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Juniper
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« on: December 03, 2007, 11:37:43 AM »

Here it is at last:

1. Pick the colour you plan to make the elephant and make a cone of about 3-4 cm (Editted: I Measured one of my elephants, it was 2,8 cm high, so I would go for 3 cm). I prefer making it thin side towards the end of the mandrel, so its easier to add detail to it.

2. Heat the thicker part of the cone from about 1/3 of it's height. The bead should look a bit like a pear. Ad one round of glass to the thin end and melt it down. You can let the body droop a litle from two opposite sides.

3. Make a big blob on the rod you want to make the head from. (I make mine about the size of the tip of my forefinger) Attatch the blob to the bead (on one of the drooped ends) and let it cool down a bit. Pull the rod off and leave a long "trunk" hanging from the blob. (Don't let the trunk melt in, because it won't be easy to pull it back!)

4. Separate the legs with razorblade. Add the tail (I use a rod - not a stringer - of some other colour than the colour of the body).

5. Add blobs of glass on the sides of the head (You can stack two or more colours if you like). Nip them with tweezers. With the last nips turn the ears backwards. Don't make them too thin, or they will beak. Heat he rims of the ears a bit, so they will get rounder and more earlike.
Make eyes with white and black and tusks with ivory. Leave tusks sticking out a bit. It will be aesier to make the tusks with a rod. -While you make the details DON'T LET THE REST OF THE BEAD COOL DOWN!

6. Heat the trunk gently and turn it up (for good luck) with txeezers and form into S-shape.
Add the feet (little bolbs) and the toes (if you want). It's again easiest to make the toes with a rod, just touching the feet and then pulling it off, leaving little spots of glass.

7. Have fun!

Try it out and let me know if I've forgotten something.

-Paula-
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007, 11:47:24 AM »

Ooh, ooh, ooh! I have been looking forward to this! Right, got to give it a go now. Thankyou so much!
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007, 11:49:26 AM »

Ooooh Paula that's fab...thanks for posting the instructions Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 11:56:16 AM »

Oh, and this is what mine look like:



I would love to see what you come up with.


-Paula-
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007, 12:16:35 PM »

How cute! Mine may take some time to actually resemble an elephant but I shall try my best!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007, 12:32:33 PM »

They're fantastic! It'll be a while before I get to play again, but putting it on my 'to try' list!!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2007, 01:45:28 PM »

I can't wait to see what everyone makes  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007, 02:35:16 PM »

OMG, they're fantastic!!   Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2007, 04:07:23 PM »

OOoohhh... maybe I'll have a go... I've been madly swinging between either not even looking at my torch... or being stuck in a rut....

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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2009, 07:13:33 AM »

Time we had another herd of Elephants trooping through the forum I think! Wink  This is a lovely tutorial, time it was revived! Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2009, 07:35:53 AM »

thank you sam, I have not found this before it is lovely.
i will have to have a go, it will give my children something to laugh over.
perhaps after the cats we should do elephants!

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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2009, 06:34:53 AM »

thank you for this tutorial...my lil boy wanted me to make him a few animals......I tried this tut last night and for a newbie am really proud of the results....

here a pic from me...the rest are on the Newbie show and tell thread....


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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2009, 05:40:34 PM »

after being inspired by zia to give it another go and another month of playing with glass so the tut made more sence ...and it is a fab tut thank you for sharring ...here is my herd  Grin

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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2009, 05:45:01 PM »

oh I love them, especially the green one....

Elephants are so special to me.....so I just had to give it a go....You did the ears away, something I didnt dare to do as a newbie for fear they would pop off or drop off....so well done!
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2009, 11:54:25 AM »

Oooh! They are just wonderfull! I'm glad to see your results  Cheesy
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