Introduce your glass rod to the flame slowly by
waving it through the flame. This will slowly heat your rod
and prevent pieces from fracturing off the heat from thermal
Once the tip of the rod picks up an orange glow, leave the
rod in the flame to heat.
By rotating the glass rod in the flame, a molten
glass end will develop. The size of the end will depend partly
on the glass and partly on the heat in the flame.
Introduce the mandrel to the flame and start to warm the
bead release in preparation for wrapping the hot glass around
Rotating the mandrel in an anti-clockwise
direction (away from you), slowly touch the molten glass to
the mandrel and wrap the mandrel in a single layer of glass.
Continue to rotate the mandrel until the glass
comes all the way around.
Rotate the mandrel in the flame until the glass
is relatively even.
If you desire a larger bead, reheat the glass
rod and add more glass to the centre of the bead. The bead
should be slightly cooler (note the bead is darker in the
picture) before adding more glass, otherwise you will pull it
out of shape.
Rotate in the flame again until desire shape has
Take the bead out of the flame count to 5 and
place the bead (which should no longer be red) into a pot of