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Old 2009-01-07, 8:38pm
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Default Sarah's Quickie Ribbon Bead Tut

Just wanted to repost this here in the Tutorials section, so it doesn't get lost.

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HOW TO MAKE A RIBBON BEAD



Prep: Make encased stringers in different colors, by encasing opaque bases in darker transparent colors and pulling. For instance, cobalt or dk. amethyst over periwinkle, dk. amber over coral or trans. teal over turquoise. Make some encased goldstone stringers too, if you like.
You can also use regular stringers, but the darker encasing layer is what makes them look "ribbon-like".
Don't pull the stringers too thin. Something like 1.5-2mm is good.

1. Start out with a very thin tube-shaped core, in an opaque color. Paler colors usually work best, because it's easier to see the "ribbons" on top of them. (Don't use white, though - it doesn't like to be heavily encased.)
By "very thin core", I mean, I usually make mine with commercial stringer.

2. Encase the core in clear, or in a pale transparent. If your stringers are in colors which could be reactive, i.e. turquoise or coral, be sure to use a color they won't react with. For instance, if you're going to be using aqua-encased turquoise stringers, be sure your base color isn't, let's say, orange, because you'll end up with mud.
(As for the "how do I get such nice clear on a Hothead" question, the answer is, I only use Lauscha clear.)

3. Marver back into an even tube shape if necessary.

4. Using your encased stringers, paint vertical stripes all around the base, from top to bottom. Melt them in.

5. Encase everything in clear. I find that encasing by heating the tip of a rod of clear and painting vertical stripes from top to bottom is usually easier in this case (as opposed to coil-encasing, but you can do that too if you prefer). Marver into an even tube again.

6. Turn the heat up and hold one end of the bead in the flame, twirling slowly to let it soak in the heat. You will see the stripes inside beginning to twirl around. Continue doing this until you are happy with the results.

7. Let the warm end of the bead cool completely.

8. Do the same for the other end of the bead. If you twirl in the same direction as you did for the first end, you'll get a "wave". If you twirl in the opposite direction, you'll get a "twist". You'll see what I mean if you try it.

9. Let cool and fix the shape if necessary. You can leave it like this if you like, or...

10. Mash into a tab - the effect is pretty cool. You can leave it like this if you like, or...

11. For extra "clear space", heat the end of a rod of clear and paint a couple of stripes down both edges of the bead. Heat well to melt the stripes until they look like part of the original bead, then mash again.

12. Don't forget to flame-polish - it really makes a difference in this case.

13. Decorate with murrini, raised dots and other cool stuff.

Enjoy!

(There are some examples in this thread: http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=110655)
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Old 2009-01-07, 8:56pm
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Old 2009-01-07, 9:13pm
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Great tutorial, Sarah! Thank you!
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Old 2009-01-07, 9:22pm
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Thank you for posting -- nice tutorial and very pretty beads!
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Old 2009-01-08, 4:14am
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Old 2009-01-08, 4:33am
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Sara - Thank you from all of us for a FREE TUTORIAL!! I have printed it and added it to my small collection of Tut's in my notebook for a day not too far in the future when I can give this one a try! Thanks again! (ps.....love your beads and color choices!)
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Old 2009-01-08, 6:00am
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Nicely, done and very generous of you to share. I've been wondering how you achieved this.
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Old 2009-01-08, 6:13am
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Great tutorial- thank you so much for sharing!!!
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Old 2009-01-08, 8:02am
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Thanks Sarah,
Just bought your color tut and this will help me make some of your beautiful beads - I hope
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Old 2009-01-08, 8:51am
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Thank you, Sarah. This is going to be so much fun to make.

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Old 2009-01-08, 8:59am
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Thanks Sarah! I purchased your color schemes tut and love it.
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Old 2009-01-08, 10:08am
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Hummm got a picture?? Sounds cool.
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Old 2009-01-08, 10:29am
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Thanks everyone, hope you all enjoy it!

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Hummm got a picture?? Sounds cool.
Is the picture in my first post not showing up? Let me know, if it isn't I'll try to post again.
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Old 2009-01-08, 11:48am
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Hi Sarah - I want to add my gratitude. I will be giving this a try. It looks very cool. Liz
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Thank you so mucho Sarah!!!
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Thank you so much for doing this! I'm going to give it a try tonight.
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Thank you so much for sharing. I cann't wait to try it.
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Old 2009-01-08, 6:31pm
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Thanks Sarah, your tuts rock and I tried this one out tonight and then mixed it up with some styles from Think Pink too.
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Thank U Sarah for reposting this again. It's so awesome and generous of you!

Now people will have to post beads they made with your tutorial!

all the best,
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Old 2009-01-08, 6:56pm
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Now people will have to post beads they made with your tutorial!
YES!!! Pictures, PLEASE!
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Wow, Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing this! You're incredibly generous to do so. I love your work so much. What a treat!
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Such beautiful beads! I would have never guessed how to do them, thank you so much for sharing.
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Old 2009-01-08, 11:52pm
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Beautiful beads Sarah. Thanks for the tutorial. I cannot wait to try it.

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Old 2009-01-09, 12:35am
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You are wonderful Sarah. Thanks so much for sharing that!
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Old 2009-01-09, 9:23am
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Here are my first tries at this tut. Thanks so much Sarah! I am still quite the noob, but loved this tut, so easy!







I am happy with them, the green one cracked though, but gives me an excuse to try it again. Thanks again!
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Old 2009-01-09, 10:45am
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Woohoo, pics!

Those are awesome, Manda! I love the silvered one. Make more!
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Old 2009-01-10, 7:55pm
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These are SO much fun to make!!!! I have a bajillion cased stringers and this is a great way to use them up. Thank you Sarah!

p.s. stop staring at my bubble. Desiree says it adds "flavor".
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I absolutely love your ribbon beads! Thanks for sharing Sarah.

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Old 2009-01-10, 8:52pm
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Thank you, thank you, thank you Sarah. I'm not very good when it comes to figuring out what colors go with what, but I'm gonna give this a try. Maybe I'll be able to come up with something for the Tut Bead Swap. Wonderful tutorial Sarah.
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