HOW ITS MADE
Once the ashes are received, the artist carefully sifts a small amount onto a metal plate. 2100 degree glass is then gathered out of the furnace, onto a rod, and the molten glass is rolled over the ashes on the metal plate. The glass cooled slightly before more molten glass is gathered over the ashes, which encases the ashes inside the glass. It is then placed into an oven to cool and strengthen.
Narrow rods of glass are melted with the flame tip of a torch. The molten glass is wound around a mandrel (thin, stainless steel rod). The removal of this mandrel will therefore leave a hole through the center, creating a bead. While the glass is around the mandrel it is turned into different positions to enable it to take shape.