Introduction: Steampunk, "A Moment in Time" Bead

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dorotea (author)2013-02-23

These are lovely, but one question- how would you acquire the tiny gears and bits? Are they from a craft store or site?

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glasspyder (author)dorotea2013-02-24

I do have a local bead store, that sells the gears and bits. It also convenient that she sells some of my beads. You could try "Rings and Things" they sell some, but sell out often.

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HeavenBlueRose (author)2012-12-14

Wow, this is really nice, i love it :)

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scoochmaroo (author)2011-08-29

This looks really interesting. Could you tell us more about what we're seeing here? What was your inspiration and what is going on in the images?

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glasspyder (author)scoochmaroo2011-08-30

I'm glad your intrested, I kinda had a friend prod me into posting it. The first image is two completed beads, filled and capped. The stuff around them is the stuff I put inside. I make these glass beads on a 4mm mandrel, so once clean, your stuff has to be 4mm or smaller to fit through the hole.

The second pic, shows a hollow, next to a coated mandrel. Also two glass rods that the bead is made from. a 4mm od tube is in the pic, with a bit of sheet metal, that you cut the discs to cap them.

So you have made your bead, annealed it, and filled it... Decide how big you want your caps. Use the disc cutter in this pic to cut the sheet metal, texture as you want, punch a second hole in the center for the tubing.

Dome your cap, slide it and your bead onto the tubing, Measure your tubing so its just alil longer that the capped bead, Once you have cut the tubing, and have all of it stacked you use a flaring tool, in my case a press, to widen the tube edge like a rivet.

String it on a leather cord, or stack it on a pendant, or set it into another project.

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Equator (author)glasspyder2011-09-06

Any for sale in sets of 10 or so say? what would you sell one for? 10 for? very interested and would be great additions to crystal wraps, or full jewelry pieces, i for the reason, know no one but you now, with a press, glass making capabilities... also do you know anyone else that makes those hollow beads ? i have never heard of or seen them made before.

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glasspyder (author)Equator2011-09-06

Once in a while, you'll see one or two pop up on www.etsy.com. Mine run from 30 to 40 dollars. Depending on size and how much stacking of caps I do.

I don't etsy, cuase its just my hobby, but that keeps them cheaper too.

www.lampworketc.com is a good place to find people with can do them.

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eross-1 (author)2011-09-02

Mini TARDIS:) awesome!

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