Additional Craft Information:
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Prepare the workspace. First, select a well-ventilated area that is free from clutter and anything flammable. On a heat-resistant surface like a metal work bench, set up the MAPP gas bottle and torch head and secure it into place using the hose clamp, L bracket and table clamp. Lay out some glass rods and any tools you will be using and position the fire extinguisher nearby.
Stir the bead release clay, adding a little water if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency. Coat both tips (about an inch) of each mandrel with bead release clay. Dip each mandrel into the clay and leave a thin and even coating. Set the mandrels aside for about an hour to dry.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Turn on the gas and light the torch. Adjust the amount of oxygen on the torch head to make a stable flame. Move a glass rod slowly into the flame, heating it and moving it closer to the tip of the inside cone of the flame, which is the hottest part.
Move the mandrel in behind the glass, spinning and heating it as well. The mandrel must be hot and the glass must be molten for the two to stick together correctly.
Touch the mandrel with the tip of the molten glass rod. Spin the mandrel, wrapping the melted glass around the mandrel. Continue to spin and melt the glass on the mandrel if you want a round bead, or add more glass and continue to melt. Remember to heat parts of the bead up slowly. Heat longer to smooth out bumps. Be creative with colors and glass formations to come up with your own unique creations.
Slowly move the bead away from the hot part of the flame when you have completed your bead. Continue to evenly heat the glass, gradually removing it from the flame, which will help prevent thermal shocking and cracking later. Immediately wrap the bead in the fiber blanket to cool for at about two hours. After thoroughly cooled, remove the bead from the mandrel by lightly twisting it. Dipping the bead and mandrel in water also helps to separate them.