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Old 2012-04-21, 2:58pm
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Hi all

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I work with soft glass only and a client wants me to make very thin squiggle beads and they are just going to break I know with any amount of pressure on them. She wants them to be about 1/8 to 3/16 at the thinnest area and not too much bigger elsewhere. Don't think they will hold up to any wear but I want to try.

So my question is is will boro be any better as far as wear on a necklace? I have a pretty good torch, although I know it will take a lot longer to melt boro. Also, if you think boro is a good choice for this kind of delicate bead, where would you suggest I buy it from? I need it quickly.

Thanks so much!

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Old 2012-04-21, 5:20pm
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Kitty, I don't work boro, but I would think it would be less likely to break. I don't nkow for sure, but that is where the gut goes.
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Old 2012-04-21, 5:28pm
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They would be stronger in boro Just a note though if you are making the bead then adding the squiggle make sure you have a good weld. I can't give any suggestions on where to buy as I am from Canada.
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Old 2012-04-21, 6:15pm
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If you need it quickly, order from Mountain Glass Arts in Asheville. If you order in the morning, you'll probably have it the next day or the day after.

I think it would work but they'll still be delicate.
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Old 2012-04-21, 7:33pm
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Kitty,

Do you just need clear boro? If so, I can send you some on Monday. I have LOTS!!!

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Old 2012-04-22, 3:23am
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You guys are just awesome. Thanks so much. Angie I may take you up on that! As soon as I hear from her I will contact you. I really appreciate your kind gesture. I will definitely paypal you shipping moola.
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Old 2012-04-22, 6:26am
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If you need a color, I have just about every color made. Thought I would be the "boro queen" but I'm just not as in to it as I used to be. Just let me know what color(s) and I'll include those as well. I'll cut the rods so shipping will be less. Don't ya just love custom orders???
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Old 2012-04-22, 4:03pm
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The squiggle bead in boro is very strong. I've made several, all by accident. Start making a bead on a mandrel. After a few wraps get the bead release to release, pull out a tail as long as you like, burn the tail off and stick the bead in the kiln. Sometimes if I wrap too fast, using a 7mm or so rod, I put too much strain on the bead release, it breaks free of the mandrel and I can't finish the bead, so burn off that 7mm rod in a squiggly way. They make cool necklaces.
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Old 2012-04-22, 5:06pm
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Hi Gerald,

Thanks so much. That is pretty much what I did for these. But she wants them to be 1/8 to 3/16 wide. Do you still think they will be strong that small?
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Old 2012-04-22, 7:19pm
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I learned in soft, all off mandrel. I also had several things turn squiggly. Manyof them are still alive three years later. Make them in soft, then anneal.
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Old 2012-04-23, 6:23am
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Glass is a very strong substance. And a jerk acting like Superman can
Break anything, but assuming no jerks around, 1/8 to 3/16" should be
Plenty strong enough.
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