It has taken me many years to figure out how to do the "all in one" aka "big swipe" (not sure what the correct term is) type of encasing, but I finally got it yesterday. For some reason it finally clicked. Am I proud of myself? You betch!
Basically, you let the bead cool a bit, but not enough to crack, and keeping it warm in the upper part of the flame you then melt a huge clear gather, 2 - 3 times the size of the bead, and literally let it drop onto, and swipe it on the bead. Phew!
This a small set that I have done with that type of encasing - no bubbles!!!! (or only very minimal anyway) lol.
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Here is another set that is on Lampwork Bead Market too. This was not the same type of encasing - this was partial encasing.
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