alright twisted glass beads - let's take a look.
it's all in the groove
Important: the grooves of the twist must be smooth vitrified glass NOT the devitrified ugliness that occurs as soon as you actually twist the glass. Constant attention and a pinpoint flame will help.
First: apply whatever colors you are using and make your design - latticino and it's variations are what I usually do, encased in clear or not it's your choice (encased is easier to keep smooth but is more work).
Next: Flame strike any colors that need it, heat evenly and gently smash kinda flat, melt a bit more and fire polish as if you are done with it. Then heat up until quite hot (pale pink) and twist. Now you need a needle point flame to heat the grooves until it's perfectly smooth again.
Tip: For the grooves I only heat one side the groove (from top to bottom) at a time and let cool before doing the opposite side. Apply hard, steady breath to the cool side while letting the hot side cool down then reverse.
This is a super easy, basic technique that's just a bit finicky. The twisty pendants seem to be very popular during the holiday season.
My christmas tree is covered in scrap glass twists that the kids love.