Handmade Lampwork Beads

Handmade Lampwork Beads

Lampwork beads are handmade one at a time by using a torch and a melting glass to make original glass beads. Occasionally, a bead can be made again, but it's rare that they're ever identical, making each bead one of a kind.
August 21, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Lampwork Beads For A Unique Pair Of Earrings

Lampwork Beads For A Unique Pair Of Earrings

The art of lampworking is a centuries-old technique for creating beautiful and unique works of glass. Traditionally, the process involved using oil lamps to carefully and precisely mold liquid glass into intricately designed pieces. For most of its history, this technique was restricted to only a handful of artisans in Europe, but the quality of the pieces it produced was too eye-catching to ignore.

Lampworking caught on slowly in America with artists working from scratch to perfect something they had no formal instruction in. Today, the process has been refined enough that lampwork glass beads can be used for just about any kind of jewelry. 

A Gift that Keeps Giving!

A Gift that Keeps Giving!

Have you received handmade, beaded earrings? If so, you know the time and creativity spent in making those earrings. However, you also relish in the thoughtfulness of the person who gave them to you. It takes a special person to pick out the right set of earrings for a person.

Handmade, beaded earrings, are one of a kind. An artist makes these gems and is not in the business of "mass production." Each piece is cleverly designed, knowing that the person who will receive the earrings will love and cherish the unique gift.

January 19, 2017 by SWCreations Jewelry
Why Lampwork Beads are Ideal Centerpieces

Why Lampwork Beads are Ideal Centerpieces

Jewelry has long been a favored way to showcase one's personality and individual tastes. Crystals, gemstones, and interesting patterns are woven in a variety of colors and themes to match any taste. Lampwork beads take that individual preference a step further. Lampwork beads are hand blown beads that are shaped and molded to create unique designs and shapes.
November 22, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
Lampwork Beads: Sheer Imagination

Lampwork Beads: Sheer Imagination

Imagine it: an artist, thinking outside the box, experiments with melting a bit of glass in the heat of a cooking fire.  Centuries later another artist successfully melts glass in the flame of an oil lamp using his own breath as a bellows.  Imagine their excitement as they roll the glass into a small bead.  Oh, the possibilities! For another several centuries, artists continued to use lamps for their heat source, producing unique beads, hence the name lampwork beads

Express Yourself By Choosing Unique Lampwork Earrings

pink lampwork earringsEarrings are a particularly simple way to express your individual style since they are worn near the face and easily observed by others.  The availability of earring styles is never-ending and they are suitable for any occasion. Earrings are created from an enormous variety of materials.  Whether your style is daring or demure, Bohemian or classic chic, one-of-a-kind Lampwork earrings are a great way to show your originality and make your wardrobe stand out in a crowd.

Do you love to express your personality with unique jewelry?  Are you always looking for unique pieces to add to your collection?  Maybe you are looking for a special gift, with a special someone in mind.  Your friend or loved one will always appreciate a pair of handmade earrings, carefully chosen by you, especially for them!

What is Lampwork?  

Lampworking is the art of forming glass beads using a flame.  Since open flame has been used to create glass objects for centuries, there is no real way to know the age of the lampworking craft.  However, beads made from glass date back as far as Mesopotamian civilizations.  Other ancient glass artisans include early Romans, Egyptians and early Islamic people in the Mediterranean. 

Lampwork beads are made by applying very high heat directly to colored glass.  The glass is then manipulated through a variety of techniques, as it is layered around a specially coated rod.  The finished beads are then used to create memorable jewelry items, for every desire.  When combined with high-quality crystals, such as those made by the Austrian company, Swarovski, the result is exquisite!

Contact us to find unique jewelry gifts, or to enhance your own style with our high-quality lampwork beads. Each carefully crafted piece is handmade in our own studio!

September 03, 2015 by SWCreations Jewelry

The Unpredictable Beauty of Lampwork Beads

Lampwork beadsLampwork beads are a special kind of alchemy produced when fire meets the glass. They're tiny masterpieces of color and technique, each made by hand through a painstaking process of many delicate steps. Look closely at the jewelry made from lampwork beads: The beads may match, but they're never quite identical. Each one is a miniature sculpture of glassworking art.

This is what makes lampwork bead jewelry so unique. You'll never meet anyone wearing exactly the same thing, which makes this the perfect gift for someone who stands out from the crowd. Larger lampwork beads are often used as stunning centerpieces of necklaces or bracelets since even a single bead creates a statement.

Working with high heat and molten glass is tricky and exacting, but it's a fascinating process to watch. Each bead is constructed on a specially-prepared steel rod called a mandrel. The bead is built as molten glass wraps around the mandrel, creating the bead's hole. The artist uses a high-heat torch to melt thin rods of colored or transparent glass, which are expertly applied to the surface of the bead to form patterns. Some lampwork artists fuse thin layers of gold or silver to the bead. And some of the most fabulous beads result from "accidents."

But all this exacting work can be ruined if the glass cracks as it cools, so the artists use a slow process called "annealing" to make sure that each layer of each bead cools at an even rate.

All this is why lampwork glass beads are so highly prized, both for their beauty and their individuality.

Contact us to find out more about handmade lampwork bead jewelry