Saturday, May 12, 2012

Spiral Tool

This is a cool tool that totally rules, it will make you drool.

I LOVE this tool - I am using it on everything. It's just a simple spiral. It works well - doesn't tend to stick to the glass, it just totally rocks.

This was my first use of it - on turquoise and copper green - if you care. 

I forget what these were - Sasha's silver on the bottom and Dalai Lama on the top, maybe?
 This is Dalai Lama on the top, and not sure about the bottom. The Dalai Lama struck beautifully - best I've ever gotten - probably due to the rapid cooling. To make the spiral tool work on a hot, soft bead, I place the back of the bead on torch marver. Here too, I started adding the wavy Micheal Barley tool.
  Here we go again - spiral and wavy. The bead itself it Vetro Black and Ivory, with all 4 of the frits I've been playing with lately (TAG Taxco and Deep Purple, Belladonna Royal Purple and Honey Glaze). Melt in, spot reduce, clear encase, mash, spiral.

 This is also all 4 frits, on Vetro black, encased, mashed and spiraled.

White core, honey glaze rod, dichro, clear encase. Let drip, mash, apply spiral. 

Here is the spiral again, also the wavy tool. The spiral is awesome. I'm putting it on everything. There's a serious danger of me completely overdoing it. How out of character is that? ;-)


  1. Cheryl1:02 p.m.

    I love the spiral tool. Where did you get it? You are such a talented artist. I really appreciate your blog and all the tips and information you share. Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you! I got mine from Nortel Mfg - if you are in Canada. If you want to order online, Arrow Springs has them - currently on the front page.

    Ooooo - lookit that wave press ... must have ... .

  3. Cheryl1:39 p.m.

    Thank you for your response. I just have to have one of those; they are way cool!

  4. I need one of those tools! I really love your blog.

  5. That's nice to see it on beads. I saw the tool on arrow springs. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Never seen this stuff.
    Looks great :P

  7. Anonymous11:26 p.m.

    what's the kiln temperature when you print the spiral? Love your stuff

  8. Same temp that I toss everything in at - about 970 F. ;-)