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Old 2014-03-27, 10:02am
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I think this thread is my new favorite thread! Wow! All these links to such incredible information all in one place
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Old 2014-03-27, 8:32pm
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I really liked the Dragon scale beads by Naos, I learned how to make a SIS and work on dots, I remember being confused about what SIS even was!

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=24881

Hmm my tip, When I was a newbie there always seemed to be a new tool or tutorial that I felt I needed to have. I think before buying any shaping tools it is a good idea to learn to make a nicely shaped donut bead that is centered on the mandrel with dimpled ends.

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Old 2014-03-27, 9:38pm
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I really liked the Dragon scale beads by Naos, I learned how to make a SIS and work on dots, I remember being confused about what SIS even was!

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=24881

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That was my most favoritest tutorial ever and once I realized how to make Amber's special stringer I went crazy with it. Very nice tutorial and anybody can get fantastic results no matter what kind of torch they use.

I still have my first Raku bead success from the thread mentioned and I still have my Sarah Kay bead too.
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Old 2014-03-31, 6:44am
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I think this thread is my new favorite thread! Wow! All these links to such incredible information all in one place
I have to agree with this completely! This thread had brought forward the best of the best of LE!
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Old 2014-03-31, 7:18am
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Kalera's: Ask me anything thread is one of my faves. So much generous info.

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Old 2014-04-04, 9:26am
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There are so many! The one I keep referring to though is the Booth Show and Tell thread, so many ideas and it's been active from 2007 until October of last year!

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=53510

I also had some ah-ha moments with the feather murrini thread:

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=135813
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Old 2014-04-04, 12:15pm
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I can't pick just one. There are entirely too many to choose from.

One of my favorites is "The secrets of Raku Revealed" More for the eye candy. http://lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20601

My cheap easy "tip" is for arm rests. I bought 2 empty quart paint cans, covered them in fuzzy socks and they became my arm rests.
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Old 2014-04-04, 12:38pm
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So many great and wonderful threads. But this one gave me many a-ha moments and taught me to strike silver rich glass as well as investing in another COE, .

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ghlight=Gaffer

Tip: Use the small, narrow 2 oz travel bottles from the pharmacy to pour your bead release into ... you can get a nice deep dip right down to near the end of your "big" bottle.
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Old 2014-04-04, 1:17pm
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Kendra's "Diary of a Mad Stay at Home Mom"

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...t=kendra+piano

My very favorite EVER!

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Old 2014-04-04, 1:24pm
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I was going for SaraKay's thread when I saw Misty posted it.....it's one of those beads that is timeless in terms of shape and colors....and as Misty said, bittersweet.

Tip? Marver gently. I can't tell how many beads I had to reshape, due to vigorous marvering....I finally learned to be butterfly kiss gentle...and marver more often if necessary.
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Old 2014-04-04, 2:54pm
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This was a really good thread about glass compatibility with regards to coe and viscosity. Even now that we've been using the furnace glass frits for several years with other coe's, I don't think everyone fully understands why they work. This explains some of it.

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=64967

I think I remember a previous thread getting rather heated, and it was deleted, but this one, while not everyone agreed, stayed fairly civil.

And one of the best tips I could give someone just coming into this is to relax and slow down. Pick something and learn it well (or at least give it a fair shot), then move on to the next thing. I see so many people in such a hurry to learn everything all at once, and then they get frustrated that they can't seem to do things the way they want to. It takes time and practice, (and a lot of it)! Don't be discouraged by the things you can't do on the first (or tenth) try. Learning to do something well is going to take time.
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Old 2014-04-04, 5:52pm
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One of my favorites is no longer there. It was a free tutorial on how to make star beads. The other one is for wavey beads. http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ight=wavy+bead It works well for both hard and soft glass so I love it. Angelique
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Old 2014-04-04, 6:51pm
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I'm with Eileen, the newbie mistakes thread was the most helpful to me. When I was first learning, I felt stupid as heck and wondered why I did all these stupid things when clearly other people were not nearly so stupid (and yes, I'm aware I used "stupid" three times... now four!). I felt like I was at least not necessarily on the wrong track, anyway. So many talented artists were guilty of the same silly mistakes, and that made me feel much better about my glass journey.

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ewbie+mistakes
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Old 2014-04-04, 8:51pm
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This was one of my favorite threads as well. Always good for a giggle and things NOT to do. Angelique

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http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ewbie+mistakes
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Old 2014-04-05, 3:59am
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This one in the boro room on color combos.

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=105586
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The homemade tools thread is great http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...=%2Apurpose%2A.

It has given me inspiration and a heightened awareness in hardware stores, cooking utensil stores, even Salvation Army type places for things to be repurposed in my lampworking world.

Conversely, my "tip" is that sometimes you should just buy that specialized tool you're lusting after instead of spending even more money trying to come up with your own version.
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Old 2014-04-20, 8:37pm
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This Clio thread is really, really long, but I read through the WHOLE thing, I keep coming back to it, and it's the thread that finally gave me some success in using silver/striking glass. http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=154841
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I don't think I could nominate a favourite 'thread', except maybe the Hothead one in the Gallery, when I was using the HH.

But second to bead porn in the Gallery (which I perved on for a year or so before I actually started lampworking), the Tips and Tutorial sections were my go-to, and I lived in the Newbie galleries for a very long time, and still pop in now and then to say hi and see how everyone's doing.
As life allows, I might still have a holiday in there from time to time, but now I might post in the daily gallery threads if I've learned something well enough to show off and share, or if a new idea I've worked on comes off well enough to share.
Either way, whether I've been absent or not, LE has been a mainstay one way or another.
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Old 2014-10-11, 6:51am
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My all time favorite thread is Rich's Color thread - thank you Rich

http://lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141845
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Wow... I loved the Christmas balls thread.

http://lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233676

Learning how to make Christmas balls makes the obnoxious question of "do you blow glass" a lot happier to answer hahaha
(another thread I love http://lampworketc.com/forums/showth...ious+questions)


There are many, many, other threads that I love. Since I still haven't taken a single class and I've been doing this for 5 years, I'd say I owe almost everything I know to LE and the wonderful people I have met here.

My tip... do your research and ask questions - you might get some nasty responses but it makes you learn, and that's all that matters, right? Also you make great friends... who even give you gifts.
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The Secrets of Raku Revealed!

In all fairness, there are many tuts here I've learned things from, but Dawn's tut was the key to me not wasting my Raku anymore!
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Kalera's.. ask me anything thread, I have once again reread it, because I lost my last copy and paste doc... the generosity she shows in that never fails to amaze and inspire me
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