Creating Dot Beads by Lorri Anderson 

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Step 1. After creating a base bead (refer to Base Bead Tutorial), take your Evil Dark Purple Stringer (refer to Making Stringer Tutorial)
Step 2.  Press it lightly into the surface of your bead at a right angle to the surface.
Step 3. Use the flame to burn through the stringer as you pull the stringer away. 
Step 4. Add four dots equidistant around the bead in the centre.
Step 5. Add a dot between the four dots. This helps create an even spacing.
Step 7. Pick a dot and place a dot to the right of it. Rotating the bead away from you add a dot to the right of all the centre dots. Keep the bead high in the flame to prevent the dots from melting.
Step 8. Pick a centre dot and now place a dot to the left of it. Rotating the bead away from you add a dot to the left of all the centre dots. Keep the bead high in the flame to prevent the dots from melting.

Once you have added all the dot you would like, lightly heat the stringer dots to ensure it adheres to the glass. The more you heat the glass the flatter the stringer will be on the bead until it is flush with the surface. Some people like their designs to sit above the bead. To achieve this heat, until the stringer has adhered to the bead only. 

Finish

As with your spacer bead, take the bead out of the heat once satisfied with the end result. Count to 5 and place the bead into your pot of vermiculite.

 September 2004     

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