Glass Beads

Making glass beads with a torch, is it easy, how long does it take, how much room is needed, cost?

I want to make my own beads instead of buying them in the stores. Originality is important to me and so is creativity.

I'm pretty sure your going to want a variance in colors, so you would have to take into account the cost of the different colors of glass rods...
(which by the way I'm guessing solid rods are used, not sure of the diameter and this is usually sold by the pound)

...and the cost for chemicals or substances that can be introduced into the flame with the glass to give it its various colors, copper and silicas are a few.
I'm also wondering what type of torch one would need that would be best suited for your purpose, I was suprised the first time I learned about all the different types of torches that are actually used to create specific flames in glass blowing.
Also different fuels are used depending on the temperature wanted. not sure about for beads but for glass in general furnaces and kilns are also used in the heating and cooling process,
I'm guessing you are not liking the mass produced avaliable beads and the higher premium one might would charge for some of the more unique looking beads. So it would be those factor to compare to whatever prices.
But do remember about the heat your going to generate,think about the place or space that this will take place and if you will want it cooled, if not be prepared to sweat, and you are prolly going to get a burn or two, it come with the territory, and this is why utensils and gloves will be needed for handling,

You mentioned originality and creativity in your question and through out my answer I keep wondering if you have ever introduced yourself to mosaics.

http://www.mosaicartsource.com/mosaicart/mosaic_art_resource/mosaic_interview_josef_norris_kidserve_mosaics.html

Hope this may help and sorry about the runon sentences,

here are a few links

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http://store.allstainedglass.com/mr.html

http://www.glassdaddy.com/colors_pricing.htm

(a single ebay listing which could lead you to many more)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Variety-Glass-Rods-4-POUNDS_W0QQitemZ230090675072QQihZ013QQcategoryZ116646QQcmdZViewItem

http://www.caldroncrafts.com/hot_glass_supplies.htm

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