Posts tagged 'beads'

Lampwork Glass Course With Angelika Kaufmann

Last weekend I spent a fantastic two days at Tuffnell Glass on a lampworking course with Angelika Kaufmann who taught us some new techniques for controlling hair thin strands of glass to draw onto a bead! We started with flower beads before moving onto making butterflies and and owl bead on the first day. Here’s […]
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Lampwork Beads and CIM Sunset

I’ve been playing around with various new glass colours that are now available in the UK and I particularly like the new ‘Sunset’ CIM colour.  It seems so versatile, especially when different subtle shades can be encouraged from the glass by applying different heat.  It’s also great when encased in clear. I thinks it’s my […]
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Heart to Heart Lampwork Beads

I have been making lots of lampwork hearts at the moment as the shape is interesting to work with and, well, who doesn’t like a heart!  I also have to think about what decorations I can apply to such an irregular shape. I particularly like them when they’ve been in the stone tumbler (like the […]
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Beaded Bead Tutorial - Charm Beads

New Beaded Charm Bead Tutorial

I love making beaded beads, especially if they’re easy and quick to make. With that in mind, I’ve written this detailed beaded bead tutorial to make these stunning, but quick, charm beads which take under 30 minutes each. All you need are some fire-polished beads in your choice of colour and a selection of Toho seed beads. […]
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Making Lampwork Beads In My Workshop

I’ve just uploaded a little video from my workshop, shot in timelapse as the morning sun shines through the window across the glass on my work bench, and while I make some beads. The photography’s by www.newfocusphoto.com.

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Maraschino CiM Glass

I recently bought some Creation is Messy (CiM) maraschino glass and it’s a lovely bright red.  It encases white beautifully and gives it a transparent red-orange colour, as in the swirly lampwork beads below.  Some colours of glass can boil easily, but I’ve found this particular colour to be fairly stable and easy to use. […]
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Spacer Beads – New Designs

I’ve had lots of fun making lampwork spacer beads and had plenty of feedback, so I’ve decided to add three new types of beads to the website. I’ve used Double Helix Gaia and Kalypso, which give some lovely effects and colours and Effetre Silver Black, which has a gorgeous matte ‘pearlescent’ type finish in shades […]
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Spacer Beads

Recently I’ve been asked whether I can make spacer beads, so I though it would be a good idea to include a section on the website specifically for lampwork glass spacers.  I’ve concentrated on silvered Double Helix beads as these are beautiful and very shiny when incorporated into jewellery designs. They also look particularly good […]
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Using Effetre Calico Glass

I bought this interesting Effetre glass called Calico and, to be honest, was quite uninspired when it arrived.  However, I thought I’d have a go at making some beads to see what effects I could tease out of it. I made a dark ivory base and wrapped calico glass around to the correct size for […]
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Lampwork Heart Bead Press

I had to collect a parcel from the main Post Office today and, to my surprise, it was my bead presses I’d ordered! How could I forget that I’d ordered them? Anyhow, I’ve had a great play with them and love both shapes, which seem to be quite easy to use. This is the first […]
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