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Old 2010-07-21, 7:28pm
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Talking FREE TUTORIAL - Fire Opals

HotHead Friendly!

This one will come without photos because I want you to play with your glass!

You need:

1 rod of Black
1 sheet of silver foil (I cut mine into strips about 10mm wide, 1 strip per bead)
1 rod of DoubleHelix Ekho
1 rod of Clear (your choice) - I use Lauscha Soft Clear

1) Make a base bead of Black.

2) Wrap the bead in silver foil. Burn off the foil at the edges of the base bead but leave it intact as much as possible on the rest of the bead.

3) Use Double Helix Ekho and wrap it around the base bead in a random pattern twice. Leave some silver showing! The trick with the Ekho is to let the tip of the glass go completely clear before you make your swipe. This creates the intense fire color you need over your silver. So let the tip go clear, then swipe the right side. Let the tip go clear, then swipe the left side.

4) Keep the edges of the bead warm (at the mandrel) while melting your choice of Clear glass then encase the entire bead with your favorite method.

5) From here shape as desired.

Voila! You now have a Fire Opal!

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Last edited by *Naos*; 2010-10-04 at 10:05am.
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