Worst Beadmaker! Tip #5

It’s not a one shot deal!  Don’t be afraid to press more than once.  The glass is cooling as you are pressing.

Does your shape lack glass somewhere? Sometimes there is enough glass but it cooled too quickly to fill out the cavity.  If you reheat the glass to the point that it’s pliable but not to the point it loses its shape, you can often repress and move the glass to the edge of the press.  Try this before you add any glass!

A well crafted press, with tapered guide pins, makes this step super easy!

Design Tip:  If you want to make decorations on the surface of the glass that are not left raised, then make your pressed bead, a little smaller than you need. When you press, there will be areas that don’t fill in.  Remember Tip #4, which was to keep glass centered?  You can use physics to your advantage here!  If you put decorations on the surface of the glass, it’s the same as adding glass to the surface.  Once you evenly heat the glass, and press, it will fill the shape, while it flattens the surface decorations making a smooth surface!

Worst Beadmaker! Tip #4

Stay inside the lines! We talked yesterday, in Tip #3, about keeping the glass in the center of the cavity.  This doesn’t just apply to the initial press, it also applies if you need to tweak the glass to get the right amount in the cavity, when the first press doesn’t create the perfect pressed bead!

When adding, or removing glass, remove from the center of the shape, even though the area of lack, or excess, will probably be along the outer edge.  Trying to add or remove glass from the outer edge usually creates a situation where the glass is placed out beyond the edge of the cavity, which makes recovering from the issue difficult.  Add or remove glass from the middle of the shape to keep the glass inside the press edges.

We have some great video tutorials on our Zooziis YouTube channel, which can give you a visual for some of our presses, with more tutorials being added regularly.

Come back Monday for Tip #5!

Worst Beadmaker! Tip #3

Physics, you can’t beat it! join it!  You want to your pre-press glass gather to work with the physics of the press.  The press is going to push the glass down and out in the cavity, so you want to give it room to move by keeping the glass towards the center of the press.

In our last tip, I suggested making the ends 1mm more narrow than the press is wide. This is to allow for physics to work in your favor.  Keep the glass centered in the cavity, and let the press harness the power of physics for a perfectly pressed bead!

Take a moment to look at the shape you are using.  Where is the glass located?  More in the middle than the edges?  Corners?  Round?  You want your pre-press shape to mimic the finished shape, with the glass concentrated in the center of the press.  If you are pressing a round shape, even if it’s flatter or lower profile you want a roundish pre-press shape.  If  you are pressing a square, you want a tube so it’s starting out in a squarish shape.

Tomorrow I’ll share tips for keeping the glass centered when adding or removing glass!

We have some great video tutorials on our Zooziis YouTube channel, which can give you a visual for some of our presses, in use, with more tutorials being added regularly.

Happy pressing!  Have fun!

Worst Beadmaker! Tip #2

Great ends, start in the beginning!  When creating you pre-press shape you want to create nice bead ends.  Those ends will become the ends of the finished shape, even in a press cavity.  Create a nice base and your bead is going to look more finished, and have a nice crisp edge.

A great way to do this, is to make little donut beads onthe mandrel spaced where the ends of the press are, minus 1mm.  The extra space gives room for the glass to move. Then you will add your glass between the little donut beads.  If the donut beads are well formed they will create nice pressed bead ends!Tip-#2-Happy-Ending

We have some great video tutorials on our Zooziis YouTube channel, which can give you a visual for some of our presses, in use, with more tutorials being added regularly.

If you are in the mood for a couple new presses, you can also enjoy our 20% discount, all the details can be found on a previous blog post.

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Worst beadmaker! Tip#1

Have you ever struggled to make pressed beads come out the way you want them too? I’d like to share my tips for making fabulous pressed beads!

Our first tip is about focus and how it can help!

Pick a shape and stick with it!  Many times when someone is unsuccessful during the first few tries with a press, they will move to a different shape, Don’t Do It!!  Working with one shape, and one size of that shape, even, helps build muscle memory.  The more you practice the more adept you become at judging the amount of glass, the best pre-press shape for that cavity and how to work with your tool.  Once you get the hang of it, you can fluidly move between presses and cavities, because your muscle memory has lasting power!

We have some great video tutorials on our Zooziis YouTube channel, which can give you a visual for some of our presses, in use, with more tutorials being added regularly.

If you are in the mood for a couple new presses, you can also enjoy our 20% discount, all the details can be found on a previous blog post.

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Final Sale!!

We are offering 20% off all presses for orders of $90.00 or more (that is $90.00 in presses… 2 or more), until 9/2 at midnight!  The sale is for our presses, only.  You can add other items to maximize your shipping costs, at the regular price (and those extra goodies do not satisfy the $90.00 minimum).

This is the last site wide sale of the year.  We will offer discounts on presses when we release their video tutorials, but if you have been wanting to stock up, I’m giving you the inside scoop, that now is the time!!  Have you seen our Fabulous Video Tutorials? Head over to our Zooziis YouTube channel!

If you place a qualifying order for $90.00 or more during our sale you will be added into our Free $100 Shopping Fun drawing!  The $100 is valid for 1 year from the date of issue and can be redeemed on all our presses!  You don’t have to do anything to be entered, we will do that for your automatically!

To receive your 20% discount simply use the code: Summer20

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Video Tutorial: Crystal

Have you seen the most recent video tutorial on our YouTube Channel?  Have you liked our channel so you are updated when new videos are uploaded?

I love this wonderful tutorial by Shelia Davis using the ZooziiCrystal press!

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