How to make glass beads

01 Nov.,2022


bead making machine

I have done many, many craft shows in my day and typically a customer will ask where do I get my beads. When I tell them that I make them the look on their face is like "whaaaaaaaat!!!".

Most people know how a sweater, painting or even ceramics are made but making glass beads...that's a different story. Glass is such a magical medium to work with. It's both fragile and malleable, solid and transparent. There are seemingly an infinite amount of colors and no end to the decorative possibilities. For me every day in the studio is a day of play and adventure. So join me for a quick tour of how glass beads are made.