BelaVidro

Bela Vidro is Portuguese for "Beautiful Glass".

Kennedy, Alabama 29 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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BelaVidro

Bela Vidro is Portuguese for "Beautiful Glass".

Kennedy, Alabama | 29 Sales

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Karen Tomlin

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About BelaVidro

Sales 29
On Etsy since 2016

Bela Vidro means "beautiful glass" in Portuguese.

How it all began….
I have always created things as far back as I can remember. As a child, I remember spending hours digging clay from a bank in my back yard so I could make small dishes and vessels to later paint and sell. Then there was the rock phase! I collected, washed, sorted and painted hundreds of rocks for my roadside store. I spent a great deal of time carefully selecting the color and design combinations for my rocks– well, as much time as a seven year old can spend on such an activity. I moved through many more artistic phases during my teen years and young adulthood (pottery, quilting, macramé and even Scherenschnitte meaning "scissor cuts" in German which is the art of cutting delicate designs from parchment paper). Then in my early 40’s, I found my passion – glass!

While on vacation at the beach and merely by chance, I saw a local artist demonstrating the art of lampworking. I was instantly hooked. I came home almost feeling giddy and began to research what it would take to set up my own studio. And as they say, the rest is history. To me, melting glass is an almost meditative experience – the hiss of the torch, the heat of the flame, and the glow of the molten glass creates a very relaxing environment. That was in 2005 and I have been obsessed with glass ever since.

By day, I am an educational administrator. By night, a self-taught pyromaniac. I specialize in handmade Artisan lampwork pieces (jewelry, key chains, letter openers, book markers etc.) and Stained Glass. Every piece is handmade by me from conception through completion. Most people are familiar with the art of stained glass, but the art of lampworking is not as well known. Lampworking is the ancient technique of using a very hot flame to melt glass. It involves the process of melting and winding colored glass rods using a very hot flame (produced by a specialized torch) onto a mandrel (stainless steel rod) then using specialized tools and gravity to shape the glass into different forms. The molten glass is wound around the mandrel until the desired size and shape is achieved. Once the form is achieved, additional surface decorations are applied. The glass can be embellished with additional molten glass, fine silver or gold leaf. Each bead is individually made over a flame which can be very time consuming. All my beads are kiln annealed overnight. The annealing process slowly reduces the temperature of the hot glass (which removes the stress from the glass) resulting in very strong and durable glass beads. Due to the nature of the art, each bead is one of a kind and considered to be artwork that is wearable. I hope you enjoy wearing your work of art as much as I enjoyed creating it!!!

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