I am a self representing artist and have been making lampwork beads since 2002.
I use CIM (Creation Is Messy), Effetre also known as Moretti, Reichenbach and Vetrofond glass to create my beads. It is glass that comes in rod form. I melt the glass with a torch. I wrap the glass around a stainless steel rod known as a mandrel that has been dipped in bead release to make the bead. Then I add more glass until I am happy with the size. Then I add more colors to create a design. It can be simple dots, stringer or a twistie made with several colors of glass. I also use my own handmade murrini and silver leaf or foil in my beads.
After I am finished making the beads I anneal them in a kiln which helps relieve the stress in the glass. Annealing the beads make them more strong and durable and less likely to break…
- Joined June 23, 2006