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Old 2010-09-27, 8:40pm
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Posted this cauldron bead in the gallery and was asked how I made it. Been a while since anybody asked me that and it tickled me. Time is of the essence if you want to make these beads for this season I couldn't take weeks formulating a fancy shmancy tutorial with real pictures so I sketched this out in about 10 minutes. Hope you like it. More detailed text is after the images.








First I made a fat barrel of ink blue.

Then I snipped 3/4" pieces of flashy dichro, prewarmed them then applied them to the barrel. I heated them in smooth, then twisted them in several places to break up the straight edges.

Mashed into a thick tab.

I put 3 dots of red opaque spaced kinda far apart horizontally across the lower third of the bead front. Melt smooth.

I layered a dot of opaque orange on top of each red dot. Melt smooth.

Layered a dot of opaque yellow on top of each orange dot. Melt smooth.

Used an ink blue stringer to rake the stacks of dots upward and outward. Used the same ink blue stringer to twist areas just to the sides of each raked dot to make them swirl out to look like flames. I twisted each raked stack of fire dots one or two times.

Melted it all smooth.

Then I added one big fat blob of dark silver plum where I wanted the cauldron belly to be. Melted this in just enough to make the edges flush with the surface. The rounded belly of the pot is still dimensional. Added a swipe of dark silver plum across the top of the cauldron for the rim and fine tuned it with my razor blade to make is straight and even.

I repeated the flame treatment (layered dots, raked, twisted) several times to the side and front of the cauldron to look like flames licking up the sides of the pot.

You know how if you put clear encasement too hot over black it makes that foggy crap we all despise? I thought I'd use that for 'steam'. I laid down three wiggly stripes of black stringer coming up out of the cauldron top. Melted them in almost completely smooth then let them cool a bit.

Superheated some clear and quickly layered it over the black stringer to cause the fog. Truth be told, if I were trying to NOT have fog I probably would have gotten more 'steam'. I didn't get nearly as much as I wanted. It was a good thing I had the dichro behind it added what was lacking.

By now, the cauldron was really nice and shiny from reduction, but if yours isn't, go ahead and reduce the bead to bring up the metal.

That's it!

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Old 2010-09-28, 2:50am
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Awesome! Not only do I love the cauldron, but you taught flames! Oh, and I've still got the original 3 rods of DSP that came with my sampler from Moretti and More 3 years ago... I might even bust that out and try it. Tonight after dinner, I'm grabbing some time at the torch.

Mary, thanks for all you do!
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Love the bead! Thanks so much for being so generous, looks like fun to make. I think my daughters would love one of these.

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Old 2010-09-28, 4:39am
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Jim- Mr. Booger Himself - taught me how to do flames! I believe he has a good tutorial for them over on Wet Canvas (or maybe here? memory fails) but I remember him posting about it before. A loooong time ago. LOL He is the king of flames. I will look around and see if I can find his post because he explains that part better than I did. I was just doing a hit and run for the cauldron.

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Haven't found it yet...but found some other cool flame threads! Here's one where Allison Turner shows a mini demo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ghlight=flames
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That is a cool bead!
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OOOOOoooooo Mary!!!! I can't wait to try this!! Thank you so much!!!!

What type of dichro is that? And, if you don't mind, where do you get it? I have the hot stix, but I don't think that is the kind this one is......

Cheers! Joan
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Love it! Thanks for sharing!
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Awesome Mary, I love your cauldron! The flame tuturiol is on wet canvas but he teaches it in a flat stringer pull I think, you used layers of dots, so much quicker I would think and they do so look awesome. Thanks for posting this..
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Old 2010-09-28, 7:42am
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OOOOOoooooo Mary!!!! I can't wait to try this!! Thank you so much!!!!

What type of dichro is that? And, if you don't mind, where do you get it? I have the hot stix, but I don't think that is the kind this one is......

Cheers! Joan
Hi Joan!

This is CBS dichro on thin effetre clear strips, preslumped so the edges are nice. I get it from Ron Bearer, but this particular piece was sent to me as a gift from Debbie Smedstad. She had it custom coated and kindly shared some with me when I was in a slump.

I use my nippers and cut off little triangles from the strips. Mainly because I'm stingy and I don't want my dichro used up so fast.

Hope that helps!
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Awesome Mary, I love your cauldron! The flame tuturiol is on wet canvas but he teaches it in a flat stringer pull I think, you used layers of dots, so much quicker I would think and they do so look awesome. Thanks for posting this..
I'm not sure if it is quicker or not, the reason I do it is because I never plan to make flames, they just happen sometimes and I don't have a twistie with fire colors ready. These are like 'spur of the moment' type flames. LOL

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Super tut, Mary! Thanks for sharing!!!
It really inspires me to pull out the dsp and I can't wait to try flames like that!
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Old 2010-09-28, 9:11am
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Mary, thanks for posting this. You are an excellent tutorial. You do a great job of explaining, too! Thank you!
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Thank you Mary - this is wonderful!
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Old 2010-09-28, 3:16pm
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Bless you! I love this bead but you know that. Thanks so very much for sharing. Angelique
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Wow, that's a very cool design!
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If you scroll down almost to the bottom you will find Jim's (aka boogerbeads) intructions on his flame stringers. I've pulled stringer using this tut and it is great if you do alot of prep work. I just like the idea of the spur of the moment flames that yours shows Mary.
http://www.beadingtimes.com/beadmaker1105.htm
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Too Cool!! Thank you Mary! Gonna go try this tonight when I get off work!
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Donna, thanks for that link. That interview with the Boogers was awesome and now I've saved the directions for his flames.
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Your welcome, I saved his tutorial and printed it out years ago, I'm just glad that the link I had still worked. I'm going to pratice using Mary's tutorial hopeful tomorrow we will see, since we are having alot of power outages from this tropical strom it may not happen.
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I made a couple of Mr. Booger's fire and ice beads last night. There was a transformer up the street that kept exploding while I was working (apparently not the one for our power here) so after 3 beads I shut everything down and set the kiln to ramp down. Next I'm going to try Mary's tutorial.
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Oh, Mary...this is just SO CUTE! I love it!!!! I just wish I hadn't sold all my DSP which didn't especially like me

I do have some Black Metallic from Devardi (haven't tried it yet; too skeered as it's a whopper rod! Yikes!!!) but maybe this would work? I'll have to try and pull a smaller diameter rod first though.

I sure love this bead! I'm gonna try and find some time to give it a go! Thanks for the inspiration and guidance!

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Mary, you are all kinds of AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!!!
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Way too cool, thanks for the tutorial!
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You are awesome Mary!

What a cool bead, cannot wait to play this weekend!

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Mary that was so amazingly cool of you to go to the trouble to post (and what a great bead!)

Bravo, Mi Amiga (love mixing metaphors and stuff

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