Floral Glass Jewellery Making
"Bling" is an essential part of floral glass jewellery making and if you are interested, in the least bit, in bringing a bit of sparkle into your life, then you can find a lot of happiness in glass lamp-work or when using zirconia crystals or glass beads. Finding the right balance of bling and beauty is the most important thing when it comes to floral glass jewellery making. These are some of the most incredible pieces that you can create as part of your hobby and are also quite popular amongst people of all ages.
Here is a great project on floral glass jewellery making that you can get started with.
Floral Glass Jewellery Making Project
Cubic zirconia is one of the main ingredients that can make any glass bead design stand out. In glass jewellery making, the introduction of this simple material has become one of the most important additions to the industry. To start making this floral glass jewellery, you need to gather some basic elements with you and put them together in the following way.
First you take your mandrels and place a little bit of water-soluble glue on one end. These are going to help you prepare your zirconia cubes. Let the glue on these mandrels dry out and for that, you can just put them in a container, with sand at the bottom, so that they don't move around too much and stick out of the stand - completely straight.
Then comes the part where you need to start making the vine cane. What you need to do is gather some Effetre Pea Green glass at the end of one of the mandrels, use the marver (a glass blowing tool) to shape it into a 14 mm barrel, approximately. Don't put the bead release, yet, on the mandrel.
Then, take some thicker Reichenbach or Effetre glass in a thicker stringer, and apply a few stripes, maybe three or four, along the line of the mandrel. As the stripes start melting in, just try to keep the vine cane encased so that the darker shade of the thicker string doesn't spread or bleed.
Take some clear glass from one end to the other and encase the entire gather - put some pressure when pressing the clear class wrap around the other - this will bring out any air bubbles that might be stuck under it. Keep melting the clear glass until it is completely smooth, over the inner layer.
Then, you start heating the end where the glass has been gathered, but taking care not to heat the entire gather. Take a pair of tweezers and start pulling the tip of the gather. You can even add a little twist to it as you pull it out. Any kind of vine-cane has to be thin so pull the gather hard enough to make it thin.
Usually, the vine cane is about 2mm thick only, and after you have the length you need, you can just burn it off at the end and start with another pull. After you make the last pull, just put the remaining glass into water and it will fall off the mandrel, allowing you use of the same mandrel again.
Every vine-cane has a slightly weird end so before you can start using it, you will have to break or cut off the end to make it completely straight. If you want, just don't add the twists in until you get a better hang of making these vine canes, or make it with a smaller gather.
Getting onto the flower-bit, now, put a teal-coloured rugby-ball shaped bead on which the vine and flowers will come, so it doesn't need to be too large. Wind that bead onto lentil trio and the width of the lentil trio will decide the width of the centre cavity.
Then, you apply the vine cane to your base bead. Try winding it around in a wavy pattern that will wrap around the bead and try to end it where it started. Then, just melt it in!
Add in dots of white, four or five times all over the bead, giving each enough space around to add more dots to the entire petal. This time, however, you can add thicker dots and space them evenly to create the petals. Melt all these dots in!
Place some blue dots over these white dots, but make sure they are smaller so that the white is also visible around it. Melt the blue in so that the whites are visible on the sides as well.
Finally, heat the entire bead evenly and press it gently onto a straight-sided lentil press. Heat it again to remove the chill marks on the bead.
Finally, add some zirconia, which was attached to the back of the mandrel, to the centre of each flower and heat it. The mandrel will break off after the glue heats off and every flower will get its own zirconium centre.
Floral glass jewellery making projects are some of the most exciting and beautiful projects you can work on. Pick your colours well, follow these instructions and you are well on your way to making glass jewellery-making history!