Press for insects and everything that's fluttering
My very first tool idea and invention! In the middle I placed 4 cavities to form the bodies: a big butterfly, a smaller butterfly (both usable as caterpillars, if you leave out the wings) a bee (which can be a bug as well) and a little creature with six legs. When the body is pressed, add 2 or 4 big blobs of glass for the wings, heat them one by one and squeeze them with one of the texture plates. Try this with dazzling reduction glass for a great effect. Click here to get more detailed instructions.
Of course, the 4 texture plates can be used to squeeze any kind of bead, not just insect wings.
Butterfly/Caterpillar (big): 30x10x10 mm
Butterfly/Caterpillar (small): 23x10x10 mm
Bee/Bug: 20x12x12 mm
Six-legged creature: 14x12x8 mm
Texture plates (HxW): 25x25 mm
Overall size (without handle): 27x85x50
Cavity for mandrel: 3 mm for mandrels up to 2,5 mm
Please note that this press cannot have pins, due to its special purpose. All the edges are needed for the texture plates. With a little practice, this works great. I like to use presses without pins anyway. If you are not good at free hand pressing, try to place two other closed presses on the edges that you don‘t need right now. They will guide you a little.
"Leben ist nicht genug, sagte der Schmetterling. Sonnenschein, Freiheit und eine kleine Blume gehören auch dazu." (Hans Christian Andersen)