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    Hello, where is the cheapest place to buy glass rods?
    I would need to buy a blowtorch to to avoid glass dripping onto the stove.

    where is the cheapest place?

    I only have a homebase near me! (1/2 marathons for World Society for the Protection of Animals) Vegan cookery

  • #2
    Hi Hon,

    Most of the major hot glass retailers in the UK stock glass rods . . though they don't all stock all of the different CoE's . . try the following:

    Tufnells . .
    Warm Glass . .
    Creative Glass . .
    Creative Glass Guild . .
    Tempsford Stained Glass . .
    Bullseye Glass UK . .

    Tufnells and Tempsford also sell the torches. Tufnells concentrate on bead making and bead making kit!

    Just a word of advice tho . . you might want to buy one or two other bits at the same time . . especially a heat resistant surface, some heat resistant gloves and some Infra Red Goggles/Glasses . . the glass gets really really hot . . and the infra red radiation from the torch and the glass when it's hot can cause cataracts in the long term and eye sight disturbance in the short term!

    Hope this helps
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    • #3
      Tuffnells do bead making demos at the shows they exhibit at, well worth the trip if there is one near you. They have an events diary on their site.
      Bead Shop, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0QB, Lancashire. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.


      • #4
        You can't really just buy a plumbers blowtorch if you plan to make glass beads! You'll just about be able to melt the glass with it, but the results will be dirty and are unlikely to be usable.

        I'd thoroughly recommend looking at a starter kit from Tuffnells, and reading a book or two before starting. Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins is a pretty good introduction.


        • #5
          There is a seller on ebay called islandglass!!! they are a US seller but when I've bought from them the postage hasn't been any more expensive than when I've bought over here though it has been a little while since I've bought stuff. They have a fantasic range of colours and are really cheap for pinks and purples which can be quite pricey.

          Have fun picking, I love looking at all of the glass colours and can get carried away!



          • #6
            I should have added to the suppliers list - Sean and Gillian at have a nice range of glass, and sell by the rod as well as by the bundle, which is great for trying out a few new colours.

            If you're beadmaking with a torch, make sure you have adequate ventilation and at the very least a pair of didys for eye protection. You don't need gloves for beadmaking, but a heat resistant surface (or one you don't care about) is a must!