What are lampwork beads? Well, I'm glad you asked. Lampwork beads are made using a torch called a burner. Most burners use duel fuels of propane and oxygen. This combination creates a very hot flame to melt solid glass into a moldable substance. It's funny, because I remember thinking that the glass will melt and drip like an icicle. But, that's not the case. Molten glass likes to stick to itself. So when melted, it draws back upon itself. With that property we are able to melt a section of glass rod and wrap it around a small metal rod, called a mandrel, and by building up layers of glass, we can create a wonderful piece of art. It's like a sculpture in glass, transforming before your eyes.
Little grains of sand that form truly unique glass treasures!
Lampwork beads are:
Oh, I'm so glad you asked. I can't wait to show you! This is a design of my own, and I'm very proud of it. It is my best selling jewelry item. Check it out:
Start with a really cool bead, like this Bubbly Raku Bead:
Add it to one of my really cool Changeable Pendant Necklaces, like this one! More are available in my shop.
A couple of simple findings, and VOILA! Instant Beauty, and you created it, all by yourself! And if you purchase one or more lampwork beads AND a Changeable Pendant Necklace, I'll make sure you have all the findings you need to fill the post and create your own custom designer necklace. And best of all, YOU are the designer!