Making Clear Encased Dipped Glass Beads with the
The amazing "Big Dipper Crucible Kiln"
|Make your bead at the end of your mandrel. Keep your design fairly flat without a lot of texture. The texture tends to catch a few air bubbles. Simply dip your hot but solid glass bead into the liquid glass.|
|Remove the bead and cut the trailing string of molten glass with a glass scissors as close to the glass bead as practical|
|Heat the glass bead.|
Shape the glass bead. The thin layer of glass on the very end will easily break through to the hole. - now you have a clear uniform encased glass bead.