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:

  1. 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.

  2. Melting: The glass is heated using a gas torch until it reaches a molten state and can be wound around stainless steel rods to create beads. It can also be left as free form for marbles or sculptures.

  3. Shaping: The molten glass is then manipulated using tools and techniques such as blowing, twisting, and pulling to create various shapes and designs. Layering the glass can create shapes like flowers or interesting reactions between different colors. 

  4. Cooling: Once the desired shape is achieved, the glass is slowly cooled using a kiln or annealing oven to prevent it from cracking due to thermal shock.

  5. Finishing: After the glass has cooled, it may be polished, etched, or further shaped to achieve the final desired look.

Lampworking can be used to create a wide range of objects, including beads, pendants, sculptures, and glassware. It requires skill and practice to master, as the glass must be carefully controlled to avoid cracking or breaking during the process.

lavender pink floral lampwork bead

March 19, 2023 — Stephanie White

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