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Old 2008-04-28, 6:16pm
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I tried these in boro and they are fun, but take a LONG time.

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Old 2008-05-05, 8:09pm
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Here's a teeny, weeny pleated marble, about 3mm:



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Old 2008-05-05, 8:26pm
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Oh Tink, those are so darn cute.
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Old 2008-05-05, 8:27pm
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LOL! Thanks! I just HAD to try it, ya know?
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Old 2008-05-06, 7:54am
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Oh Tink, those are so little and so cute. Gelly the frog is wonderful.

Here are a couple that I tried a couple of days ago. They were fun to make and I love the "pleated" look for floral backgrounds.





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Old 2008-05-06, 8:46am
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Peggy they look great.

Tink, I can't even begin to imagiine how to make such small works. Your little ducks amaze me.
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Old 2008-05-06, 7:43pm
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Ok, so here are my latest twisty beads. Since ya'll know I'm a bit confused between the pleated and twisty and the difference of the two, would you consider these pleated?
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Old 2008-05-06, 8:03pm
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I would call them pleated. they look like pleated
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Old 2008-05-07, 7:10am
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Lara, I think the difference as in the Japanese Bead book is the pleated beads are marvered into bicones. It's very time consuming and a little different. That's my take anyway.
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Old 2008-05-07, 7:24am
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It's the twistie that is used and how it's made that make the bead look as though it is "pleated". If you make the twisties the way the book shows, you will get that look. If you use other forms of twisties, the "pleats" will look more one dimentional.

Peggy Rose and Lara, those beads look wonderful.
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Old 2008-05-07, 7:25pm
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Thank you.
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Old 2008-05-09, 8:31am
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Tink! You blow me away. That teeny is adorable!

Lara, beautiful colors, so soft. Yes, I would call them pleated. The one in the top, center clearly shows the V of the ribbon, which to me says pleated.
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Old 2008-05-09, 9:52am
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Thanks! I'm hopelessly addicted to the miniscule

Seeing this thread pop up again put me in a panic because I remembered putting the itsy pleated marble in a globe, but I couldn't find it. It wasn't listed on Etsy. I knew I hadn't even taken pics of the finished globe yet. I finally found it in a totally bizarre place.

At least I found it. It's in a Micro Planet Depository globe, safe and sound. Whew! I'm going to try to take some better pics of it later today.

ETA: Nah. Those pics will have to do. I just can't deal with pics today. LOL!
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Old 2008-05-09, 2:08pm
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For all of you who are doing "pleated" beads, you've actually conquered the implosion technique. You're just imploding both ends of the bead -- where the imploded pendants we see lots of the boro folks doing are just imploding one side off-mandrel! So, isn't that interesting???!!!!LOL

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Old 2008-05-09, 2:21pm
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Thanks Lea!!

Can you expound on that a bit please? As someone who still doesn't "get" implosions, I would love you to explain the parallels and differences.

I can make pleated neads, but can't even begin to understand how to make an implosion!
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For all of you who are doing "pleated" beads, you've actually conquered the implosion technique. You're just imploding both ends of the bead -- where the imploded pendants we see lots of the boro folks doing are just imploding one side off-mandrel! So, isn't that interesting???!!!!LOL

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Old 2008-05-09, 3:54pm
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..let's see if I can explain (I'm much better at demonstrating than explaining!LOL)

I've been doing implosions for awhile so the minute I tried the pleat technique, I knew they were essentially doing the same thing. You know where you are focusing the heat of the flame at the edge of the encasement and the twisty? And then as you're holding the mandrel almost vertically and the encasement begins to flow down and cover the twisty and the end of the base bead creating the effect of the fat lady's ankle as someone so graciously analogized it? The flowing stops when your encasement meets the mandrel in this case. And then you do the same thing on the other side of the bead, creating her second ankle. ROTFL.

Well, the implosion is created the same way. The heat of the flame is focused on the edge of the encasing "disk" where it is going to flow down and cover the surface decoration (whether it's dots or frit or petals or whatever). At this point, you are basically holding the glass rod vertically just as you held the mandrel vertically above. The implosion design happens when that surface decoration gets sucked down with the encasing layer. The difference is that the encasement continues and "traps" the surface decoration fully encasing it -- where when you did it above, the mandrel prevented this from happening.

So the pleated bead is basically the on-mandrel version of an implosion. In the case of the "pleats" you've used the encasement to pull the twisty down -- in the case of the implosion you've used the encasement to pull the surface decoration down.

OK, does that make any sense???? Just try it on blind faith (trust me), and you'll get it!

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Old 2008-05-09, 4:21pm
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I am going to try what you suggest, but I guess my bottom line problem is that I never hold my mandrel vertically when creating a pleated bead!
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Old 2008-05-09, 11:04pm
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Gelly;

Do you think you could do a tut on these beads? They're Wonderful!!!

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Great beads everyone!! I don't know the correct terms for anything, but I call these pleated also. I'm still amazed at all of the different looks/effects that we can create with the same basic thing (twistie).


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