Valuable Glass Bead Making Tips and Tricks from Arrow Springs

arrow_springs_home_page_2Are you a glass bead maker? Do you feel like you need more information about glass bead making? Have you been to Arrow Springs web site? If you have then you know that they provide a lot of valuable information for the new bead maker as well as those with experience. Besides that they have one of the greatest selection of tools and materials for all types of glass work.

I was teaching a glass bead making class recently and wanted to provide my students with more information. Information they could use to start setting up their studio or expand the knowledge they already have. Things like coating mandrels properly with bead release and the types or bead release they offer or hooking up your regulators once you get them home. There’s a page on how to make your own frit. I love using frit. Or using pixie dust, that’s different from fairy dust but just as magical. They even give you the information on how to test if the glass you have is compatible. Glass compatibility is so important so this is great information to have. You can download the pdf or just print the pages straight out from their site. This stuff is so helpful for making your bead making experience that much better.


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    Thanks for that request. In the Arrow Springs tips and tricks area of their web site there’s actually a section on how to create glass core vessels. It talks about building up the mandrel (what you build the bead on) and shaping it so you can make a little perfume bottle/pendant. I will definitely post more information regarding glass bead making since the what I do most. Thanks for your comment!


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