When I discovered hot glass I fell in
love! Manipulating the glass is fabulous. I continue to take
workshops and classes to further my education.
occasion I also incorporate bead weaving with the lampwork
jewelry. All the items are one-of-a-kind wearable art.
The process of making beads is called lampworking. It is an ancient
of melting glass over a flame to create a bead. My torch is
fueled with a mixture of oxygen and propane. I use Effetre
(Moretti), Vetrofond, Bullseye and Lauscha glass.
The mandrel is dipped in bead release, a rod of glass is heated over the
hot flame until it melts to a consistency of unspun honey
and the glass is wound around the mandrel. The glass bead is
then formed, decorated and finally placed in a kiln to be
annealed. The computer controlled kiln annealing insures
that each bead will not fracture. After annealing, the beads
are placed in warm water and soaked, they are taken off the
mandrel and cleaned with a diamond drill. When I open the
kiln after the beads are annealed it is like receiving a
special gift, it is truly awesome.
Caution: Beads are made of glass and can break. Handle
with care. Beads can be a choking hazard, keep away from
small children and pets.