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chendrick

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Hello,

I want to buy some graphite bead rollers to try and Devardi's prices fit my budget! Any suggestion of which shape (s) to try to learn on. I like the lentils and the rounds, but haven't tried them. 

I do have a graphite marble maker which has no mandrel whole and I struggle to get round ones. I can get a curved edge, but not a round shape so I think it is the lack of mandrel space. I hope so anyway LOL.[tongue] [rofl]

Also has anybody ordered the not so pretty seconds? If so how'd you like them and what did you get? Just curious as you don't get a choice in the selection.  I live in Las Vegas and life can be a gamble anyway, so I am also considering this option. [wave]

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!
Cheryl

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Hi Cheryl,

They have SO many now, it's hard to choose!

As you have found, without the mandrel slots it can be hard to get nice rounds on a marble mold.  I use my round shapes the most, so you may want to get a round shaper with the mandrel slots like this one.  This is what they say about it:

Two-Sided Graphite Round Bead Shaper. Now make perfectly round beads every time - This shaper has 1, 7/8, 3/4, 5/8 and 1/2 inch with a 4mm slot (for 3/32 or thinner mandrels).

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I would say, ask yourself what you want to accomplish.  Are you working on making the normal range of bead shapes?  If so, one of these two might be good for variety:

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or
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If you are feeling adventurous you can choose the neat shapes that call your name.  I have all the basic shapes, and then the more unusual ones for special focal creations.

Be sure to post what you make  [smile]

You can see all the marvers and rollers at:
http://www.devardiglass.com/Marvers.htm


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Thanks Kristina![wave]

I appreciate your input! I have been running a hothead on 1# Mapp Gas (yes it really is Mapp gas from a few years back) I had like 8 bottles of it from when I torched before, but I am converting to bulk propane for it tomorrow, Yea! Finally. I am waiting to buy the Devardi Spartan torch with all the connectors and hoses, but they are currently out of stock and Natasha isn't sure when they will get them in but they are on order, so I wait. In the meantime I will be buying some graphite marvers and probably some glass (awaiting the next incoming shipment...hopefully this week!). I appreciate your recommendations! I think I'm gonna go for the surprise 5 marvers and the round, though the lentil keeps tempting me. It is nice that Devardi makes things that are affordable for lampworkers, which definitely means I will support them. I love how creative Daniel is! I don't remember this company existing back when I originally started. Most of my work from then has a copper tube core in them. Which is interesting, but makes for a necklace to be pretty heavy...

Oh, have you tried any of their presses yet. I've never used a press before and wonder which might be good for starting out.  Once I get my stringer control back... I want to draw on beads as I am a fairly good artist, or so people tell me. LOL. [wink]  I was thinking something flat but at least 3/4 inch or so.

Thanks for you help!
Cheryl

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Bulk propane is much cheaper! Good on you to get it set up.

I have the Spartan and I love it.  It gives the option of a softer bushy flame setting like a Hothead, with the higher heat option like other mixed torches.

This is one of the Devardi presses I have, although this isn't my work.  It may be a shape you can draw on though.  There are so many, I would decide on the size you want, and then look through those shapes.

You can also shape a football of glass, and then gently press it into a thick oval to design on.  That's another neat option for design work on a nice flat surface.  Here's a pic of a pendant I made with a murrini rose in this shape.

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Hi Kristina!

Thanks for your recommendations and the advice on the oval idea too. I will try that. I look forward to purchasing the Spartan when all accessories are available! I can hardly wait! Nice job on the murrain rose bead. plus I like how you designed it with the loopy finding and necklace. I will post something when I get something finished!. Thanks for all your help!

Cheryl

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You sure are welcome!  Can't wait to see what you post  [wink]
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