I’ve been taking glass bead making classes!! This is something I have wanted to do for a long time so when a friend asked to sign up together I said “YES!”.
This is the torch we use. At first it was a little intimidating but I’m a little more comfortable now.
We use these sticks called mandrils to wrap the melted glass around to make the bead. Then the bead goes in the Annealer to cool off slowly so there is no thermal shock and no cracking. These are my very first beads. They are a little wonky, but were so fun to make.
These two beads were my favorite from the first class. I can see a new creative addiction forming!