Lampwork Glass Beads 1 of 6
Photo of the glass rods available for purchase and the main staple of a Lampworker. This "raw" form of the glass is melted in the heat of a flame and wrapped around a steel mandrel in order to make a bead. The mandrel is what provides the hole in the bead so that it can be used in jewelry making.
Lampwork Glass Beads 5 of 6Lampwork Glass Beads 5 of 66 years ago in Artisan Crafts More Like This
Close up of the finished product!
A combination of opaque colors (cobalt blue, pea green, white) and transparent colors (dark blue, light green, black) were used on this piece. Yes, black is a transparent color and not an opaque in this field. Crazy huh?
If you look carefully, you can see that the large cobalt blue bead that the froggie sits on has swirls of transparent light green in it). Raised dots in transparent light green and dark blue are made in a variety of appliciations. Transparents really bring out the sparkle of the glass and add interest!
Lampwork Glass Beads 2 of 6Lampwork Glass Beads 2 of 66 years ago in Artisan Crafts More Like This
A view of the Lampwork Workstations showing the ventilation that is required as well as surfaces that are fireproofed.