How nice to wake up, open the kiln and find these lovelies all ready for their bath. I like to let them soak for a little while to rehydrate the bead-release (a clay-like slurry you dip the mandrel in before you start torching to keep the glass from sticking to the steel mandrels). Soon, I’ll use my locking pliers to help me twist off the glass, and then I have a diamond-coated bit which I use in a cordless dremel. This is to grind away the remaining bead-release.
I know the bead-release had failed on one of the green markers (it had broken free of the mandrel and embedded into the glass at the bottom of the marker). I’m interested to see if I can grind that away or if we’ve gained another green marker for our own collection!
Better get to it!
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