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First Jellyfish bead by fairyfrog First Jellyfish bead by fairyfrog
First attempt on that jellyfish bead, based on a tutorial design by Mary Lockwood.


Effetre/moretti glass, made on a hothead. Diameter of the bead ca 1 inch. Balanced so the little jellyfish swim upwards when hanging on a necklace cord.
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CarolPullTheTrigger Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
o: This is fantastic. I want some of these Haha (:
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CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely
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Tecniasta Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely epic :iconiloveyouplz:!
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ForgottenTrack Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Ooh this is one of those beads that just need to be constantly touched and looked at. Mesmerising.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :D
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K-Kreations Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is so cool! great job
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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CrystalizedFantasies Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is awesome. it will look sooo nice on a ocean themed necklace.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
*nods* some shells and some blue and green beads..
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CrystalizedFantasies Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ooh yeah and maybe a bit of coral shaped swarovski beads too.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:nod:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Awesome!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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purplekittykatgal Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is soo cool! is glassworking hard to learn?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I started out with buying a book, some basic equipment and just went to town.
I do have a knack for learning by reading and then doing, as well. I would reccomend you to do what I did only if you have experience and a safety understanding when it comes to connecting your own propane systems as well as making sure you read -everything- you can find on the technique before starting to play around with 800-degrees-celsius molten glass.

Learning the basics is easy. It is mastering it that will take a lifetime. ;)
I have been at this for less than a year, but do have many other craft techniques under my belt.

The basic equipment cost about as much as taking a basic weekend class in the subject, and since I am a jeweller/goldsmith I figured I would get more out of it by spending those money on the tools instead. of course, many of my goldsmiths' tools could be used for glassmaking as well so i had a head start. (Owning propane tanks, for instance).
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purplekittykatgal Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow, ive never really metal worked before...
which would u say is more difficult to pick up? metal work or glass work?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's hard for me to say, really.
I would say though that since metalwork is a bit more versatile in what kind of items you can create, it takes a lot more tools and technique, and it is slower in getting a resuult than glasswork. However, the items are built to last and won't break if you drop them on the floor...

For my glasswork I need a burner, protective glasses, mandrels, bead release, glass rods and vermiculite for cooling and preferrably a kiln for annealing them.

For jewelsmithing, I need a saw, drill, sheet metal, solder, burner, solder board, files, various pliers, acid bath, solder liquid, hammers, a small anvil, polishing machine with various wax'es and whatnots.. the list is endless and the various thing you can do got very specialized tools.

If you just want to make a simple pendant you need some sheet metal and a drill. You drill a hole in the sheet and put it on a cord.. so it all boils down to what level you plan to take things. There are hundreds of special tools for glassmaking as well...

I'd recommend taking a look around to see if anyone is holding classes in silversmithing or lampwork, and if you could, try both. It is very different.

I always wanted to become a glass blower and the versatile ways of the glass amaze me, but I think it's the novelty as well making me favor that material for now.
..And the price. For every 100grams of silver, I could've bought twenty bundles of glass rods (five kilo)...
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purplekittykatgal Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thats another thing that it boils down to, at least for now.....price. Im just starting college, so im really trying to keep on top of payments and the like... so glassworks affordabliliy alone would make it a better fit for the moment

i really would love to take classes!! but as I said already, kinda keeping a tigher fist on my money for now, trying to prioritize!!

i love versatile materials, especially when u can use them in ways that other people wouldnt think of
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is a lot easier setting up a miniature lampwork station in an apartment than a miniature goldsmith one, in my opinion. I tried both. ;)
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purplekittykatgal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol id imagine!!
my dad knows a little bit about metalworking, but only from a practical, construction type perspective. He said that hed teach me how to solder (sp), so thats a few ideas I can work on without a huge goldsmith station XD
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! Being able to solder widens your ability to create with several levels!
learn how to handle the varieties of silver solder!

Then I'd recommend you to get (part from silver, silver solder, flux, torch and a surface), a sawing board, a jewellers' saw, blades in at least two sizes and some tiny jewellers' files. (The smallest set in hardware stores usually work fine).
A rubber mallet and one of the most important tools, at least for making rings; a ring mandrel.
That will take you a long way. Get a book of basic techniques, like [link] this one...

I would, however, try taking a weekend course first no matter what. It's easy to get the wrong idea or making things exceedingly difficult when learning by text.
Usually you get to make a little pendant or a ring and it's a good investment to see if you really want to do this. Even a few tools easily dig holes in your budget.
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jemisard Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Writer
This is absolutely darling.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! Also: I love your kitteh-avatar!
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Of-Saphire-Flames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful! where can i find the tutorial???
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Here it is!

[link]
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Of-Saphire-Flames Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Tonnie89 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
My god, you're so creative.. :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug: Thank you!
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Antu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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TwinflowerDesign Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Artisan Crafter
So cool! It's like a mini-aquarium :]
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I want to make a bead with sand and algae and stuff in it. Perhaps the odd starfish, and more jellyfish! :D
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PrimaGaren Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love!!!! i so want one! i love jellyfishies!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww.. thank you! :hug:
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Sukeile Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Du skulle kunna göra ett helt hav med pärlor! Ett hav fyllt av Maneter och Tentakler! :excited:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Jaaa..! Jag fick lite hubris och försökte göra en, men det är lite olika saker jag måste reda ut först. Men det kommer - små akvarier! ;D
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Sukeile Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Brilliant! :dance:
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white-licorne Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
awesome, as usual n_n
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! :D
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white-licorne Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
you're welcome :D
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thetypofairy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
That's amazing.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:bow:
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AnimaTigris Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMIGOSH! pleeease make some of these to put on etsy its awesome! lol
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am planning to. This first one was joinked by the second person I showed it to (Yay) - a dear friend of mine who wanted it as a gift for a 40'th birthday! ;)
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This is wonderful, Sarah! It looks so real.
It looks like you really enjoy glass too.

Keep them coming!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww.. thank you! I love making these and I treasure every moment before the torch.

Nice new avatar btw!
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QuazarShark Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Whoa, so cool! I had no idea that could be done, it looks super!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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LDOTT Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome. I love it!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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