Win Donna's Newest CG Beadroller: Heather's Dolls

I'm honored to have my name associated with Donna's newest beadroller.  She is such a creative, talented tool designer and friend.  I have posted many times about her quality tools.  They allow flameworkers to shave minutes off of their creations, insure reliable duplicate sizing and a smooth finish.  Good luck to everyone who enters!
Enter via Donna's FB:  CLICK HERE

Kimono Bead


Bowling League 

Santa Baby

Ode to Peaches

 Could never be as adorable as the real thing, but the little bead is a close second. 
We sure do love this little girl!

December Giveaway: Baby it's Cold Outside

Congratulations to Ellen S. who entered via FB post.  Warm wishes to all of the forty-four people who entered by posting their temp on FB or the blog.  Not bad odds for a drawing.  Enjoy!

Minion Set

A fun set I pieced together this weekend featuring Stewart.  Love the little banana!

Handle with Care

Welcome to Paradise No.2

There are a few things in life which cause me great anxiety, shipping beads is one of them.  I worry that they will be lost in transit or damaged.  I have had the "pleasure" of tracking down lost beads before, it was a pain in the patootie.  Granted, there are much bigger things in life to worry about, however I still worry and fret until they arrive safely to their new home.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could place the same instructional stamp on our children before sending them out the door?

Drift N Blue

I love to see friends branch out and take their art to another level.  Check out Terr's enameled metalwork on her new blog:  driftnbleu
Photography and Jewelry Design by TerrA
Here is a link to her Etsy shop: 

Make a Minion Challenge - Free Tutorial

What kiddo wouldn't want a minion?  
This free tutorial comes with a personal challenge from me to you.  Instead of spending $ on a minion tutorial, save your money to cover the cost of shipping/postage.  All I ask is for you to create at least 1 silly minion to donate to Beads of Courage.  Pretty fair huh?  Let's fire up the torches!

US Bead Donations:
3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Suite J
Attn:  Bead Donations
Tucson, AZ  85716

Canadian Bead Donations:
PO Box 71142
Silver Springs RPO
Calgary, Alberta  T3B 5K2

Free Minion Tutorial

·       Start by creating a bright yellow lentil shaped bead from Effetre 404.  (A 25mm slim, straight side Zoozii press was used to shape the bead pictured above.  A 20mm lentil would also work great, just remember to adjust the dots & stringer proportions to fit the smaller size glass canvas.)

·       Add a 5mm dot of transparent black (Effetre 064) for the mouth.

·       Using a graphite marver or smooth stainless steel paddle tool, flatten the dot of black glass onto the surface of the lentil. 

·       Gently heat the flattened dot until the raised edges melt smoothly into the bead’s surface.

·       Using a 2mm stringer of yellow (Effetre 404), create masking layers or overlapping lines of stringer work to cover the top half of the black dot. 

·       Use the smooth, flat edge of a shaping tool to gently press the masked layers onto the bead’s surface.

·       Gently heat the stringer work until the mask effect melts smoothly into the surface of the face.

·       Using a 3mm stringer of transparent black (Effetre 064), draw the minion’s headband.  The stringer work should start and stop in the spot which will later be covered by the goggle’s lens, thus hiding any messy connection points.  Note:  The stringer will wrap around the head and end at the starting point.

·       Gently heat the headband and allow the raised stringer work to slowly melt into the lentil.  This step will take a few minutes.  Be patient in heating the headband, rushing will only cause the bead to lose the crisp lentil shape.

·       Using a dark gray (Effetre 252), add a pea sized gather of glass in the center of the black headband. 

·       Gently flatten the gather of gray glass into a 10mm dot.  Note:  The dot will remain slightly raised from the surface of the lentil (approx. 1mm raised relief).

·       Using a small gather of pastel white (Effetre 204), add a dot which will become the minion’s eyeball. 

·       Gently flatten the gather of white glass into a 8mm dot.

·       Carefully focus heat on the white eyeball and allow the glass to dome into a lens shape.   The dome will be approximately 2mm tall.

·       To create the color portion of the minion’s eye, add a small dot of brown (Effetre 444) in the center of the white lens. 

·       Using a flat paddle tool, gently press the brown glass into a 3mm iris.  Heat gently to allow the iris detail to melt onto the dome lens. 

·       Use a 1mm dot of transparent black (Effetre 064) to create a pupil in the center of the minion’s eyeball.  Gently heat and allow the black glass to melt into the dome’s surface.

·       Add 2 super-mini white dots to create the look of a gleam or reflection on the eyeball.  A few passes threw the flame will allow the mini dots ample heat to melt into the lens’ surface.  Add 1 hinge to each side of the goggle lens using a 2mm stringer of gray glass.  Heat gently and shape.  Flame polish then off to the kiln for annealing.

·       The sketch design is drawn in an east to west mandrel orientation, however the versatile design works perfectly with the mandrel intersecting the bead north to south.  The bead doesn't have to be a lentil, a round would be great too.  Just give it a good roll through a CG Beadroller.  
Have fun with it!

·       The same design concept can be applied to an “evil minion” with the following color substitutions:

Face:  Swap out the yellow color for CiM Evil Queen

Iris:  Switch out the brown for CiM Grumpy Bear or CiM Evil Queen

Mouth:  Add a few misplaced mini dots of Effetre White 204 to create teeth

Hair:  Use some twisted cane made with CiM Evil Queen and CiM Grumpy Bear to create the messy hair.


This tutorial is meant for intermediate to advanced lampworkers with working experience at the torch. The information is easier to execute if you have previous knowledge of glass.  As always, follow all basic safety precautions AND always use safety glasses AND proper ventilation.  Your personal safety is your responsibility.