I use soft glass 104 coe. (Coefficient of Expansion)
Knowing how the colors react to heat takes practice.
Glass rods neatly organized
I'm open to whatever glass I can experiment with. I've worked with
German Lauscha, Italian Effetre Moretti, Vetrofond and Creation is Messy.
The glass is heated and "wound" onto the steel rod. It is shaped with gravity and tools.
I use both hands to start the process. One to hold the glass rod and the other to hold the steel mandrel. Constantly rotating both the rod and the mandrel balances the molten glass. It's kind of like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time.
Knowing the set-up of equipment and the rules of safety is always important to any glass artist.
This is my digital controlled kiln.
Here is the link of a You Tube Video I recorded. I'm at the torch making a bead.
Please feel free to email with with comments or questions. Thank you.