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Old 2019-01-19, 8:45am
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Default Blown Beads at the end of a hollow tube

I am looking for a tutorial on how to blow beads at the end of a hollow tube. I have watched David P's when he was at Corning but it doesn't give you a close up of taking the bead off or how he makes the neck. I heard there is another way where you just heat up the end of the pipe and pull the bead off but not sure how that is done. Can anyone help with this?
I have been trying to figure this out for weeks and ready to pull my hair out!
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Old 2019-01-19, 11:12am
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Shawn has a paid tutorial that shows it in his Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/5864192...nd-boro-tubing

He also uses the uses the technique in his bellflower bead tutorial, free on his YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjCARVJF7o0&t=178s
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Old 2019-01-20, 1:24pm
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Boro is a whole different thing than blowing 104 on a blowpipe.
I have found a tutorial, but have taken a class with Aja Vaz, who learned from Davide They use a Carlo Dona blowpipe a diamond shears. It's HARD to do!
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Old 2019-01-21, 5:01pm
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Irina Sergeeva posted video on youtube with her way of hollow bead making. She is an incredible artist and teacher.
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Old 2019-02-14, 8:25am
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I found this video quite useful. Instead of using the diamond shears, heat the mandrel to red hot while pulling on the bead with your hot fingers (just the mandrel, not the bead) . Be sure you have built the bead right on the end of your mandrel. The hole will not really be much worse than the hole in this video was.
You can start with a single color. I am hoping to make a wee video of myself doing this and writing up a bit on my blog in the next couple of days since there is not much out there. I am still just learning, but have the basics kind of down.
Well, I actually need to wait a little bit on this. I need to get the holes down a little better!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgaN1q4enk0
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Old 2019-03-19, 5:03pm
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I did it- a blog and video post on how I do this! https://isinglassdesign.blogspot.com...ideo-link.html
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Old 2019-03-20, 1:18am
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Thankyou, wonderful video. I have found myself making some of those error when trying to do this.
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Old 2019-03-24, 9:51am
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Thanks for the info on how to make hollow beads.
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Old 2019-03-25, 2:23pm
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Thanks so much, very clear and precise.
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Old 2019-05-07, 12:45pm
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Laurie,
Thanks for the video. I will certainly try this to see if I can do it.
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Old 2019-12-05, 3:31am
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Laurie,
Thanks for sharing, muck ups and all! Very helpful.
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What tool do you use to cut blown beads?
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Why would you cut them? Edited to say - if you mean cut them from the blow pipe as in the You Tube video, the shears she uses are available at a few suppliers. The really pricey once would be from Carlo Dona. I think they are called diamond shears.
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Old 2020-03-05, 11:22am
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Davide uses the diamond shears as jacks to define and thin the neck then cool it enough that it just knocks off the pipe. He doesn't actually cut it. It takes a ton of practice but once you get the hang of it, it's magical.
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Old 2020-03-13, 5:41am
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I love blowing baubles and only work with soft glass, thank you for the links.
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