I was able to offer more lampwork beads on my etsy site. I hope you like them. You’ll find some unique and beautiful designs as you can see from this sampling.
What are lampwork beads?
Lampwork is an old term used to describe beads made by melting glass with a flame and wrapping it around a metal rod. In the early days, people used to blow air through an oil lamp to create the necessary heat to melt the glass.
Today, artists use torches.
One of the important things to consider when purchasing lampwork beads is the method used to cool the beads. Many imported beads from India and China and a few other places use fiber blanket, sand, vermiculite or nothing at all to cool the beads. This cools the beads too fast and does not relieve the stress in the glass and they are more fragile.
Beads cooled with at true Annealing process in a kiln, however, are more stable and less breakable.
Artist made lampwork is usually of the highest quality versus commercial grade – it’s much less breakable, and beads are often very unique and made with more precision and care. They cost more, of course, but the quality is better and they are more stable.
Take a look at some of these videos to get a better idea of how these beautiful lampwork beads are crafted.