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Old 2012-01-27, 12:26pm
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Hi,
I just ordered the Carlo Donna bell flower press. I know that last year Cynthia Tilker was offering a free tutorial on using this press but she had a computer meltdown and lost it.

Does anyone have a copy they would be willing to share?? I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 2012-01-27, 1:21pm
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I sent a PM. Cynthia's flowers are wonderful!

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Old 2012-01-27, 8:35pm
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Hi Melody! I just want to say HURRAY!!! for you.

This is my dream tool and I get excited when someone else gets one, I hope you post pictures for us (me) to drool over!

congratulations....

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Old 2012-02-17, 1:28pm
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Hi, I too talked to Cynthia and was told she lost the tutorial in a computer malfunction. Could I get this tutorial from anyone?

Thanks. Much!

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Old 2012-02-17, 3:01pm
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She posted it here:

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...&postcount=524
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Old 2012-02-17, 5:40pm
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Ellen beat me to it.

Congratulations! I my BF press.
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Old 2012-02-17, 9:56pm
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Hi everyone. I just wanted to clarify a few things that I do differently now that might help. It is better to put the pieces right into the kiln. I found that I had less fails. The blanket is ok for the flowers for the most part, but for some reason the leaves don't fair up as well so I just pop them into the kiln.

Another thing that I do is put the pieces in pickle in a mini crock pot to eliminate the fire scale. I polish them up with a sunshine cloth for the final step. I use 20 gauge German silver wire from Rio Grand which seems to work the best.

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There is also a You Tube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oQkgB23KI0 Angelique
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Hi Cynthia, when you say silver wire, do you mean sterling? I have had my press for ages & am ashamed to say I have yet to try it....

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Hi Cynthia, when you say silver wire, do you mean sterling? I have had my press for ages & am ashamed to say I have yet to try it....

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Old 2013-02-18, 3:27pm
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No not sterling. It's German silver which is nickel...I think.

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Old 2013-02-18, 11:26pm
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Thank you Cynthia, I'll look it up..

Tammy, if I were the kind of person who sold off things just because I had not used them yet........I wouldn't be living in this house crammed with stuff. m Kerry
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This is the one. You can use the 20 gauge but I also use 24 at times.

http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Nic...t/131320?Pos=2
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Old 2013-02-19, 1:30pm
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Thanks again Cynthia.. Not sure I need 333 feet of wire just yet, I'll see what I can find locally......

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Kerry, you can get smaller quantities from Rio too I just get the big ones because I use it for other things too.
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Please could somebody tell me which size they think is the best of the flower press? Thanks.
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Old 2013-03-19, 8:42am
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I think they are all best, and it depends on which size of stuff you want to make. If you get the bigger ones, you can just not fill the cavity as full and make smaller ones, so it seems to me that those are more versatile. You also need to decide if you like 5, 6 or 8 petal arrangements most. That will also dictate which sizes you choose from.
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Old 2013-03-19, 11:03am
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I personally like the smaller ones for earrings because they are lighter but I like every size they make. Angelique

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Lori has a short video on how to use this press. I don't have the link to it, but here is a link to her blog on the press: http://loribeads.blogspot.com/2012/0...her-stuff.html

Here's another thread on Carlo Dona Tools http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...41#post4215841 page 47 shows some of lori's Lovely bellflowers

Also Hannah Rosner has a tutorial coming out in the upcoming issue of Soda Lime Times.

I'm justifying my purchase by the fact that the next 5 people I send flowers to will be receiving glass bellflower bouquets from me. Who wouldn't love to receive a bouquet of these?
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