I've just spent a happy couple of hours making lots of new beads. Having had a collection of old keys kicking about in my beading cupboard, I got to thinking. Could I use them as mandrels and melt glass onto them? Well before I knew it I was dipping them in bead release and trying to find out.
After rather messily covering the shaft of the key with ceramic release (and much of myself too) I encountered my next problem. How on earth would I hold the key and be able to turn it in the flame without burning my fingers? I got lucky with the first one and I managed to super heat the end of a glass rod and use this as a punty, attaching it to the hot key. Easy, I thought. No, just lucky, as try as I might, the subsequent keys were not playing and I had to think of something else.