Glass has long fascinated humanity with its remarkable clarity, versatility, and captivating beauty. Its creation involves transforming humble ingredients like sand, soda ash, and limestone into a molten substance that can be shaped and molded into various forms. Among its many applications, glass is particularly cherished in the world of jewelry-making, where it is transformed into dazzling beads that adorn necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating process of glassmaking and explore how glass beads are meticulously crafted for the purpose of creating exquisite jewelry.
Lampworking, also known as flame working, is a type of glasswork that involves manipulating glass rods and tubes with a torch to create various beads, shapes and designs. The process involves the following steps:
Preparation: The glass rods or tubes are cleaned and cut to the desired length. Colors may be mixed or layered together in smaller rods to use in projects.
I use lampwork beads a lot in my work, I pick them out especially by hand. But rather than just talk about the designs, let get into how they are made. Lampwork beads are unique as they are made by hand and out of molten glass. The technique used to make them is called lampworking, hence where the name comes from.