Making glass beads seems intimidating, but with just a few tools and a little know-how, it's easy!
When making glass beads, keep safety in mind and read all instructions provided by the tool manufacturers. Gather these tools to make glass beads:
Vermiculite Can be used as a cooling substance. When the bead is finished, allow it to cool briefly until it starts to change color. Gently insert into vermiculite. This helps it to cool more slowly. Cooling the bead too fast in the open air will cause it to break. If vermiculite is unavailable use a warming blanket.
Glass rods Come in many different colors and can be solid, translucent, transparent, and dichroic (metallic coated). They range in price according to color and kind. The dichroic are the most expensive.
Torch head for beadmaking Attachment made for beadmaking. Look for torch heads in the beading department of crafts and hobby stores.