Yep, that's right. FIVE new CGBeadrollers, just in time for your Christmas list.
BR-7501 Stepped Stubby Bicone
BR-7601 Stepped Bicone
BR-7701 Graduated Drops Pandora Style
BR-7801 Long Cones
BR-7901 Chichi Bicone
Stepped Stubby Bicone & Stepped Bicone
I conciser these two as a bit more advanced. Take into consideration that I'm not making beads on a regular basis anymore, so my learning curve took a couple of tries, but the results are worth the effort. I did discover a couple of tip that I'll pass along. Make the entire foot and get yourself nice clean ends done up front. Then build up the consecutive 'steps', rolling the bead in the roller to help form the layers. To get the final shape, there were two ways that worked for me.
One is to hand form the bead into a straight sided bicone, then gently roll the bead on the rim of the cavity until the steps start to form, gently and gradually pressing it into the cavity (rolling).
Second, and the one that worked best for me, is to press the bead into the cavity, turn 180 degrees and press again. This will obviously squash some glass out onto the rims (like when you have too much glass when using a press). Heat slightly, now turn the bead 90 degrees and press the squashed side of the bead into the cavity, turn 180 degrees and press the other squashed side. This will center the bead, and now you can start to heat and roll, heat and roll, until you have the steps formed.
Graduated Drops Pandora Style
Drops? Those look like barrels? I've had some of my European customers request these barrels, they refer to them as drops. What a clever description, I like it! Thanks guys!
These are pretty much no brainers to make. Wonderful for earrings, hang a bunch of them from a necklace, string them with the big ends together to make a two piece bicone with a nice crystal in the center......
(pronounced she-she) This one is obvious, build up the bicone, then add the decorations around the middle. Won't it be nice to have a donut center that isn't lopsided?
What? You say you don't know which one to get first?
Get the one(s) you can't live without, then direct your family to the Gift Certificate
(some test beads are in the kiln, I'll post pictures in a few days)
P.S. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the year!!