01/27/10 – Mandrel – Mandrel is sometimes misspelled mandril. This tool is applied to pre-fused glass to create a hole or channel in the glass. This could be for attaching additional pieces to the glass such as a necklace or chopsticks in a sushi plate.

In fusing, these poles could be constructed out of several materials that either can hold up to the warmth within a kiln or will burn off entirely. Whatsoever substance is employed it still necessitates coating with a bead release material to restrain the glass from adhering the rod.


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