2008-08-01 10:29pm

Awesome! I will give a try :D

Thanks for the tut.

lripster 2008-08-01 10:40pm

Totally awesome tut!! Thanks for that! Can't wait to try it!

Antonie 2008-08-02 2:34am

Thank you , great tutorial,

Lara 2008-08-02 8:15am

Great pictures! Like the use of the twisty!

Chau Nguyen T 2008-08-02 8:44am

Perfect. It's so beautiful and the instructions are so simple.
It's do generous of you to share.
Thank you Rob.

GinnyHampton 2008-08-02 10:30am

Oh my gosh, THANK YOU for posting this information! I love the look of those beads and didn't know how to make them . .. . I guess I also assumed you couldn't do that in soft glass. I will definitely try this :)

Kevan 2008-08-02 11:23am

This is great, now I see how all y'all boro people do that.

That might be cool with the silver 104s.

ItsMeRoRo 2008-08-02 12:03pm

Thanks for sharing! Great photos :)

Reenie 2008-08-02 12:50pm

Wow I love this tut!!!!! Now the problem do I get my disc bead to look that good from the beginning lol....Gonna go try this soon. I am too sleep deprived to try this now!

rckeyes 2008-08-02 2:37pm

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Hey Folks,
Just thought I would stop by and post some inspiration. \\:D/

I know someone else out there has to have pics by now!!!

samandsha 2008-08-02 3:39pm

Goodness those bead are gorgeous! Rob, thanks again!

I tried a couple..
One wanted to be round:

the other a triangle?????

GinnyHampton 2008-08-02 4:35pm


Originally Posted by Kevan (Post 1991704)
That might be cool with the silver 104s.

That's what I was thinking . . . . with Terranova II! I bet that would be YUMMMY!!!

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