2009 -  MAY  MEETING

 WEARABLE BUTTERFLY BEADS

(Click here to see Robert Simmon's Wearable Butterfly Bead Tutorial)

 

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Once again, Fred Fuerst took photos at our May meeting.  This is the first time that our 2009-2010 co-presidents presided and Fred took this lovely photo of them.  Andrew Lunde is on the left and Becky Sizemore is on the right.

 

 

Robert Simmons who is the National Director of Bead Donations for Beads Of Courage showed us how to make a wearable butterfly bead using copper leaf, a butterfly punch, and colored enamel powders.  Traditionally, if a child in the Beads of Courage program dies, their parents are given a glass butterfly to complete their child's string of beads.  To date. most of the butterflies lampworkers have made are sculptural and as such tend to be rather fragile.  This design of Robert's is sturdier and can also be worn by the parent alone as a pendant.

   

 

 In this photo, the base bead is being made.  Clear glass is encased in white glass.  The clear underlayer makes the bead stiffer and easier to decorate.

 

 

The bead is dipped into colored enamel powder and then the bead is flattened to form a tab.  The enamels give an impressionistic background for the butterfly to be applied next.

 

White enamel powder is added to one side of the bead and melted in.  The warmed bead is  placed over the precut copper leaf butterfly to attach it to the bead.  The reaction between the flame, the copper, and the white enamel produces various colors in the butterfly. To see the punch that is used to cut the butterfly, check out Robert's butterfly tutorial.

 

To finish the bead, flowers and leaves are drawn with stringer on the back and front of the bead. 

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When the bead comes out of the kiln, it is wire wrapped so it can be worn.

(Click here to see Robert Simmon's Wearable Butterfly Bead Tutorial)

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