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Want to make a BFB (Big Fancy Bead) like those you see in my shop? This 11 page lampwork glass bead tutorial covers everything you need to know to make a bead like the one in the second picture. In addition to the specific steps required to make the bead shown in the second photo, the following techniques are included in this PDF tutorial containing 26 color photos:

1. How to use a large lentil press to get beads with nice puckered ends.
2. How to know how much glass to use in your press.
3. How to make a raku twisted cane (twisty) that will pop with color on your bead.
4. How to make a silvered stringer that bursts with silver sparkle.

It is intended for the intermediate glass bead artist who is able to control a large amount of glass on a mandrel, and who is able to make a basic bead. It's possible to make this bead on a Hot Head, but experience with making large beads using this torch is recommended first.

The techniques and design explained in this tutorial can be adapted for smaller beads, beads of different shapes, and variations on the style shown.

Once payment is confirmed this tutorial will be available for immediate download through Etsy. There are no shipping fees for this tutorial, and *all sales are final* (no returns or refunds on this item).

You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read and print this tutorial, and it's available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html?promoid=BUIGO.

Big Fancy Bead Tutorial Instant Download


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