metal lampwork beads

Metallic Magic: Infusing Metals into Lampwork Beads

Incorporating metals into beads adds a distinct charm, resulting in a one-of-a-kind appearance shaped by your technique. The inclusion of silver offers the possibility of crafting silver, gold, or dual-toned effects through careful encasement. By combining transparent glass colors, metals can take on silver, gold, purple, turquoise, orange, yellow, teal, or even fuchsia shades when applied strategically.
handmade lampwork beads

Handmade vs Mass-Produced Lampwork Beads Pros & Cons

Jewelry making is a timeless art that allows artisans to express their creativity through the intricate combination of beads, components, and gemstones. Aspiring jewelry makers often find themselves at a crossroads when selecting the perfect materials for their designs. In this article, we will explore about handmade lampwork beads vs. mass-produced lampwork beads. What are the pros and cons to using these types of beads in your beaded jewelry. 

July 25, 2023 — Stephanie White
frit lampwork beads

Frit Lampwork Beads: Harnessing the Vibrant Palette of Glass Frit

Frit is a term used to describe crushed or ground glass particles, which are available in various sizes and colors. In lampwork beadmaking, frit is a versatile and essential material used by glass artists to add texture, color, and dimension to their creations. The application of frit glass pieces involves melting them onto the surface of hot glass, allowing them to fuse and become an integral part of the bead design.
July 22, 2023 — Stephanie White
Getting Started with Lampwork: Unleash Your Creativity in Glass

Getting Started with Lampwork: Unleash Your Creativity in Glass

Lampworking, also known as flame working or glassblowing, is a mesmerizing art form that allows you to create intricate glass objects using a torch flame. Whether you're interested in making delicate glass beads, sculptures, or functional items, lampworking offers a unique and rewarding creative outlet. If you're eager to dive into this fascinating craft, this article will guide you through the essential steps to get started with lampwork.
July 10, 2023 — Stephanie White
Lampwork Scrap Glass Focal Beads

Lampwork Scrap Glass Focal Beads

When working with glass beads, it is not uncommon to encounter a shocky rod that releases small pieces of glass. Initially, these fragments may seem insignificant, often leading to their disposal through vacuuming. However, these little glass pieces possess tremendous potential to be transformed into beautiful and distinct focal lampwork beads. Even leftover stringers can find their place within these creations.
July 08, 2023 — Stephanie White
Applying Dichroic Glass on Lampwork Beads

Applying Dichroic Glass on Lampwork Beads

One thing I learned recently from Hillary Lawson was to apply the dichroic glass on upside down. In the past, I was applying it on with the glass on top and the dichroic facing my bead, but this method is harder because there ends up being more glass to smooth out. When I did it in reverse, it lays the dichroic glass down cleaner. You still have to encase it, but it just works so much better this way.
March 12, 2023 — Stephanie White