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How NOT to make a Clownfish murrini

How NOT to make a Clownfish murrini

In the summer of 2010, during a particularly hot week, I decided to spend a little time in my studio and make something easy and relaxing, like a murrini (yeah, right...). I had been making a new style of "Ocean Beads" over the last month, but all of my beads were...

How to Handle Hair-fine Stringer

How to Handle Hair-fine Stringer

Please make sure to read the TEXT first, and not just scroll down to the pictures! The text is an essential part of the tutorial. When talking about stringer, there are two basic aspects: learning how to "deal" with stringer - and then learning (or figuring out) WHAT...

How to Make Pandora-size Encased Florals

How to Make Pandora-size Encased Florals

Before we get started, I wanted to talk a little about the objective of most of the steps I will be showing. Making an encased floral is not all that much of a mystery anymore, most beadmaking books, including my Passing the Flame include some sort of tutorial. What...

How to Make Frog-Egg-Patterns

How to Make Frog-Egg-Patterns

You might have seen this pattern on one of the frogs I listed today. Some of you might immediately see how this "dot ladder" is created, others might scratch their head. It's fairly simple to do, but it does require some preparation: a "clear core cane" (or murrini)No...

Applying Murrini

Applying Murrini

Making a "Starburst" Murrini is one thing - APPLYING it is the next big "secret", so, here we go again: 1. Cut the cane into small pieces. I always try to get a variety of LENGTH, since this will alter the appearance of the finished piece just as much as the diameter...

Flowers in Our Garden

Flowers in Our Garden

Hi, I wanted to invite you to take a tour of our flower garden! In a perfect world, each picture would be accompanied by a corresponding floral bead with detailed instructions - well, we all know that the world is not perfect, but nature gets pretty darn close to it....

Mixing (or Blending) Glass

Mixing (or Blending) Glass

Here is a quick look into mixing colors, in case you have never tried this before: The color I am showing you to mix is going to be a dark lavender/purple color, as a result of the combination of black and periwinkle. The directions are the same for any color of...

Bead Darwinism

Bead Darwinism

What could beads have possibly to do with Charles Darwin? Well, yesterday I was just sitting around, contemplating this and that, and I wondered how "new" designs actually emerge. I am sure that most beadmakers (for sure not all, as far as I can tell) have the burning...

How to Build a Glass Storage Shelf

How to Build a Glass Storage Shelf

This shelf was designed by my friend Geno, and of course, because he is a nice guy, he doesn't mind if other people copy his idea. Depening on how much glass you insert into the tubes, the shelf can get pretty heavy - it CAN be hung on the wall, as long as you find...

Subtle Stripes

Subtle Stripes

Finally "revealed" - the SECRET OF THE SUBTLE STRIPES... So, this is how I made these (and so far I have not yet found any other colors that look as nice...maybe YOU can experiment and let me know!)1. make a tiny (!!!!!) donut-shaped bead in light or dark ivory (the...