This is what the majority of the beads I buy are made of, although I also have a penchant for silver and semi-precious stones too.
|This is what a professional beadmaker looks like when they're making!|
Since I became Addicted to Beads, I've actually had a few attempts at making my own... here are 3 important things I've learnt about Glass.
- Glass melts at an extremely hot temperature which can go from "Yay it's melting!" to "Oh my *%$£ing god where is that glass heading???!!!" quite quickly. It helps if where it's heading is not onto an expensive torch or your body. Try not to panic; as the distance at which you can fling molten glass is surprisingly far.
- If you don't heat your glass rod up slowly (slowly means different things to different glasses) bits will ping off... some glass pings more than others... do not leave your cup of tea within pinging reach.
- If you hold your mandrel (thing you can wrap your glass around) vertically or horizontally or at an angle, whilst admiring your glass bead as it cools, remember that that glass is still moving, even if you can't see it... this is why many of my beads are lopsided until I heat them up again and repeat No.1.
What important lesson/s have you learnt when trying out a new hobby?