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Old 2023-08-16, 5:27am
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Hi there,

I have designed 5 brass texture plates and have been playing with the prototypes for the past couple of weeks. The idea behind them is that they can be used with any size mandrel to put texture on the faces of all of your favourite pressed bead shapes without squashing them completely flat. They can also to be used to make textured tabs from round and freeform bead shapes.

They are working out really well and so I am making them available to pre-order for the first time.

This concentric heart one is my absolute favourite



This one is the most complex of the 5 texture plate designs, combining stepped levels and additional grooves to create elegant raised heart shaped rings on the surface of glass beads.

The texture plate has 9 concentric rings, the smallest of which is just 5mm across. Maximum depth is 4.5mm at the centre stepping up by 0.5mm for each new level. The plate measures 50mm x 50 x 8.5mm in size.

These are professionally manufactured for me by a company with many years of experience in precision engineering which shines through in the level of fine detail in this tool.

Some examples of the beads I have created with it so far







https://jolenebeads.com
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Old 2023-08-17, 4:04am
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I am blogging about 1 of my texture plates each day this week and that means I can come back and share the photos here more easily. This is the 2nd one, stepped flowers.



and some glass eye candy

A 30mm glossy heart



14mm heart bhb's



and a 30mm heart that has been tumble etched for a couple of hours leaving glossy highlights



https://jolenebeads.com

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Old 2023-08-18, 2:53am
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Today I am going to share the stepped circle texture plate tool and some beads showing the kind of marks it makes. The smallest circle is just 5mm across which means you can even make imprints on very tiny beads.



impressions on 14mm pressed beads


impressions on 30mm pressed beads


tab bead created by pressing a round bead directly onto the plate


and finally a bead showing how you can get glossy outlines left after tumble etching


These lovely tools are currently available for pre-order over at www.jolenebeads.com

Thanks for looking, Jo
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Thanks Kristin

Today I want to show the stepped heart texture plate and some of the beads I have made with it so far....



The first picture is 30mm encased heart. The depth of this bead was just 10mm before adding texture and the mandrel 2mm. As the stepped heart texture plate is 4.5mm deep in the centre I added a little dab of clear glass to the surface of the bead on both sides before adding texture to make sure the smallest 5mm heart came out looking perfect.



Below are other examples of the kind of results that can be achieved, including a tumble etched chunky lentil, bright 15mm shank buttons, chunky 14mm heart big hole beads and a love letter pillow bead where just pressing a tiny dot of red glass gives the look of a wax seal.









As you can see, it is possible to get a lot of detail even on a very small surface are - the same goes with every texture plate option as the centre shapes are just 5mm and 7mm wide.

This texture press is available to pre-order on my website for October dispatch - www.jolenebeads.com

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The last of the new designs that I have to share is the twisted square brass texture plate.

It has 9 layers, stepped at 0.5mm intervals, each offset to give a twisted design that can either give a kind of Rennie Macintosh arts and crafts feel or look industrial depending on which glass you use it with.



Here are some examples of beads made with this texture plate...

30mm tumble etched focal heart


Glossy chunky lentil


14mm big hole heart beads made with Effetre Neptune


Button beads made with Effere Metallic Black


and some silver glass hearts - Hyperion over teal


Thank you so much for looking. You can find these tools in my webshop www.jolenebeads.com

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Hi everyone, my first texture plates have arrived and after sending out the pre-orders there are a small number of each of the 5 designs available in my webshop - wwwjolenebeads.com



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