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Handmade Glass Beads - Detail by DragonTreasureArt Handmade Glass Beads - Detail by DragonTreasureArt
A close up of my newest handmade beads
I made the beads using a hothead bunsen burner and mapp gas / propane gas in my kitchen - it's the next best thing to a studio!!
Making glass beads is sooooo addictive and so much fun :-)
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MizzMarsh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
these are really lovely :)
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DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you x
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MizzMarsh Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
your welcome :D
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orafaerygirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
How lovely, and so very brave of you! Luv the colors and shapes!
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DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :-)
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vonrumpfkat Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
So pretty! I love the color combinations. And the finish on them is really neat - like they're still molten and liquid-y.

Is it expensive to make your own beads? I've wanted to try it for awhile now, I just don't know if I can afford it.
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DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment.
Yes it is very expensive and extremely addictive. The rational side of me says don't start! The arty side of me says - pay loads of money but you'll have loads of fun!!
It cost me £100 for the initial setup, which isn't too painful, and the glass isn't that expensive, but the gas canisters will reduce your bank account to tears. They're very over priced and don't last that long. Apparently the massive canisters are value for money but I've got nowhere to store one :-(

It's all worth it though, it's so much fun :D
If you're based in the UK search for 'Tuffnell Glass' online, that's where I buy all my supplies from.
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vonrumpfkat Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Thanks for the info! This is something that I'd definitely like to try. :D

I'm based in the US, but apparently a few friends of mine are into glass blowing (who knew?), so I'll pick their brains. ;)
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DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Now that is something I'd love to try. I saw a glass blowing demo once and found out about courses, but as with all the good things in life, they were too expensive!! Maybe next year! :XD:
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vonrumpfkat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Oh, I know. The art center near me has classes on glass blowing and glass bead making. I'm dying to take the classes, I just can't spare the money. :(
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