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Hi, welcome to Lampwork Jewels

I specialize making unique glass lampwork beads using an ancient technique.
I melt rods of glass using a torch flame then wrap the molten glass around a steel mandrel to form the bead core.

I craft each lampwork bead individually with meticulous care and attention to detail. Starting at the innermost core and building up layer upon layer, using colour for complexity within the depth of the bead and building the design from the center outwards. I like to take advantage of the alchemic nature of molten glass to achieve interesting and often unexpected results!

I only use the finest materials...soft glass from Italy and America and often include silver laden glass, fine silver and cubic zirconia because I love loads of sparkle and shine. I am inspired by how light will…

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  • Joined September 24, 2009

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About

Hi, welcome to Lampwork Jewels

I specialize making unique glass lampwork beads using an ancient technique.
I melt rods of glass using a torch flame then wrap the molten glass around a steel mandrel to form the bead core.

I craft each lampwork bead individually with meticulous care and attention to detail. Starting at the innermost core and building up layer upon layer, using colour for complexity within the depth of the bead and building the design from the center outwards. I like to take advantage of the alchemic nature of molten glass to achieve interesting and often unexpected results!

I only use the finest materials...soft glass from Italy and America and often include silver laden glass, fine silver and cubic zirconia because I love loads of sparkle and shine. I am inspired by how light will shine through or reflect off a finished bead and how this can shift the colours.

All of my beads are placed directly into a hot kiln to anneal them properly and ensure long lasting strength.. The final step is to clean them and inspect them carefully for flaws. Only my very best beads make it into my shop, unique lampwork beads of exquisite detail, heirloom quality & fine craftsmanship

Lampwork beads are used to make jewellery such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces but they can also be used in many other applications. They are also known as art glass beads and collected by connoisseurs around the world.

I have been making lampwork beads since 2002 it is my passion and joy, I would happily spend all day, every day melting glass.


Please be sure to read my shop policies and contact me with any queries before buying.

I am a self representing artist member no J3.

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