Wanna make this bead? Check out my very first tutorial, now in my Etsy shop.
I've wanted to teach beadmaking for some time now, and this is Step 1. I've been making beads for over 5 years, and wanted to share some of what I've learned over this time. This tutorial covers everything you need to know to make the bead shown above, and variations on this theme. It's aimed at the intermediate beadmaker, or a beginner who can handle a large-sized gather of glass on a mandrel.
It covers several preparatory steps - silvered commercial stringer (not the melted in kind), and raku twisties that PoP, and includes a number of tips including how to make a large pressed bead with puckered ends.
Check it out and let me know what you think!