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One thing I've found in speaking to other beadmakers is that people don't like to encase, because either it ends up making the bead really huge, it distorts the pattern underneath, or they end up with really big, distracting bubbles.

Since I hate bubbles with a passion, I have a combination method that allows you to thinly encase larger beads (1-2 inches in length) without introducing bubbles or smears at the junction of the clear layers.

I didn't realize I was doing anything all that interesting until a friend was watching me encase and said she'd never seen anyone encase like I did, nor did she get the smooth, thin layers that I can get using my method. If you'll peruse my newest etsy bead additions, you'll see beads that will make you say, "That's encased?". They're slim and gorgeous.

In the interest of helping you create more beautiful beads, I offer you this 13 page encasing tutorial. This etsy item is for a .pdf file which I will email to you to the email address you provide at checkout. the file does not transfer automatically, I have to actually send it to you, so it may take up to 6 hours before you receive it.

To my knowledge, I have never been exposed to this method of encasing; I took a technique used for small beads and applied it on my larger beads, and was able to get consistent results by doing so. There are only so many ways to encase a bead, and it is possible (and likely) that someone else has also thought of and uses this method, which is why I do not claim to have invented it (implying that no one else would have thought of it, or that I'd done something so innovative that no one had ever tried it in their own quest to encase better.)

I just know that a lot of people have trouble with encasing, and this method works to get rid of bubbles and provides a thin, smooth encasement layer.

Thank you for purchasing this tutorial, and if you ever have any questions, OR, if you're concerned that maybe you already know how to do this particular technique and don't want to buy something you don't need, please convo me or email me at cttjcj [!at] hotmail.com

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charmaine jackson

Encasing Silver Glass and Encasing Glass Beads TUTORIAL *INSTANT DOWNLOAD*



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