Who’s Ready for the Glass Craft & Bead Expo

MakingBeadWhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Wrong! You can throw that old adage out the window when it comes to the Glass Craft & Bead Expo. Who wouldn’t want to share all of the new and exciting products and techniques found here? For those who have never been to or never heard of the Glass Craft & Bead Expo, it’s one of the largest gatherings of the glass art community and it’s being held this year in Sin City from April 3-7, what better location for one of the hottest events in the glass industry! The Glass Craft & Bead Expo has been going strong for over 25 years and this year the show boasts over 100 distributors, manufacturers, retailers and artists and over 250 classes and workshops covering hot and cold glass techniques as well as business development.

This year Diamond Tech is sponsoring the Flame-Off for Charity event on April 4th! What’s a “Flame-Off” you ask? It’s a race against the clock to create flameworked glass projects that will be auctioned off at the Charity Auction April 7th to benefit Opportunity Villages.  Attendees will be able to watch the artist work while enjoying music and munchies. This year Diamond Tech the manufacturer of Bearfoot Tools by Studio Pro is a Gold Sponsor. In addition to a monetary endowment, Diamond Tech will be donating an Electric Mandrel Spinner ($250.00 value) to the winner of the competition.801000-EMS-3-SLEEVES-WITH-BOX-WEB

We know we’re excited about Glass Craft & Bead Expo, how about you? If you’re as excited as we are about this awesome expo, come on out to Vegas from April 4-7 and view new products, learn new techniques and connect and share with the glass community! Leave us a comment and let us know if you are attending!


The Electric Mandrel Spinner – A Cure for the Common Lampworker’s Fatigue

craftmdHey there lampworkers, we love your work and we know you love working with the torch! But let’s face it “love hurts!”

Long hours in the flame can result in a lot of “ouchies” from carpal tunnel or general muscle fatigue. Well Dr. Lauren the Craft MD is here to help you feel all better!


I’m writing you a prescription for instant relief – Bearfoot Tools by Studio Pro™ Electric Mandrel Spinner!

This revolutionary cure was designed by glass artist Scott Bouwens specifically to reduce arm, wrist and hand strain while simultaneously increasing productivity. This innovative tool provides a constant spinning motion of the mandrel which equally distributes gravitational pull and controls heat dispersion for well-shaped beads with little effort. The EMS can be used to create twisty canes…fast, tight and easily. Marvering has never been so effortless and you can create multiple even-sided spacers in moments. Mix colors quickly, consistently and bubble free! Tack a stringer to wind around a bead quickly and evenly for consistent spirals, or space dots evenly with speed and accuracy. Fast core-building leaves more time to embellish.

The EMS is available in 5 different models; Original, Original Petite, Midsize, Midsize Petite and Deluxe. It has dual directionality, handy for righties and lefties and perfect for techniques like feathering and raking. The EMS provides three forms of speed control with a range of 65-105 repetitions per minute; a switch for high and low speed control and a rheostat knob for more precise control are located on the power box and a clutch is located on the handle to temporarily slow or stop the mandrel for precise detail work.

You can get your prescription filled at any of our stained glass distributors or retailers in your area and start feeling better TODAY!

To view this revolutionary addition to the Diamond Tech line, head on over to our Bearfoot Tools page  or to find a retailer in your area visit our Dealer Lookup.