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Princess Cut Tutorial

Lay down your initial footprint and check the size by either bringing the mandrel down to the base of the tool for reference, or the handle portion of the tool up under your mandrel. For the faceted shapes you will want your footprint to be about 1mm shy of the edges on both sides. It is better to estimate smaller at first because you can always add more to the footprint. Once it's on, you cannot take it off.

 

   

If you've followed our tip about determining how much glass you need for the cavity, you will know about how much glass to wind onto your mandrel. The picture shows the suggested shape before pressing. It is the shape of a plump oval. Don't worry about pointy ends.

Do not press when soupy and fully molten. Wait until your glass starts to slightly 'form a skin' (don't wait too long or you won't be able to press). Allow your glass to begin to settle into the bottom of the tool so it doesn't slide around too much when you begin to press.

   

While centered over the cavity as shown above, press straight down while steadying the tool against the back wall and left pole of the mold.

The pressing motion will take care of any pointy ends. For this tool, when you begin to press, press down very firmly to ensure that the glass makes it into the corners of the cavity.

If you want added sparkle, you might decide to leave the chill marks, especially with transparent beads. If not, fire polish away any chill marks on the surface and you have a beautiful faceted bead! If you like crisper edges, be sure to keep your flame on the faces of the bead, not the edges.
 

 


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