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My name is Kari Chittenden SRA #C-67. I originally began bead making in 2000 as a fun way to stay connected with my daughter, Chelsea. At the time, Chelsea was just starting Jr. High School and hanging out with a new set of friends. She was spending less time at home and I got concerned. Then, I saw an ad in our local newspaper about a lampwork bead-making class. Chelsea and I have always enjoyed artistic hobbies so the ad got my attention. It was important for me to find ways to keep my daughter interested in hanging out at home, so I signed up for the class.

Chelsea was just 12 years old when I took that first lesson and for once, my plan worked like a charm! She loved making beads with me. I'd come home from my lesson, set up the equipment and teach her what I had learned. We would take turns at the torch and it was really fun. Later, Chelsea would invite her new friends over to the house and…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 5
  • Joined September 12, 2008

Favorite materials

glass, silver, leather, stone, found objects

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About

My name is Kari Chittenden SRA #C-67. I originally began bead making in 2000 as a fun way to stay connected with my daughter, Chelsea. At the time, Chelsea was just starting Jr. High School and hanging out with a new set of friends. She was spending less time at home and I got concerned. Then, I saw an ad in our local newspaper about a lampwork bead-making class. Chelsea and I have always enjoyed artistic hobbies so the ad got my attention. It was important for me to find ways to keep my daughter interested in hanging out at home, so I signed up for the class.

Chelsea was just 12 years old when I took that first lesson and for once, my plan worked like a charm! She loved making beads with me. I'd come home from my lesson, set up the equipment and teach her what I had learned. We would take turns at the torch and it was really fun. Later, Chelsea would invite her new friends over to the house and she would teach them!

As a 12 year old, my daughter only wanted to make cute little animal beads. With a lot of trial and error, I think we came up with many cute designs.

My daughter (now almost 30) is currently a math teacher with 4 kids of her own. We continue to enjoy a very close relationship and I couldn't be more proud of her.

The next step for me is to continue to find my way into publications and bead competitions. I would also like to travel and teach bead making outside of my home state.

A customer recently asked why this craft is called Lampworking. The glass technique I use is called lampworking because it originated with the ancient Egyptians who melted glass over oil lamps. I melt glass over a torch but otherwise use the same techniques they did 2000 years ago.

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