It arrived this morning and I have been playing about with the different shapes and trying to figure out the best way to add glass the make them work for me. Here is a quick how to guide of what I have come up with so far, Cookie Cutter, Square and Heart, part 2 to follow soon.
First a few notes on working with mica, wear a dust mask when handling and using mica in the same way you would when working with enamels and frits. Never use a shaker to apply the mica to your beads as this will cause the fine particles to become air born and never dip a hot bead in to a plastic container. A little mica goes a long way so pick up just a very small amount on a tea spoon to apply it.
This is what the square cavity looks like, in this pic you can also see the twistie cane that I used in the previous bead to make the leaves.
Step 1 Wrap your mandrel and roll out the glass on a graphite paddle to just short of the width of the cavity (I find it easier to do this against the handle part rather than the base part)
Gorgeous Grapefruit murrini
I hope you have enjoyed these mini tuts on how I have been using my new press today and the fun ideas for chocolate decorations!
Frit N Chips lampwork supplies and Kitzbitz Art Beads