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Old 2015-01-13, 9:30pm
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I got a beginners kit from flameworks for Christmas. I already need to jump up, as I'm feeling very frustrated. (I have worked with a little smith torch for years on jewelry). I guess my biggest problem at this point, is having some basic instruction. I live in the Los Angeles ares, but can not seem to find anywhere to take classes. Is there a book that explains all the differences between the glasses, reduction, vitrification, striking, annealing temperatures, etc. I am dying to learn!

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Old 2015-01-13, 9:38pm
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There are some really good books out there, among them:
Passing the Flame ~ Corina Tettinger
Making Glass Beads ~ Cindy Jenkins
and others. Your library may have some books, or be able to get them with an interlibrary loan.
I'm sure others can mention more.

There is also a wealth of information on this site. Check out the tips and questions area, or do a search on the subject you want to know about. Use the * as a wild card if there are not at least 4 letters in a word you need to search, and use more than one word to narrow the results down a bit. Also once you click a link, if it's a long thread you can the "search this thread" button to take you to the post(s) that mention your search term if you want.
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Old 2015-01-14, 10:23am
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MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GLASS BEADMAKING

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Old 2015-01-14, 10:25am
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Contemporary Lampworking by Bandu is sometimes referred to as the "Glassworkers Bible". I find it to be the most comprehensive reference book for every one of your question areas.
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Old 2015-01-14, 10:32am
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Check out The Mandrel in Long Beach... good classes, give em a call!

At the very beginning it's so much easier to learn when you can see the demo and then do question/answer. Welcome to the fun stuff, toots!

http://www.themandrel.com/

Updated to add: And there's a great beading group in your area, a local chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Here's the info:

So Cal Flame Surfers
The So-Cal Flame Surfers first meeting of the year is on March 7, 2015 10am – 1pm. The bead exchange theme will be Flowers, or Spring Holiday Themed Beads More info to follow. See their website at: http://www.socalflamesurfers.org for more information.

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Old 2015-01-14, 7:35pm
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^^ THIS ^^

I tried to learn from books and a video but the info didn't stick until I took a class, nothing like seeing it in person and being able to ask questions.
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Old 2015-01-15, 9:09am
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Also, do a search on You Tube for Lampwork Tutorials. There are many available.
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Old 2015-01-15, 5:14pm
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I learned from YouTube and the Cindy Jenkins book. Didn't take my first class until I'd been at it for more than a year and a half. Learning curve would have been a lot easier with a class, but I think in some ways I'd've been more frustrated, because I couldn't afford to move up to a Big Kid torch until I'd been at it almost 2 years.

DO spend the 30-something dollars to replace the fireworks torch with a Hothead. You won't be sorry.
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Old 2015-01-15, 9:48pm
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Thank you! I am soo over the flameworks torch already! I'm buying a big girl torch tomorrow to go with what the air gas guy calls my "Barbie Torch" set up. (Little smith). Ha! I'll show him! I've been on you tube ad nausieum, and got a couple of the recommended books. I guess I will just sit down on Saturday with a melt marathon. I'll post my pathetic little glass mistakes as soon as I have something to show. Hopefully, it won't be several years.

Thank you, VERY much again! for the help! I'll take all of the hints you have!
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Old 2015-01-15, 10:33pm
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Also... What are all of the companies that make this stuff.. Vitrified, lauscha, moretti, devardi, double helix, etc.. Any chart that breaks down the big differences, as I'm confused again.. Thank you!
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Old 2015-01-16, 4:11am
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Mostly it comes down to available colors. Moretti is fairly inexpensive, Double Helix, I think, is mostly silver glass so it's more expensive. I went to the darkside before I started playing with expensive 104 colors.
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Old 2015-01-16, 3:37pm
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Thanks for the referral Sharon! I met Danielle today... tried to answer her questions. She's upgraded to a Nortel Minor from her "Barbie" torch.
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Old 2015-01-16, 6:12pm
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It was definitely worth the long drive to go to "The Mandrel"! Donna was generous with her knowledge and time. The studio was very well stocked, and after some practice with my new torch, that she hooked me up with, (THANK YOU!), I am going to schedule a couple of classes. Thank you, Sharon.. I have a better sense of direction now!!
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Old 2015-01-16, 7:36pm
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Donna is a sweetheart! You will learn so much from her.
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Old 2015-01-16, 9:44pm
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I"m so glad, you couldn't do better.

Now we have to get you to the Gathering in Albuquerque!
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I"m so glad, you couldn't do better.

Now we have to get you to the Gathering in Albuquerque!
Glass Stock in Eugene is close too.
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Old 2015-01-17, 2:57pm
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Awww! Thank you... that's super sweet of you to say.

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It was great to meet you Danielle... you're welcome to come over any time. Just send me a text.

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Old 2015-01-17, 9:48pm
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Thank you, very much again, Donna. Very fun day! You are the best!

Sharon.......Albuquerque???? Whaaaat?
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Old 2015-01-17, 10:00pm
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Heh heh... here ya go!

http://www.isgb.org/gathering.html
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