There are quite a few “beadable” products made now for the lampworking community. Pens and Styluses (styli ?) are high quality “blanks” for which I make rather large lampwork beads. The pens are refillable and twist open/shut at the lower part of the metal body. The stylus has a soft rubber tip which can be changed if need be.
I use 104 COE glass – Effetre (formerly Moretti), Lausha, Messy, and assorted silver reactives like TAG and Double Helix. I work on either a Nortel Minor or GTT Lynx torch and use either my Arrow Springs A-18 kiln or my Toolbox kiln for annealing. All my beads are properly annealed in one of the digitally controlled kilns, and then cleaned thoroughly of bead release using specially designed reamers in my Foredom.