Each party person has a block of 4"x2"x2" Styrofoam. This holds the beads which have been placed on a 4" segment of chenille stem. Folding over the end will keep the bead firmly in place. Make sure you have a different color for each guest, ie. Jane = red.
Having the bead on the chenille stem allows the guest to easily paint each bead.Styrofoam works as a great drying station as well. After the beads are painted, the party assistant sticks the beads in a ziplock bag marked "Jane = red" until they are ready to be glazed.
There are 2 ways you can dip your beads. Shown is the first way on the chenille stem.chenille stem so that it can be reused. To dry simply place back into the Styrofoam block.
The second way to dip the bead is shown in this photo. This is done with
Cleaning out the bead prior to firing will usually keep you from having any further labor in dremeling etc.triangular cleanup tool, simply ream out the edge of the hole to remove extra glaze.
Now your ready to fire the beads. Mark each set of stilt bars with the color to correspond to the person's chenille stem color. This way if you are not there to load or unload, Jane's beads are sure to stay together andkiln. The stilt kits are available for sale in the Firing and Torch Supplies section. You can also purchase just the nichrome high-fire rods as well. Stilting beads this way, instead of using a bead tree, will allow you to fire 50 to 300 beads on half a shelf in a large kiln. Now that's efficient!