Lampwork & Glass Beads



Lampwork Beads
The  art of beadmaking by winding molten glass around a steel mandrel is  often referred to as "Lampworking". This is because the early glass  beadmakers in Venice used oil lamps as their heat source for melting the  glass.
Lampworking is a skill that takes a great deal of practice  and patience. A lampwork bead artist understands the glass and the  torch, and must learn how much heat it takes for glass to flow, how much  heat can be applied to a bead that's already shaped before it becomes  molten again and loses shape, when to add decorative elements and how  different colors of glass interact with each other.
Hand crafted  glass beads can be as plain or as decorative as the artist likes.  Multiple layers of glass are often used, switching colors to create the  desired look. Small dots of color can be left as bumps on the bead's  surface or plunged into the center where they form floral-like designs.   Each bead is a work of art.

Glass Beads
Glass  beads are a fascinating, beautiful creation. They have functioned as  currency, gifts, works of art and symbols of high status. They are  recorded as being created, traded, and worn as jewelry by the earliest  civilized societies. Glass beads are usually categorized by the method  used to manipulate the glass - wound beads, drawn beads, and molded  beads. There are nearly as many types of glass beads as there are colors  in the spectrum.