- heat the snot out of it
- cool with no reheating
- strike lightly
I'm getting better and better results. Or, at least, results that I like better - which is as good.
The pic of the ivory bicone - I didn't actually strike - I just kinda dug it the way it was. It also has fine silver wire. It is encased with Kelp - making the fine silver wire look like gold, or brass or copper.
This last bead is Tibet, labeled "Dk Grn" - a particular batch known as "Dark Green."
Now this is nice!