It’s A Charmer!
By: Jeanne Baruth
SKILL LEVEL: 5 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 hours
• Wear Safety glasses when using glass crafting tools
• Always read and follow Beadmaking Kit safety instructions and warnings.
• Sometimes sharp points form on a finished bead; remove these with a metal file.
• Fuseworks™ Beginner Beadmaking Kit
• Fuseworks™ Filigree Pink Glass Rod
• Fuseworks™ Filigree Black Glass Rod
• Fuseworks™ Red Transparent Glass Rod
• Fuseworks™ White Opaque Glass Rod
• Mandrel 1/16” (Delphiglass.com)
• Fuseworks™ Graphite Paddle • Fuseworks™ Safety Glasses
• Fuseworks™ Stainless Steel Tool Rest
• Fuseworks™ Bead Hole Cleaner
• Paper towels
• Wire™ 8” Black
• Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Grey Sanded Grout
• Mixing bowl and spoon
1. For this project, you will need to pull a stringer. To do so, hold both ends of a glass rod in each hand. Place the center of the rod in flame. Heat the center of the rod until molten; push both ends toward the middle to create a hot ball of glass. When the balls is about ½” in diameter remove from flame and pull each end of the rod away from each other to create a thin, thread-like piece of glass. This is a stringer. Remember glass will be very hot. Place on a heat resistant work surface to cool for 30 min. Break off rod ends before using. (fig. 1)
2. To form a base bead, heat one end of a red transparent glass rod several inches from the flame. Gradually bring the tip of the glass rod into the flame (fig. 2). Work glass rod in the flame until a hot molten ball forms. In your second hand, warm a 3/32” mandrel in the flame. Wrap 1” of the molten glass rod around the mandrel while rolling mandrel away from you (fig. 3). Separate the glass rod from the bead by directing heat to the joint and pulling rod away.
3. Next, heat as in step 2 and apply white opaque glass randomly to the surface, while continuing to roll the mandrel in the flame. Repeat this process with a pink filigree and a black filigree rod (fig. 4). Keep the mandrel with the glass rolling in or near the flame to insure a well-shaped bead (fig. 5).
4. Remove the mandrel from the flame and, roll the heated bead over a shaping marver surface to create an interesting pattern on the beads surface (fig. 6).
5. Return the bead to the flame and using a white stringer, apply two 3/16” dots to the surface of the base bead so they barely touch (fig. 7). Heat the bead in the area of the white dots and using a bead rake gently pull through the center of the dots to form a heart shape (fig. 8 - 9).
Note: make sure the entire bead is kept hot, but not so hot it melts the raised texture of the bead.(fig. 1)
6. Fire-anneal your bead by heating and allowing it to cool in the outer regions of the flame for a few seconds: repeat several times then carefully place the bead in the fiber blanket to cool. If available, anneal in a bead kiln.
7. Repeat Step 2, 3 and 6 use the 1/16” mandrel to form two 7mm red and black beads.
8. Once cooled, soak the mandrel in water to remove beads from the mandrels. Grasp the bead with a paper towel or a scruffy and gently pull, twisting back and forth to remove the bead (fig.10). If bead cannot be removed easily, use a plier to grip mandrel below the bead and twist. Clean the bead with a bead hole cleaner.
9. Slip a black 7mm bead on the wire, bring ends together (fig 11 – 12). The bead should be in the center loop. Thread both ends through the heart bead and the remaining black bead. Move the three beads together so they are a snug fit. Coil one wire around the 1/16” mandrel 4 times. Repeat this step on the other end. String a red 7mm on each end and coil 2 times. Slip off the mandrel. Create a “U” on each end of the wires. This will make the hook to lock the charm around the wine stem.