How do I get the holes in beads?

One of the most common questions I get asked about my recycled glass beads is – how do I get the holes in the beads? Hopefully this photo helps to answer that question. These beads have come out of the kiln and the next step in the process is to take them off the mandrel (stainless steel rod) and, yes, that’s when you get to see the hole. After that I have to clean the bead release out of the holes. This lot will take several hours to clean.

recycled glass beads