Meet the Artist
Outa Torch Glasswerks
How I Make This Stuff:
My beads are made on stainless steel rods called mandrels. The mandrels are first dipped in bead release (a low-fire clay), before meeting the molten glass. Bead release keeps the molten glass from sticking to the mandrel and allows for easy removal of the final product after its been annealed and cooled.
The glass I use comes in rods of many different colors. A glass rod is heated in the torch until it begins to melt, and then it is applied to the mandrel. I can also add different colors and shape the glass at this time.
When Im satisfied with the final product, it is placed into the annealing oven where it is gradually cooled (this reduces stress on the glass).
Marbles are made in the same way, with the exception that a mandrel is not used at all. I use a stainless steel or glass rod called a punty to hold a marble while it is being made, and to make a marble round I use a marble mold.
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