Technical  Tips
Clean it up

Soak your Moretti Dark Turquoise Beads
Are you Dark Turquoise beads silvery black?
Just soak them in CLR and you will have beautiful
turquoise beads in a few hours.
Be sure to read the label and follow all the safety
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Steady It

Wire your beads without any wobble or shifting

Do your lampwork Beads wobble on the wire you are
using to finish them? Most beads have a 3/32  hole
size. If you are using head pins or 20-22 gauge wire
you can use seed beads to fill the space. Simply run a
few seed beads on your headpin/wire then slip the
bead over the seed beads and wire. Now the wobble
is gone and the seed beads are hidden.
Slow Down and Soak In

To increasing the heat in your glass whether you are
heating a bead to shape it or getting a cane ready to
pull. Turn slower in the flame removing your glass for a
moment or two (still turning gravity does not stop just
for you!) Let the heat soak into the center and then
return it to the flame. Repeat until you have even heat
and glow. This will give you the heat you need for
shaping your bead or to pull a good smooth cane.
This also applies to life during the Holidays! Slow down
and soak in the Now (life does not stop just for you).
Don't miss the moment. Happy Holidays!
Stay Put

This Months tip for my fusing friends and students.
It is one of those simple "why didn't I think of that
tips". When you are using  small murrini or stringer
components on a fused piece they don't want to stay
in place. If you do get them to the kiln they
sometimes jump right off as the temperature increases
in the kiln. How do you keep them in place?
SUPER GLUE the cheapest kind you can buy at your
local hardware store. Just a small drip of super glue
will hold a group of murrini or stringers in place.
When using any Toxic materials you should have a
well ventilated room. This is true  when using the
super glue. Use common sense and do not stand
around the kiln room when the piece is firing. The
fumes are toxic.

I credit this tip to Jayne Persico.

I'm often asked where do I get the ideas for my beads? So I
thought I'd show you. Why is this a tip? The answer is.  
Students and customers ask me to reproduce, or how to
make, an exact copy of a bead someone else had made. In
my opinion practising technique is the only time it is
acceptable to copy. When you are learning you may copy
to  work on different techniques. As and Artist you have
to find your own voice. And you will not find it looking at
other peoples beads
My inspiration comes from nature, fabric and literature.
Sometimes it is my interpretation of  favorite object like
the alligator pin below.
Shake it up !

Yes long time no tip. Life just gets so busy. I have
decided this section is no longer the tip of the
month. I don't seem to be able to get a new tip
posted each month. I just might get it done but this
way the tips can be added with out the pressure of a

I was telling my beginning beadmaking class about
this tip this weekend so I thought I'd pass it on.
You have to add a little water to some brands of
bead release as they tend to dry out. The next time
you add water throw a couple of your little wonky
beads in too. They will help "stir up" the bead
release with every shake just like the little steel
balls that use to be nail polish. This will give you
smooth lump free bead release.
My Annealing Schedule
This is a question I am ask often. For both Bullseye
COE 90 and Moretti COE 104 this is my Annealing
Ramp 1- Full, Temp 1 - 968 F, hold 8 hrs
The 8 hr hold is my working time while I make and add
beads to the kiln
Ramp 2 - full, Temperature 2 - 968 F, Hold 1 hour
This gives the last bead in and hour at the annealing temp.
Ramp 3- 150 F, Temperature 350 F, Hold 0
This is 150 degrees and hour from 968 F to 350F and then
the kiln turns off