Lampwork Off-Mandrel Glass Leaf Bead

If you hate cleaning out the release from lampwork bead holes as much as I do, you will probably be more than eager to learn how to work your lampwork glass off-mandrel.

Creating off-mandrel soft glass pieces is a bit more tricky than say using boro but it can be done, you just have to be patient and work slow. Work too fast and you’ll have a sloppy stubborn blob of glass that just won’t do what you want it to.

Once you go off-mandrel it opens doors to other areas of work like marbles, pendants, sculptures, and even beads! Yes, you can even make beads without a mandrel. This lampwork bead was created completely off-mandrel. Neat eh?

The video below which was taken from one of my live studio broadcasts will hopefully give you a nice jumping off point to start your journey on losing that mandrel.

Enjoy and keep it hot!

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