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Old 2014-06-27, 11:24am
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Default Free Tutorial: Lesson Learned from an Antique Key

Here is a link to a free tutorial on how to create a lampwork bead on a key:

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http://dragonflylampworks.blogspot.c...key-class.html

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Old 2014-06-27, 11:55am
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Thank you Heather. I recently bought some keys, didn't even notice if they were hollow or not. I'm not sure how you avoid trapping air in there, but maybe when I have a key and a mandrel in my hand the lightbulb will come one.
I appreciate your sharing this information!
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Old 2014-06-27, 12:01pm
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This is perfect! My daughter asked me to gather some old keys for a project of hers. Now I can personalize them before I give them to her...thanks!!
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Old 2014-06-27, 1:46pm
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Default securing the key without trapping air

Locking Hemostats also work for grabbing the hollow key shank, instead of bead release. I don't have a good pair for keys, so I use the bead release. I also prefer the key to be on the same axis as the mandrel.

You can drip or carefully pour the release into the opening of the key's barrel , then insert a dipped mandrel. The excess release will drip out the end of the mandrel. Gently heat the key in a low flame while the bead release dries. The air will bubble out on it's own

The technique also works great on stainless steel thread bobbins. A student and I tried it last class session. Too fun!
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Thank you!
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Old 2014-06-27, 3:37pm
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Absolutely! Have fun with it!
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