Bead Release & Mandrels

Bead release is very personal.  What makes a bead release your favorite often has a lot to do with the kind of beads you make or how you work the glass and mandrel in the flame. We have provided Fosterfire for a few reasons:

  • We like how it holds up to multiple pressings.
  • We like how it dissolves in water, making it easy to use with some of the Inspirational Mandrels where you can't turn the glass on the mandrel.  Some bead releases require that turn in order to break the bond of the release to the glass and the mandrel.  Fosterfire, especially the regular formula dissolves making that removal easier.
  • We like how easy it is to clean out of the beads.

We offer the following options:

  • Fosterfire Regular 8oz
  • Fosterfire Smooth & Tuff 8oz
  • Fosterfire Smooth & Tuff 18oz

We offer some very creative mandrels in the Inspirational Mandrels Collection, however with most presses you just want a basic mandrel!  Most of our tools are designed around the 1/16th and 5/64th mandrels, with many havi

Bead release is very personal.  What makes a bead release your favorite often has a lot to do with the kind of beads you make or how you work the glass and mandrel in the flame. We have provided Fosterfire for a few reasons:

  • We like how it holds up to multiple pressings.
  • We like how it dissolves in water, making it easy to use with some of the Inspirational Mandrels where you can't turn the glass on the mandrel.  Some bead releases require that turn in order to break the bond of the release to the glass and the mandrel.  Fosterfire, especially the regular formula dissolves making that removal easier.
  • We like how easy it is to clean out of the beads.

Mandrels:

Most of our tools are designed around the 1/16th and 5/64th mandrels, with many having the option to modify to work well with a 3/32nd mandrel.  For more mandrel information and advice you can check out our page devoted to such things. Which is also where you can find out why 5/64 is Amy's favorite size to work with!

To simplify things for you, we have made both 1/16th and 5/64 mandrels available in bundles of 12.