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Beadmaking   Making beads, like the craftsmenartists of Bohemia, using the traditional cross-fire. Out of kerosene lamps with bellows, the modern propane-gas & air mix lamp has been developed. Special nozzles ensure an outstanding pattern of flames, which creates the crossing flames. Hence the name: cross-fire. In the centre of the flame-cross the glass is melted and wound around a wire (mandrel) which was previously dipped into kaolin.


A safety-glass screen protects the face against the heat and breaking glass. At the same time the fascided flame warms the laid out glass rods up, ready for use, on the cast-iron preheating form. With a spatula or tweezers, the molten bead can be formed, rolled or be pressed flat on the metal plate in front of the preheating form.


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