When I took a class in making glass beads we coated the mandrels with 3
coats of release, letting it dry completely between coats. (So hard to
wait!) Even then it is sometimes hard to get the bead off. Sometime you
can soak the whole thing in water to soften the release. Or carefully
grip the bead with a pair of pliers and turn the mandrel to break it
loose. Just be careful not to break the bead!.
. . wrote:
> I just received my Glass Bead Beginners Set form Dick Blick but I am
> having some problems releasing the beads from the madrels. If anyone
> has some pointers I would greatly appreciate the advice. It seems
> like the bead release begins to crack off the madrel as I am melting
> the glass rod around it.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.