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For the first 10 years that I owned my hot head torch I would get it out, burn a bunch of beads that I would never get off the mandrels, put it away for a while and then be drawn back to it for another try. The last try, in 2005, stuck. Since then, I have been increasing my knowledge of hot glass with the help of the Michigan lampworkers who I have met through Lampworketc.com, a wonderful hot glass website. I work mostly on a mandrel making glass beads with my Bobcat torch, bottled propane, and an oxygen concentrators. Loving the flame as much as the glass, it is the perfect medium for me to create beads with a riot of colors that always remind me of my first box of 64 crayons. All my jewelry starts out with my lampworked beads, copper, silver, brass wire or sheet metal of different gauges. It is then formed into links, caps and other components. I use salt, ammonia, sulfur and more to change the color, etch the metals, and generally…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 18
  • Joined December 17, 2007

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Beads, Glass, Silver, Copper, Brass, Silk, Yarn, Solder, Shells

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Copper Glass And Recycled Trash By Tracy Bell

About

For the first 10 years that I owned my hot head torch I would get it out, burn a bunch of beads that I would never get off the mandrels, put it away for a while and then be drawn back to it for another try. The last try, in 2005, stuck. Since then, I have been increasing my knowledge of hot glass with the help of the Michigan lampworkers who I have met through Lampworketc.com, a wonderful hot glass website. I work mostly on a mandrel making glass beads with my Bobcat torch, bottled propane, and an oxygen concentrators. Loving the flame as much as the glass, it is the perfect medium for me to create beads with a riot of colors that always remind me of my first box of 64 crayons. All my jewelry starts out with my lampworked beads, copper, silver, brass wire or sheet metal of different gauges. It is then formed into links, caps and other components. I use salt, ammonia, sulfur and more to change the color, etch the metals, and generally change their overall appearances to suit my need for the component I am working on. My jewelry often starts off as a pile of parts and pieces that were not made for anything special. I then compile them into stunning pieces of jewelry that are as fun to look at as they are to wear.

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