ARTICLE by DREW
Make Your Own Rod Rest
A rod rest is used to prop up hot glass rods and tools to keep them from burning
the work surface. The hot end is laid over the rod rest while the other
end rests on the work surface. It also prevents glass rods from rolling
around, and keeps them evenly spread so they're easier to pick up while
working. They can be purchased at any of the glass supply houses or local
stained glass stores that carry bead making supplies. However, they're
also fairly easy to make with a sheet of aluminum flashing and an old
Finished Rod Rest
SUPPLIES AND TOOLS NEEDED:
- Aluminum Flashing. This can be purchased in rolls or
in small sheets at most home building supply stores, or hardware
stores. The small rectangular sheets are large enough to make 2 or 3
rests and are very inexpensive.
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- Single-hole Paper Punch - These can be purchased at any
place that sells office supplies or school supplies. They're also
fairly inexpensive. If you already have one and use it, you'll
probably want to pick up a new one to use on paper.
- Tin Snips or Old Scissors
MAKE YOUR OWN:
Cut a strip of aluminum flashing that is 8 inches long (or
however long you want the rest to be) by 1.25 inches wide (or twice the
height you desire).
- Use a straightedge and a carpet knife (or something strong and pointed,
like a nail) to score a line down the center of the strip of flashing.
This will help when folding the strip in step 7.
- Starting 1/4-inch from the end of the strip, mark 1/2-inch increments
along the centerline.
- Using an old single-hole paper punch, punch holes centered over each
incremental mark up the centerline.
- With the scored line facing down, lay the strip lengthwise along the edge
of the workbench (or a desk, or a sheet of plywood - something that has a
straight, sharp edge). Allow half the strip to overhang the
edge. This means that the workbench will be visible through half of
each hole, and the other half of each hole will be hanging over the edge.
- Clamp the strip in that position (or hold it very tightly).
- Bend down the half of the strip that is overhanging the edge. This
will bend the strip to approximately 90 degrees..
- Remove the strip and bend it in just a little more.
- Set it on the workbench and adjust it until it sits straight..
- Enjoy your new, cheap rod rest!.
This article is reprinted from my book Torchworked Marbles, Vol. 1.
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