I have been busy trying lamp working techniques this summer. Striped beads are made differently than I would have thought. Instead of drawing stripes on the bead with a stringer you lay down dots, put on a layer of clear glass and melt it slowly. This serves to magnify the dots underneath which appear as stripes! How cool is that? Here are the basic steps:
Make a base bead
Begin to heat the clear glass. Slowly so the glass doesn’t pop or crack.
Let the bead cool slowly and keep it turning to maintain the shape
Don’t forget Bead Fest this weekend!