For my fifth class, Stephanie gave a wonderful torch demonstration. She made stringers, twisties, and a basic bead. She uses an oxygen and propane torch. (Map gas can also be used). The torch head is set up to stand freely on a metal table allowing both hands to be free.
After she demonstrated, she let us loose to play. We started with making stringers and graduated onto twisted stringers. Now, what do you do with these? Youre only limited to your imagination, but a few ways they can be used is to add them to a glass bead while its being made or add them to a fused piece. You can use them to make stripes or dots for example. I made a lot of black stringers because I was working on a design for a plate that I want to make using clear and black glass and I used the stringers to outline the face and whiskers.