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How I make my beads


Lampworking 101


I create each glass bead individually over a surface-mix torch fueled with propane and oxygen, a processknown as lampworking, which dates back to the Middle Ages. The temperature ranges from 1200 to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. I use Effetre glass rods from Frantz Art Glass, Bullseye rods from Portland, Oregon, and Olympic rods from Seattle, Washington. I wind molten glass around a specially-prepared steel mandrel to form a base bead and then shape and decorate it to achieve the desired effect. The finished bead is cooled slowly in a kiln for about six hours starting at 960 degrees.

You can learn more about Lampworking here.

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