There is more than one way to create a twistie. I have my preferred technique, which I am going to share with you.
In this case I am making a twistie of green colors to use as a vine for pumpkin beads.
You can find pumpkin beads for sale in my Ema K Designs Etsy Shop.
I begin by gathering a ball of glass on the end of a rod. This is my primary color (green)
While making twisties a lampworker
uses the glass rod as a handle, we call this a punty.
I round the gather and flatten the end, preparing for the addition of the next color.
The next color I am using is black.
I heat the two colors together, round out the gather and flatten the end. I will continue this process until I have added my third and fourth colors, which are yellow and another shade of green.
After adding the fourth color I have to move my punties or handles. The punties must make contact with all four colors of glass in order for the twistie
to include all the colors.
I have four colors and my two handles. I am ready to heat the whole gather and begin twisting and pulling out the glass.
The result is a thin piece of glass, usually 2-5mm thick, which can be used as decorative elements in the beads I create.