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|Lay down your initial footprint and check the size by either bringing
the mandrel down to the base of the tool for reference, or the handle
portion of the tool up under your mandrel. It is better to estimate smaller
at first because you can always add more to the footprint. Once it's
on, you cannot take it off.
|If you've followed our tip about determining
much glass you need for the cavity, you will know about how much
glass to wind onto your mandrel. The picture shows the suggested shape
It is the shape of a plump olive pit. Don't worry about the pointy ends,
as long as they
Do not press when soupy and fully molten. Wait until your glass starts to slightly 'form a skin' (don't wait too long or you won't be able to press). Allow your glass to begin to settle into the bottom of the tool so it doesn't slide around too much when you begin to press.
|While centered over the cavity as
shown above, press straight down
tool against the back wall and left pole of the mold.
The pressing motion will take care of the pointy ends. Firepolish away any chill marks on the surface and you have a beautiful lentil! If you like crisper edges, be sure to keep your flame on the faces of the bead, not the edges.
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