Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Tip - Mashing Flame Worked Beads Flat

We feel fortunate to have Julie Lukosaitis as one of our jewelry instructors. Julie teaches flame worked beads as well as other jewelry techniques and has been involved with glass bead making and flame working for almost 20 years. She has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced flame working at The Vinery Stained Glass Studio for 15 years and has been selected to teach flame working at the Milwaukee Bead & Button Show and the Madison Glass Art & Bead Show.

Here's a little tip from Julie:

Mashing Flame Worked Beads Flat
After making a glass bead on a mandril in the flame of a torch you can mash a bead flat with a mashing tool. After the bead is mashed polish the chill marks out (the concentric rings made from the cold metal on hot glass). Do one side at a time to keep the shape flat. Heat one side in the flame then hold that surface facing up to help smooth out the glass. Repeat, do the side when glass has slightly cooled. 

You will get a chance to practice this technique in Julie's next workshop at Shake Rag Alley:

March 5th, 2016

To get a feel for what it's like to "play with fire", check out this High Street Beat blog post about one of Julie's recent classes at Shake Rag Alley. 

This tip originally appeared in the Shake Rag Alley News Extra email newlsetter. Click the Tutorials and Tips tab above to learn how you can sign up to receive the Shake Rag Alley New Extras for more great ongoing tutorials and tips from Shake Rag instructors. 

Click here to see the current line-up of Jewelry workshops at Shake Rag Alley, including other classes taught by Julie. 

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