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When i realized that real people could make glass beads, i got very excited and bought a propane torch at walmart, i picked up some broken bottles, and started melting glass. With a lot of internet research, i managed to make some actual beads! I got better glass, and supplies, and have been making lampwork beads for about 9 years now, in the back of my New Mexico garage.

As the sun shines brightly in New Mexico about 350 days out of the year, i have a natural interest in color and light, and this has drawn me to an appreciation of transparent glass in my bead-making. I often use fine silver foil as a means of encouraging more light to reflect through the colored glass "from the inside" so that the colors i use shine forth even more brightly. Or, i can produce a "reflective outer surface" by chemically reducing the silver residue on glass, and this results in enjoyably unpredictable metallic…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 8
  • Joined February 21, 2010

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When i realized that real people could make glass beads, i got very excited and bought a propane torch at walmart, i picked up some broken bottles, and started melting glass. With a lot of internet research, i managed to make some actual beads! I got better glass, and supplies, and have been making lampwork beads for about 9 years now, in the back of my New Mexico garage.

As the sun shines brightly in New Mexico about 350 days out of the year, i have a natural interest in color and light, and this has drawn me to an appreciation of transparent glass in my bead-making. I often use fine silver foil as a means of encouraging more light to reflect through the colored glass "from the inside" so that the colors i use shine forth even more brightly. Or, i can produce a "reflective outer surface" by chemically reducing the silver residue on glass, and this results in enjoyably unpredictable metallic and organic patterns.

I really enjoy working with folks i have met through etsy. It is usually when i am approached by a customer who has a specific color/shape/size of bead in mind, and they ask me if i can do it for them, that i find myself trying new things and learning!--thank you for that. :-D

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