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Though I have used the word “tutorial” throughout, some of these items are more along the lines of a magazine article, as they include a detailed discussion of the topic, as well as instructions if appropriate.  Please see the individual descriptions for more information.

My tutorials   have a lot of pages but that does not mean the process is complicated.  If the tutorial is only suitable for those with experience,  I will say so. 

The page count includes the cover and index (if there is one) and I make a point of using large photos, and a lot of them.  Often, I will start a new page to avoid splitting a paragraph, or to keep the text and a related picture together.  All of this takes up quite a bit of space.  My tutorials for making a bead also include a page with the basic recipe to print and take to the torch, as well as several pages of variations on the theme.  Having said all of that, I make no apology for putting in a lot of detail.  I would rather explain things fully than leave out something that would help someone to understand the process.

The “prices” have been  kept low to make the tutorials affordable to as many people as possible. 

As well as the tutorials listed below, there are several  in the pipeline, and I have ideas for many more, so please check back often to see what has been added.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  There is a link to a contact form at the bottom of the page.

NB:  Suggested minimum donations are in Australian dollars.

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“scribbly beads”

step by step bead making tutorial

17 pages

59 photos 

12 variations of the bead shown

Hothead friendly

File size 1.9MB

The scribbly effect is created on the bead by adapting a well known technique.  As the pattern is totally random and cannot be predicted,  each bead will be unique.  Once the pattern is there, the bead can be shaped any way you like.   A larger size makes a beautiful focal bead, either left as it is or with surface decoration.  

Suitable for all beadmakers, including beginners with a small amount of experience.  The instructions are detailed, working with this tutorial is a good way  to learn a new technique.

Click below to see a larger image of the cover and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$12

“all wrapped up”

step by step craft tutorial

18 pages

80 photos & 4 diagrams

File size 1.76MB

Two simple ways of decorating a bead by wrapping it with jewellery wire a.k.a. artistic wire or beading wire.  The big advantage my method is that the wire wrapping is not supposed to be precise or symmetrical.  Even someone with absolutely no experience can achieve a good result first time around.  If make your own beads, this is an excellent way to elevate practice (or ugly) beads to something special and very sale-able. 

Suitable for all levels of craft experience.

Click below to see a larger image of the cover and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$10

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“salute to the sun”

step by step bead making tutorial

18 pages

39 photos & 1 diagram

11 variations of the bead shown

Hothead friendly

File size 1.36MB

The secret to success is the unusual way the frit is applied and getting the twists right – full instructions for both are given.  Suitable for all beadmakers comfortable making large-ish beads, from a beginner with a little experience to those with a high level of proficiency.  This tutorial provides instructions for making the bead with or without a press.  

Click below to see a larger image of the cover (including the bead) and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$12

“sliding knot necklace”

step by step craft tutorial

8 pages

22 photos & 7 diagrams

File size 1.44MB

This tutorial  is for anyone who wants to learn to make a simple necklace.   It gives instructions for  a necklace that typically adjusts from a choker to one that hangs about mid chest.  As long as the cord can fit through the hole or loop, the necklace can be made with any bead or pendant, either purchased or self made.  Though the tutorial shows a single bead, a pendant, multiple beads, or beads and a pendant, can be strung on the cord.  Suitable for all levels of craft experience.

Click below to see a larger image of the cover and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$5

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“sliding knot necklace”

step by step craft tutorial

8 pages

22 photos & 7 diagrams

File size 1.44MB

This tutorial  is for anyone who wants to learn  to make a simple necklace.   It gives instructions for making a necklace that typically adjusts from a choker to one that hangs about mid chest.  As long as the cord can fit through the hole or loop, the necklace can be made with any bead or pendant, either purchased or self made.  Though the tutorial shows a single bead, a pendant, multiple beads, or beads and a pendant, can be strung on the cord.  Suitable for all levels of craft experience.

Click below to see a larger image of the cover and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$5

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“annealing - why & how ”

detailed discussion & annealing schedules

23 pages

25 photos & 1 diagram

File size 1.15MB

This article provides information of interest to all lampworkers, regardless of experience.  In a simple, easy to understand way, I discuss the reasons beads crack, suggest how to avoid it, and then go on to explore the process of annealing.  An explanation of the all the steps needed, as well as temperatures to use, are included.  Things to consider when buying a kiln are discussed and schedules for both batch annealing, and working flame to kiln, are suggested.  Though COE 104 glass is used in the examples, the same principles apply to all types of glass. 

Click below to see the Table of Contents and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$15

“waste not, want not”

discussion & detailed instructions

10 pages

25 photos & 2 diagrams

Suitable for any torch

File size 1MB

As well as discussing the compelling reasons for eliminating “shorts” (leftover ends of rods), this tutorial explains my method of joining rods step by step.  My simple method was developed over many months of trial and error, working with the properties of glass rather than fighting them, to achieve consistent success.  Since I have been using it, join failures are a thing of the past and of course, there are no shorts cluttering up my workbench.  This tutorial will be of great benefit to lampworkers with all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to those with many years of making beads under their belts.  Included are five suggestions for alternative uses for short ends – and none of them have anything to do with making frit!

Click below to see a larger image of the cover and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$7

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“waste not, want not”

discussion & detailed instructions

10 pages

25 photos & 2 diagrams

Suitable for any torch

File size 1MB

As well as discussing the compelling reasons for eliminating “shorts” (leftover ends of rods), this tutorial explains my method of joining rods step by step.  My simple method was developed over many months of trial and error, working with the properties of glass rather than fighting them, to achieve consistent success.  Since I have been using it, join failures are a thing of the past and of course, there are no shorts cluttering up my workbench.  This tutorial will be of great benefit to lampworkers with all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to those with many years of making beads under their belts.  Included are five suggestions for alternative uses for short ends – and none of them have anything to do with making frit!

Click below to see a larger image of the cover and a sample page. 

suggested minimum donation AU$7

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If you would like to be informed when new items becomes available, please email me using the form on the “contact me” page.

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"adventures with mosaic green"

(and surprisingly , mosaic blue)

I have made some very interesting discoveries, in the case of mosaic blue, totally accidentally.  All will be revealed and thoroughly explained  in the tutorial.