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Free Tutorials

The tutorials you will find here are free for your use and information.


These free tutorials may or may not be exclusive to Soda Lime Times. It is possible you may find them elsewhere on the web. The creator of the tutorial has given us permission to include their work here.

Our objective, over time, is to amass a significant library of quality, useful bead making tutorials. Those that may be accessed free of charge will be included here.





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Liliana Earth Bead

Glass beads designed with shards allow you to create dream-like spaces with extraordinary surfaces and permeable connections. It’s a thrill to conjure up a visual threshold between a fictional, invented world and one that we can recognize ourselves in with ease.

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Happy Snowman!

This adorable snowman bead is sure to enchant anyone who receives it. Perfect for Beads of Courage because it is made as a pressed bead with nothing delicate to break off.

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Flame Bead Tutorial

Dichroic flames dance atop a black background on this beautiful focal bead by the talented Lisa St. Martin. From the July 2015 issue of Soda Lime Times.

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Bats and Pumpkins

This easy tutorial by Sabrina Koebel will show you how to make a cute pumpkin and bats that you can turn into some fun Halloween jewelry.

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Charming Seashell Headpins

This tutorial will show you how to make a little auger bead on the end of a mandrel and then turn it into a headpin. This method works for lots of other bead styles as well.

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Delphinium Garden 

Eye-catching focal bead featuring watercolor delphiniums, made with frit and striped cane. Thanks Sheila Davis!

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Are you hungry? Here’s a fun and easy ham tutorial by swiss artists Trix Rémy and Angela Meier. All you need is some eggs and toast and it’s breakfast!

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Ice Cream Sundae 

If you want to satisfy your sugar craving with no calories, you will love these little ice cream sundae beads. Fun, easy, and addictive!

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Sparkle the Owl 

Cute owl bead with touches of dichroic for a little bling. Thanks to Loti Peterson and her cat beads for inspiring this design.

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Flower Power Jawbreakers 

My all-time favorite tutorial for a big, bright floral.

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Goody Good Gumdrops

A super easy gumdrop bead made from transparent glass and clear frit. Perfect for the holidays! And zero calories!

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How to Make an Ice Cream Cone

Quick and Easy – Intermediate Level

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How to Make a Cube with Square Shoulders and Pointed Corners.

Learn Heat Control. Novice Level.

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How to Add Cubic Zirconium to your bead.

Setting CZ’s, A free tutorial by Lisa Atchison

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Sculpted Flower

Bead by Lorraine Dowdle,  Artisan Lampwork and Jewelery Artist.

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Snow Cone Bead

A great bead for kids and especially for Beads of Courage Kids. A Soda Lime Times Lampwork University Tutorial.

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Vine Cane Twistie

For full, rich floral or organic beads a vine cane is almost an essential. Learn how to make a vine cane twistie and stringer in this tutuorial.

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Falling Leaves Necklace

In the December, 2011, issue we show how to make wonderful pressed leaves. Use thoes leaves to make a stunning necklace. It is easy, and the result, we think, is terrific.

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Twisting It All Up

A special tutorial by one of our favorite contributors, Kris Schaible. Kris shows her method for making twisties using a tool she and her husband developed. The tutorial may be downloaded for free and there is a special offer on the tool until April, 2013, just for Soda Lime Times visitors and subscribers — that is you.

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Striated Encased Purple Heart Lampwork Tutorial

A fun way to use frit to make a heart focal bead with a horizontal hole. From the Dec. 2016 issue of Soda Lime Times.