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Old 2007-04-26, 9:07am
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Default Encased Rose Bead, by Bousky

This tutorial was designed to be a one page, quick glance type of thing. It is available as a PDF file. This will be easier to use when working, although the pictures below are bigger, and I had a bit more space to write.

Materials List:
Mandrel dipped in bead release
Base color of your choice
Vine cane
Clear glass stringer
Clear rod
Opaque White Stringer
Transparent Color Stringer
Stamen Cane
Marvering tool (I use a Stump Shaper)

HINTS:
1. Work with a small flame.
2. When adding transparent colored dots add them within the edges of the previous opaque dot.
3. When I say "melt in slightly", your goal is to melt only enough to smooth any sharp transitions. This is to avoid bubbles being trapped as you add clear.
4. When covering each layer of petals with glass, you just cover the petals completely and only. When you melt to round this helps with the spread of the petals.


Below making an embedded Rose Bead is broken into 24 steps.

STEP 1: Place small footprint of glass on mandrel

STEP 2: Marver glass footprint to a barrel shape, measuring about .25 to .375 inch wide.

STEP 3: Add Vine Cane to barrel.

STEP 4: Melt to round.

STEP 5: Encase vine with clear.

STEP 6: Melt to round.

STEP 7: Add three groups of three opaque white dots for the first layer of petals for three seperate blossoms.

STEP 8: Melt to round.

STEP 9: Add dots of transparent color to each petal. Place dot within the opaque white. Melt to Round.

STEP 10: Add clear glass on the top of each group of petals. Melting very slightly to avoid bubbles. Melt to round.

STEP 11: Add a second group of petals, on top of and in between each each of the first set of petals.

STEPS 12 through 14: Repeat steps 8 through 10
8. Melt to Round. 9. Add dots of transparent color to each petal. Melt to round. 10. Add clear glass to the top of each group of petals, melting slightly to avoid bubbles. Melt to round.

STEP 15: Add a third group of petals, on top of and in between each of the second sets of petals.

STEP 16 through 18: Repeat steps 8 through 10.
8. Melt to Round. 9. Add dots of transparent color to each petal. Melt to round. 10. Add clear glass to the top of each group of petals, melting slightly to avoid bubbles. Melt to round.

STEP 19: Spot heat and plunge the center of each grouping of petals with stringer or stamen cane.

STEP 20: Melt a small amount of clear stringer and carefully fill the hole made by plunging. Melt in very slightly.

STEP 21: Add clear glass covering the top of each blossom. Melt in slightly as you go. This is to avoid bubbles.

STEP 22: Melt to round

STEP 23: Carefully encase the entire bead. Melting slightly as you go.

STEP 24: Melt to round.

The content of this tutorial, both photo's and text, is the property of Michelle Schomburg. No part of this tutorial is to be reprinted for other than personal use with out the written permission by Michelle Schomburg.
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Old 2007-04-26, 9:10am
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Oh WOW...it's THREE dots...I'm not even gonna' tell you how I've been trying to do it...I'm too embarassed!!

Thank you for posting that!!!
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Old 2007-04-26, 9:15am
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This tutorial looks great, Michelle! I can't wait to try it!

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Old 2007-04-26, 9:17am
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Wow - what a great tutorial- I am always amazed at the depth and precision of your work
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Ooo, thank you so much for the tutorial, Michelle.
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Awesome tut - thanks Michelle!!!
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Old 2007-04-26, 10:17am
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Wow Michelle! I still marvel at your incredible work. I just love seeing how you work your magic! Now I have a fellow bousky lover in St L! We drool all over your beads!!!
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Love your florals!!!
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WONDERFUL tutorial, Michelle! The photographs are incredible and your beads are always stunning. I had always wondered what your encasing steps were - there are so many different ways to do it and your way is so precise and unique. What isn't covered by the steps is the masterful heat control necessary to melt everything smooth and encase neatly while maintaining that perfect shape. That takes PPP! You're a huge inspiration to me and to many other floral artists and future floral artists.
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thanks for the tut, i've always been a big fan of your florals! the depth is so incredible!
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!!! I have always wanted to ask you how you make your awesome flowers.

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Thank you and you are all welcome! Let me know how it goes.
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A great tutorial Michelle & such a lot of work. Have always admired your beautiful florals... Kerry

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Old 2007-04-26, 7:05pm
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Wonderful tut Michelle! Your florals are so beautiful!
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Great tutorial and thank you so much for sharing! I want to try this soon. Most of my florals end up looking like melted M&M's....You make such beautiful flowers and it is so nice of you to share!
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Thank you, Michelle. Wonderful tut.
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Wow Michelle the tutorial is awesome, thanks for sharing your tips with us that is very generous of you. I love your pink and blue flowers on the bay, ok I love all of them but the that set is just spectacular!!!!!!
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Michelle!!!!!!!! How awesome of you to share that with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!
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Thank you for the directions and great pictures to go with them! This is so helpful to a beginner like myself.
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I am printing as I type. Thanks so much for sharing your way of making these florals. It is so helpful to have it all on a one page PDF that I can tape within site while torching.

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Wonderful tut!!! Rating it 5 stars!! You make it look so easy! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing this with us
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Thank you so much for sharing and being so generous with your time and tut. I love your beads and style.

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