Tips & Tricks

I created these little tidbits of more or less useless information over quite a long period of time (around 17 years) – nothing really spectacular but my friends who worked on the new website decided that they didn’t want this stuff to disappear in cyberspace. The picture quality of some of the images is a bit, well, not so great – remember when digital cameras recorded onto floppy disks? Yes, the info is THAT old…

I will try and add some new ideas now and then, but at the moment I’m more into recording videos, which you’ll find in Corina’s Vault.

Click on each title to be taken to the actual tutorial page – well, you know what to do…

Corina at the Torch
How to Make a Simple Murrini

How to Make a Simple Murrini

I have received many emails over the past years asking how I made those little "barnacle" looking mini-murrinis that I used for the first time in my "Fossil Bead" series. Here are a few pictures, for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about:Although Pati...

Vertebrae Twistie Technique by Kimberly Affleck

Vertebrae Twistie Technique by Kimberly Affleck

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me how I did the "Vertebrae Twistie" in the focal pictured below. Since I didn't "invent" this kind of twistie, but learned it from my friend Kimberly Affleck, I asked her whether it would be okay to share the technique, and she not...

How to make a pendant

How to make a pendant

Once in a while I get into this mood where I think I have to teach the world how to do things - of course what I am going to show you is the one and only way of doing it - don't let anybody else tell you different, what do they know??? (grin) I got a little bit...

Easy Links

Easy Links

Here is a simple trick that is very easy to do: Wrap two separate stringer lines around the belly of a bead, make sure they are raised but bonded to the surface of the bead. Next gently heat one spot between both lines, Then with tweezers or needle-nose pliers, push...

Triangle Shaped Bead

Triangle Shaped Bead

Have you ever wondered how to get a triangle shape on some of your beads?1. Make a disk bead on a medium sized mandrel:2. Add glass in 3 places around the disk (I add this glass by "swiping" it down and back up. (You can see that in the video at the bottom of this...

How to make a bracelet with softflex wire

How to make a bracelet with softflex wire

Once in a while I feel this great urge to "educate" the world around me - and I enjoy greatly when people ask me how to do things WITH my beads (and not how to MAKE my beads). A couple of days ago one of my customers asked me whether I could explain how to actually...