The glass is now glowing, and I can apply the melting glass to the coated mandrel.
You can see the glass continuing to melt as I apply it to the mandrel. It's glowing a light orange at the this point. You won't see the purple return until it cools. I continue to apply enough glass, in a barrel shape, to make the heart. You have to get a pretty fat barrel to make a heart.
At this point, I have enough glass on my mandrel to make the heart, so now, I begin to shape the heart. The tool I am using is a brass stump shaper. I am using it to make the cleavage on top of the heart. (Don't let your mind go in the gutter, another word is lobes.) I have separated the glass at the top. I can now let gravity work for me by hanging the heart upside down and letting the glass flow into the lobes.
As the glass flows into the lobes, I continue to work with the heart upside down to pull the point of the heart. I am using a punty ( a clear glass rod) to pull the bottom of the heart into a point.There it is! One purple heart for Beads of Courage. Can you see the purple coming back to the bead? The End!