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Old 2010-11-09, 6:02pm
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I posted this over in a gallery thread so I thought I would repost it here. Wigwags are fun to make and really help you practice your heat control. This is how I make my wigwags.

1. Using the clear rod of glass wind a inch long barrel shape on the bare end of 3/32 mandrel. Using clear for your base will give you a nice stiff glass to work with and will make pulling your wigwag much easier.

2. Next spiral encase with your base color rod that you want to use and melt smooth. Shape back into a barrel again using your graphite paddle. Make sure to cover your end of the barrel with your base color as well.

3. Now place stripes down your barrel with the different colors of glass. I use 3 to 4 different colors. You can use stringers and full size rods for your stripes to give you different looks.

4. Melt your stripes smooth and roll it into a barrel again.

5. Heat the end of the boro punty and your barrel end. Once they are glowing attach the boro punty to the end of the barrel.

6. Heat the barrel until glowing making sure your have a nice even heat throughout the barrel. This is what gives you a nice smooth wigwag. If you have uneven heat you will have ridges in your wigwags.

7. Next take the barrel out of the flame and let a skin form over the barrel. This is where you have to read the heat. The barrel can not be soft or too firm. Pull out about an inch from the front of the barrel and let it rest a few seconds, then twist one way 4 to 5 turns. Next keeping the flame toward the rear of your barrel pull out another inch of glass and twist the opposite direction 4 to 5 turns. Keep repeating this step until your barrel is too small to pull off any more glass. Your wigwag is now made.

Tip: When using wigwags I like to press them into my bead to keep the wigwag from spreading out.

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Old 2010-11-09, 6:07pm
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Thanks Dawn for sharing this with us!! Looks like fun!!!
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Old 2010-11-09, 8:43pm
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WOW this is easier then the one i read along time ago! THANKS!
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Old 2010-11-09, 9:05pm
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Cool, thanks for posting. I want to make some now.
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Old 2010-11-10, 2:35am
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Dawn, this is wonderful! Excellent instructions and your photos are gorgeous!
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Old 2010-11-10, 3:07am
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Love it!
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Old 2010-11-10, 3:25am
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Thanks Dawn, can't wait for the weekend.
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Old 2010-11-12, 8:46am
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Well, isn't that cool!
Thanks for sharing Dawn.
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Old 2010-11-12, 9:15am
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Those are so neat!! And make your beads look really fun.
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Old 2010-11-12, 11:08am
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Thanks for posting directions Dawn! Very cool!
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Old 2010-11-12, 12:07pm
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Thanks Dawn. Your wigwags rock.
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Old 2010-11-12, 12:32pm
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I love making wigwags! They are a lot of fun to use for decorations!
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Love the tutorial! I have a question which I think I know the obvious answer, but do you lay down the wig-wag twistie without twisting it, like a normal twistie?

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Leah no twisting necessary just lay it down straight. If I'm going straight around a bead I let gravity lay down the stringer. This makes a really straight line
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Old 2010-11-12, 2:24pm
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Ok, way too cool! Thanks for posting this with pics. I wasn't sure what you did with them, but the picture of your beads answers my question. And might I just say, "WOW!"
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Thanks, Dawn, for being so generous!

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Old 2010-11-12, 11:52pm
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What a great tutorial! Thank you so so so much! I spent all night last night making these and had an absolute blast I have a feeling I'll have a mountain of these by the time my new thermocouple shows up next week. I'm okay with that
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Old 2010-11-13, 8:02am
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Think I'm gonna make some today! Glad this tut came back up!
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Thank you Dawn for sharing!!! Love the tut.
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What a great tutorial! Thank you so so so much! I spent all night last night making these and had an absolute blast I have a feeling I'll have a mountain of these by the time my new thermocouple shows up next week. I'm okay with that
Once I start making them I don't want to stop. Since your waiting on your thermocouple I would be making murrini as well

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Thanks very much for this tutorial. Just this morning I was thinking about how to get myself to use bright opaque colors. I think this will be a really fun way to do that!
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Thanks so much Dawn. I love making twisties and can't wait to give these a try!
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Here is an example of a few wig wag pendants made using a very similar method. Great tutorial Dawn!
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Thank you so much for sharing!
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Old 2010-11-14, 6:01am
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Here's the set I made yesterday using the wigwags I made.
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Anne I love them! I think I will be making some wigwags this week

Chris I might even try using wigways the boro way too....very nice focals!
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Dawn, thanks for posting the tutorial. Can't wait to try it out.
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Dawn, thanks for posting this. I'm going to try this tomorrow. I think it's going to take some getting used to not to twist too much but I can't wait to try it.
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Awesome! Very nice of you to share! Thank you!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!! :c)
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