I made a video (with my mother’s help) of me making a twisty for the church presentation a while ago. I’ve just now added it to YouTube. Check it out:
There are so many different ways to make a twisty – two color, three color, encased… and the holding and pulling tools/techniques are just about endless. I’m finding that 1/8 inch mandrels work very well for me. I’m not using them in the above video, but I think I will use them from this point out. What I do, and I learned this from Trey Cornette and Torchworked Marbles by Drew Fritts, is I pull with the right hand, while flashing the gather in the flame with the left hand to keep it warm. I’m twisting with both hands also. The theory is that you get better control this way – once you practice enough to get the technique down.
Today, I made some more twisties that came out pretty well. I’m kinda proud of them. They still need work, but they look a lot better than when I first started with this type of twisty. I’m continuing to improve with this technique. These twisties here are destined to be garlands on Christmas tree beads. And, perhaps other types of beads. I don’t know how many Christmas trees I need.