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Hello, thanks for stopping by my Etsy page. I have been designing jewelry for the last 6 years. This lead me to a love of Lampworking. I took a class 3 years ago and have been making beads since that time.

If you would like to learn more about me I have a public MySpace page located at http://www.myspace.com/mcpeg

WHAT IS ANNEALING AND WHY IS IT NECESSARY:

Definition of Anneal: To subject (glass or metal) to a process of heating and slow cooling in order to toughen and reduce brittleness. To strengthen or harden.

Why Anneal: Annealing glass beads is the process of slowly cooling glass so that the internal temperature matches the external temperature. This allows the glass to reach a stress-relief point, which relieves…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 27
  • Joined November 26, 2007

Favorite materials

Glass, Swarovski crystals, Beads, pearls

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About

Hello, thanks for stopping by my Etsy page. I have been designing jewelry for the last 6 years. This lead me to a love of Lampworking. I took a class 3 years ago and have been making beads since that time.

If you would like to learn more about me I have a public MySpace page located at http://www.myspace.com/mcpeg

WHAT IS ANNEALING AND WHY IS IT NECESSARY:

Definition of Anneal: To subject (glass or metal) to a process of heating and slow cooling in order to toughen and reduce brittleness. To strengthen or harden.

Why Anneal: Annealing glass beads is the process of slowly cooling glass so that the internal temperature matches the external temperature. This allows the glass to reach a stress-relief point, which relieves internal stress. The piece is allowed to heat-soak until the temperature is consistent throughout the piece.

As glass cools, the outside will always cool faster than the inside of the glass. Glass contracts as it is cooling. If the outside of the glass cools and contracts faster than the inside, this causes stress in the glass. Too much stress and the glass will break. The slower the glass is cooled, the less the amount of temperature difference throughout the glass and less the amount of stress that will develop.

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