|MAKING MARBLES WITH A HOT HEAD TORCH
I'll start with a rundown of my basic equipment
are about 10 years out of date.
Hot Head torch $30
torch marver $22
MAPP gas (available from local do-it-yourself stores) $8.00 per
8" or 10" tweezer with serrated tip $5
steel pick or rake $4.00
"mellon" tweezers $8.00
rod nipper $18
marble mold, 6 holes $32
safety glasses, special ones for glass working $35
annealing kiln with pyrometer $275 or more
glass rod assortment; price depends on how much you want! I
with a packaged assortment for $50, but glass costs only abut $9.00 lb,
so that's a lot of glass.
a home-made torch holder and a piece of a metal locker door for a table
surface (such items made for glass working can be purchased).
Total cost: about $475 That's about
the cost of
double handfull of small art-glass marbles.
I actually spent $600 for my initial set-up because I bought a larger
than minimum sized kiln. It's a big investment, but it's been
in to me! The kiln is the big ticket item. I don't think
possible to do satisfactory work without one, though. Even with
I fractured a lot of marbles before I got the knack of popping them in
at the right temperature. I used a Fiber blanket at first (while
waiting for my kiln to arrive), but it was not adequate even for small
beads because the glass doesn't anneal in the blanket. That means
the glass is brittle and prone to breaking later.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND SUPPLIERS, CHECK MY LINKS
If you are unsure about making the investment, go
get a copy of MAKING GLASS BEADS by Cindy Jenkins. If you
her instructions without ever having melted a piece of glass, and if
can pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time, I think you
have a great time making marbles.
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