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Making a bead

I am fairly new at this and frustrated. I can not make 2 identical beads...I see jewelry(lampwork) where they have 8 identical beads in shape and size....is this just practice or does someone make a mold?

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practice... try doing two beads on one mandrel, but make sure to keep both warm...
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That's one of the hardest things to do, at least for me. I don't usually make big sets, but I do make accent beads to go with focals and I always make a "batch" and then pick the ones that are closest in size and shape. It takes a LOT of practice and patience...the two P's of lampwork.

However, if you'd like to help yourself along you might want to look into beadrollers. Personally I've never used one, but I've heard that they're very helpful for getting your beads matched in size. Take a look at this link

http://www.cgbeads.com/beads_donut.html
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I've heard of making notches with a file in the rod. Maybe every inch or so? Never tried it but I would imagine with the taffy effect you'd have to really watch what you're doing and do it the same on the next one.
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im having the save problem, does anyone have tips to make the right size near identical beads, im in really high altitudes, would that matter much ?
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If a beadroller isn't in the budget, try using a caliper. I use two when making most of my beads...I have one set for length and one for width. When I'm making little accent beads I just use one caliper for diameter. I live almost at sea-level so I can't speak to whether altitude makes a difference...only that I've never heard any mention it before.
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thanks crackedglass ill look into those tools you just mentioned
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maybe someone is interested in looking into my link too?!

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That's one of the hardest things to do, at least for me. I don't usually make big sets, but I do make accent beads to go with focals and I always make a "batch" and then pick the ones that are closest in size and shape. It takes a LOT of practice and patience...the two P's of lampwork.

However, if you'd like to help yourself along you might want to look into beadrollers. Personally I've never used one, but I've heard that they're very helpful for getting your beads matched in size. Take a look at this link

http://www.cgbeads.com/beads_donut.html
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