Isn't this spectacular?
I didn't even plant it. A bird must have dropped it in my garden! Thank you!
|This shows a rod of blue glass and a thin white rod of glass called a "stringer."|
|Here I am slowly heating the rod of blue glass in the torch flame.|
|I heat it until a blob forms|
|Very hot blob of glass. Next pic shows how it looks 'wound' on a steel rod.|
|Steel rod, dipped in a clay like liquid called 'bead release which helps the finished bead to come off easily. The bead release looks white when it's dried. See it here on the steel rod in this picture?|
|The rod and hot glass is taken out of the flame a bit so it's not 'red hot'. See it's blue now that it has cooled a bit.|