Long Emerald Cut Tutorial
|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. For the faceted shapes you
will want your footprint to be about 1mm shy of the edges on both sides.
It is better to estimate smaller at first because you can always add
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 long, narrow barrel.
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 while steadying the tool against the back wall and left pole of the mold.|
If you want added sparkle, you might decide to leave the chill marks, especially with transparent beads. If not, fire polish away any chill marks on the surface and you have a beautiful faceted bead! If you like crisper edges, be sure to keep your flame on the faces of the bead, not the edges.
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