Handcrafted Lampworked Glass Bead Jewelry & Accessories

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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For over fifteen years, I have been creating one-of-a-kind glass beads by melting rods of glass with a propane/oxygen torch and winding the molten material around a steel rod called a mandrel. Because glass is so malleable, I can make beads that are classic in shape, free-flowing abstract styles, and anything in between by embellishing them with colors, textures, and imagination. I combine my beads with wire, natural stones, and other materials to create original pieces of jewelry and festive accessories for your table such as cheese knives, canape servers, salad servers, candy trays, and wine charms. The variety of glass rod colors, the chemistry that causes incredible reactions between the various colors/types of glass, and my own hand in the process keep me fascinated with my chosen medium.

I am a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster Designer Chapter. You can find my work at the Guild Store, 335 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA and at select fine craft shows. I also create custom pieces. If you would like a special something just for you, let’s talk about it!


Lampworking is a type of glasswork. A gas and oxygen fueled torch is used to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass so it can be manipulated by the artisan. The most popular glass for lampworking is soda-lime glass called Effetre or Moretti. This glass is manufactured in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, China and America. I source my glass from glassmaking supply stores in the United States.

The glass must be introduced to the flame slowly to prevent thermal shock cracking. It is heated until molten and wound around a mandrel, a specially-coated steel rod that allows the glass to release from it when the bead is cooled. It can then be decorated using a variety of techniques and materials. All parts of the work are maintained at proper temperatures to avoid thermal shock. Completed works must be annealed (a controlled slow cooling in a special oven) to again prevent thermal shock. After annealing, a diamond reamer is used to clean the mandrel residue in the holes of each bead. This process ensures perfection on the inside to match the beauty of the bead on the outside.

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