Tools needed: Zoozii straight-sided lentil press, tweezers, marver or magic wand, 3/32" mandrel
Note: Mandrel size does matter in this tutorial. In order for the kids to be able to string the bead on their necklace, the hole needs to be large enough. Since most necklaces are made using thicker cord, a 3/32" mandrel is needed.
Note: Remember to flash your bead in the flame from time to time, to avoid cracking or the face additions from popping off!
This is what the Zoozii press looks like. You do NOT have to have a press - you can make this bead free-form, too! You can flatten it with a marver or magic wand on your graphite pad, too.
This photo shows the black glass still very hot, which is why it looks red!
Fire polish your lentil bead so it is nice and shiny with no press marks!
Below you can see some other variations - use a murrini for an eye, or both! Use different colors, make the mouth different, whatever you want! I'd love to see what you come up with!
On November 15th, the benefit auction portion of the charm swap Jen Cameron hosted will begin. 100% of the amount bid will go to Beads of Courage. Save your pennies, bid high and bid often. These little art charms will make perfect gifts.