Upgrade the glass work table with parts from a very old treadmill we took apart this weekend:
|The "shelves" will be filled with pieces of PVC drain pipe as the bottom shelf is, to hold glass rods. The metal frame was the base of the treadmill, while the "shelves" were the plastic trim.|
|The table. The foil on the back is temporary until I can build a vent system with sheet metal going there and up.|
|The other side of the pipe rod holder area, where I attached a piece of peg board I just happened to have lying around.|
|The whole kit and caboodle. The table was made from scraps and bits and pieces I had around the shop. |
|The old defunct treadmill.|
|Beads on a stained glass shelf unit I built some time ago.|
|First practice beads - getting used to the single-gas flame and molten glass.|
|The book - I highly recommend this for anyone interested in bead making. |
The kit has the equipment, but is very shy on instruction. This book has it all.
Available on Amazon.
|The kit. All that is needed is a well ventilated space, a work bench or table, and a can of MAPP gas. |
It's a great way to start and see if this hobby is for you. This kit runs around $100 but is a cost effective way to start.
If you take to the bead making, it is easy to add on. The book above shows how to build the studio and what is needed.
It uses soft glass and a single fuel torch system, which is great to practice on.
Available at Hobby Lobby or on Amazon.
|A rod storage system I will be building soon.|
|The kiln I want to get - Paragon Bluebird. They run $650 - $850|
|Someone's studio from the Internet. I like the ventilation unit on this and will be using it to design my own. |
Ventilation is VERY important when working with torches and gasses. It will be vented with a fan through the window.
|Simple surface mix dual-fuel (propane/oxygen) torch - tend to run $100-300 depending on complexity|
My Pinterest Glass and Jewelry Board: http://www.pinterest.com/thistlerosegal/glass-beads-wire/