Friday, November 04, 2011

Bead Shaper - Oval Extra Chunky Large

Yeeeeeah! Extra Chunky Large! That's MY kind of bead.

The more I use these bead shapers, the easier they get to use - so I think perhaps I might be getting better at it! What I have found is that using them with a very light touch seems to be key to getting good results quickly and easily, without a lot of struggle and drama.

This large oval shapes aren't  particularly difficult to make without a shaper, but of course, that's not the only point of these. They can make it easier to get consistent results, consistent sizes, etc. They aren't really an end - but a means to an end - more of a jumping off point. For instance, you could shape your bead with one of these, and then mash it, do it over and over, getting a consistent line of bead of the same shape and size, even if you are playing with the colours and patterns - making it much easier to incorporate into your own jewelry. Consistently-sized beads means that you don't have keep hunting up the right-sized bead-cap or guessing how much wire you need. Just a thought - for those of you out there in full production mode for the holiday rush.

Just a light touch will do it. Make a cylinder, make sure it fits inside the cavity, then add more on the middle half of the bead (leaving the ends). Check it for size, then add a little more to the centre. Do your shaping gently - more on the wall of the cavity than on the back (much like a marble mold!).


This bead fills the cavity a little more than the one above, but still was easy to shape. If you go to roll your bead and you get a big ridge on one side - you have too much glass and/or it was too hot. If you get a big valley - you put too much pressure on it.



Not the most spectacular beads, but the shape is fine.

And you can go on to decorate these from here!

4 comments:

  1. Who makes these shapers? I am familiary with CG beadroolers, but not these. Thank you. I enjoy your blog.

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  2. Gail DB11:55 AM

    Same question for me -- where to get it... and all the shapers you demo. I often cannot find them for sale from the sites I already know. This one would be really useful for getting not only consistant sizes (flattened or not) but also help fix my problem.... after mashing, I often get a flat bead that has slightly more glass on one side, making it a bit lopsided. Want one!

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  3. Anonymous9:24 PM

    Howaco glass has them too. I highly recommend them!

    http://www.howacoglass.com/tools_shaping.html

    -Patti (magic fire beads)

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