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Old 2010-07-21, 7:28pm
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This one will come without photos because I want you to play with your glass!

You need:

1 rod of Black
1 sheet of silver foil (I cut mine into strips about 10mm wide, 1 strip per bead)
1 rod of DoubleHelix Ekho
1 rod of Clear (your choice) - I use Lauscha Soft Clear


1) Make a base bead of Black.

2) Wrap the bead in silver foil. Burn off the foil at the edges of the base bead but leave it intact as much as possible on the rest of the bead.

3) Use Double Helix Ekho and wrap it around the base bead in a random pattern twice. Leave some silver showing! The trick with the Ekho is to let the tip of the glass go completely clear before you make your swipe. This creates the intense fire color you need over your silver. So let the tip go clear, then swipe the right side. Let the tip go clear, then swipe the left side.

4) Keep the edges of the bead warm (at the mandrel) while melting your choice of Clear glass then encase the entire bead with your favorite method.

5) From here shape as desired.

Voila! You now have a Fire Opal!







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Old 2010-07-21, 7:34pm
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Amber those are beautiful !! Thanks for sharing the tut
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:36pm
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Amber, that is such an awesome thing to do....great tutorial and so very generous of you to share your beautiful technique!

Thanks so much...
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:36pm
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Amber you are the best! Can I ask what your Ekho looks like? Mine is a streaky brown translucent rod, I'm wondering if mine's marker wrong. I love those beads I'll try them once the weather cools.
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Amber, you rock! I'm going to go light up my torch and make some fire opals right now!!

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Old 2010-07-21, 7:38pm
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My Ekho can be different colors. I've had dark Brown rods and light Khaki rods. They are opaque on the outside and have sort of rootbeer transparent center though. All of the rods create the same look for me.
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Wow, I love these beads, thank you so much! I can't wait to see if I can make some .

How very very generous of you to do this for free!
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:43pm
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Thanks Amber for the sharing your tutorial!

I love your fire opal beads!
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:45pm
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Wow! What a great tut. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:50pm
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Thank you so much Amber! I can't wait to try this!
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:52pm
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Thanks for the wonderful tip of swiping the bead when the Ekho is clear. That was my major problem.

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Old 2010-07-21, 7:54pm
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Very kind of you! I'm going to try it!
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:55pm
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Sara , you'll find you get much better color from the Ekho in all applications if you let it go clear before applying.
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Very pretty and generous of you to share your technique. Too bad I don't have any Ekho. At least I don't think I do. I may have a sample rod around to try out.
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Old 2010-07-21, 7:57pm
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Old 2010-07-21, 8:00pm
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Oh, cool beads, nice tutorial! Thank you, Amber! I don't have Ekho; wonder what would happen with Clio? Pink opals?
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Old 2010-07-21, 8:01pm
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Thanks, Amber. That's very sweet of you.
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Old 2010-07-21, 8:02pm
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It does work with Clio, too!
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A-ha! Clio it will be! (I've yet to melt a rod of the little stash I bought, so this could be it's maiden voyage.)
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Old 2010-07-21, 8:11pm
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Old 2010-07-21, 8:12pm
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A-ha! Clio it will be! (I've yet to melt a rod of the little stash I bought, so this could be it's maiden voyage.)
Clio can be a little tricky since it can go opaque fast but I found it to be the same principle. Get the tip to go clear then swipe lightly. Keep it out of the flame before you encase.
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You're WONDERFUL!!! I've admired these beads of yours for quite some time! They're gorgeous...and interestingly, my birthstone (Oct.) is Opal. I've never really embraced it because it is so terribly fragile over time, so I'm thinking I HAVE TO TRY THIS and see how I do.

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Clio can be a little tricky since it can go opaque fast but I found it to be the same principle. Get the tip to go clear then swipe lightly. Keep it out of the flame before you encase.
Ah, yes, and stick your tongue out at the right angle, squint your eyes just right, & only breathe shallowly through one nostril. Ok, gotcha.
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Old 2010-07-21, 8:19pm
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Ah, yes, and stick your tongue out at the right angle, squint your eyes just right, & only breathe shallowly through one nostril. Ok, gotcha.
OMG< I've been doing it all wrong. I stick the mandrel in my left ear (not the hot bead side of course), I twirl around in a circle once, and then hop on one leg three times.
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Thanks so much for sharing this, Amber!
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You're WONDERFUL!!! I've admired these beads of yours for quite some time! They're gorgeous...and interestingly, my birthstone (Oct.) is Opal. I've never really embraced it because it is so terribly fragile over time, so I'm thinking I HAVE TO TRY THIS and see how I do.

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If it doesn't work my way, then I'll try yours!
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