You can see that the lines and dots are much smaller with stringers than with the much thicker rods.
I couldn't get my beads completely round, so I experimented with square and triangular beads! There are opaque yellow and transparent green.
I tried to get a smiley face onto the right bead, but it turned into some sort of silent scream of terror... :(
Opaque grey and everything that was still left molten into the bead. :)
Next, we learned how to make 'twisters'. These are like stringers, but with two colors intertwined in a double helix. The process to make them is a bit different as well. I wasn't very good at it, but klik managed some beautiful even twisters:
Spot the ones I made. ;)
You can use a twister like a stringer, but you get a most interesting result if you spiral the twister around a bead, heat that up nicely and then push the molten glass up and down alternatively. This technique is called 'marbling', and it does produce patterns like the ones found on marbled paper:
We also took the beads the instructor made with us, because otherwise she'd throw them away...
Again, not all beads had cooled off completely before we had to leave, so there are still some more beads... It's great fun, and I do think we'll be going to the 'open workshop' some time in the future to play around with molten glass some more.