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BIG BALL goes retro

About this design:

This is my last big ball. I torched the ball to get the gunmetal color, then curled the segments to the inside. Made a cluster from chartreuse beads and flowers using headpins made by me from 22 gauge copper wire.


Czech glass rondelles, Czech glass flowers, Fire Agate, Vintaj chain and bead caps and gunmetal spacers.

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    This is kind of Miriam Haskel inspired. Beautiful! Did you say you tortured this ball?? JK!

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Yes I definitely did, love torch I must have been a pyrotech. in my previous life ;)

  3. PPR
    PPR says:

    Asia: BEAUTIFUL!

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Asia, just how many toys do you have?? when you were just starting, I never dreamed you would end up such a beading maniac! :) I was eying a torch a few days ago. Now I really need to get one to play with!! This is fantastic!!!

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Another fab-u-lous design!

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Becky, you definitely need one, I was quite intimidated at first, but when things started working I was in love with it. I only have a few basic tools like pliers, hammers and the torch.I never dreamed too, just love it, only need more time on my hands :)

  7. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    O, Asia! This is exquisite!! I am going to be way way outclassed – if I can ever bring my concept to reality. This is so stunning. I would wear this ‘big ball’ creation in a heartbeat! Just lovely!!

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Jacki, of course you will finish and it will be great, my pictures are not the best, I need some daylight which I’ had not seen for quite a few days, I leave home when is dark and get back when it is already dark, in order to finish my pieces I lost a few hours of sleep.

  9. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    A girl’s gotta do whadda girls gotta do, right!! Especially if you challenge us with the impossible – it will be possible. Stay up late, awake early, call in ‘sick’? ah, can’t go that far, but love to bead anytime, any how!! ;-)

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    I just can’t call sick Jacki even if I want ;)

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I especially like the asymmetrical colors and sizes but the chain gives them unity. Gonna steal this idea and use it some how, some where, some day… But not with my BB.

  12. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    This is another great piece. Shall we post them on Etsy as the big ball challenge. The creations of the brave.

    Hope to see more soon. I am having lots of fun.

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love this one!

  14. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Love all the work that went in to this…with great results!!!

  15. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Another winner!

  16. Asia
    Asia says:

    Thank you so much :D

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Asia, I have a metalworking book that tells me how you made the head pins but it doesn’t answer this question: do you know if you can melt the balls with treated wire? Will it work with the colored stuff? the antitarnish? I’m sure that something will melt, but do you know what it does?

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    And if you are EVER in Minnesota, you had better bring your toys and come and play at my house!!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Another fabulous design! Love the “torch-ered” idea too! Those curled petals are awesome!

    Would love to know more abut using a torch. Any preference on brands girls?
    I see Lima is carrying one now, but would like to know more details about it…..are there fuel refills available, how do you refill it, what are the directions for use, safety tips, etc……

    Becky, thanks for asking your questions about making headpins. Curious minds want to know…….. ;-) (May I ask what metal working book are you referring to?)….more curiosity. I want to learn how to do this stuff! :-)

  20. Frida
    Frida says:

    WOW what in the name of BB have you made with BB 8O :D

    Awesome work! Love your headpins.

  21. Frida
    Frida says:

    Should be a = :D after 8O

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I will have to dig under my BB project and its attendant MESS to find that book, Mary, but it has a LOT of very good information. I will tell you as soon as I find it. I have a friend here whose husband bought her a butane torch from Home Depot and it works great. There are refills.

  23. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Asia, another amazing design! I love the color combination.

  24. Asia
    Asia says:

    Becky, any craft wire will do, they all copper, however to get the same color you need to burn that coating, otherwise you get a copper ball and the rest will have the color of the wire.You will also get a fire scale (almost black color), the books will tell you to use Sparex bath afterwords, I avoid chemicals when I can , instead I put a cup of a vinegar and a tsp. of salt in a small pot heat it up and than put mine done findings in it, for more rustic look one can omit this step and only use the renaissance wax.

  25. Asia
    Asia says:

    Mary, I just use a butane torch from Home Depot, that is sufficient for the wire gauge 20 and up, yes, there are butane refills, very easy to use. For anything thicker than 20 gauge I will recommend using a propane torch, you screw that one on the small usually 1 lb. propane bottle, it gives you more heat. Both should be used in a well ventilated area, for me that means an open window at – temperatures.

  26. Asia
    Asia says:

    Thanks for all your comments and questions :D

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    franny says:

    i’m so in awe of the techniques you are all describing!…this is gorgeous Asia…i had envisioned that the ‘BB’ segments just recoiled in terror as you approached with the blow torch!…i like the dyed agates with the metal..

  28. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    My next investment is a torch! Thanks, Asia, for all the info!

  29. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The versatility of the Big Ball is amazing! Love your combo of chain and beads. They make a great accent for you wonderful focal. :)

  30. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Asia, thanks so much for all the info! as soon as I find time (in my next life!) I am venturing into pyromania! :)

  31. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Wow I was afraid to take BB this far because I thought it might break. This is fabulous! I bet the torching helped anneal it so you could curl it…?

  32. Asia
    Asia says:

    Yes, it did, but I mostly did the curling without torch,then I realised that I started the wrong way, but it’s a learning process ;)

  33. Asia
    Asia says:

    Thank you again :D

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