Where I Make Glass Beads

Welcome to my summer lamp working studio.  I work with City gas and an oxygen concentrator.  My glass is mostly moretti or scrap class that I find or friends give me. 

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My lamp working station with home made arm rests (cigar boxes).  The top of the table is an old door protected with pieces of thick aluminum flashing.    I drilled holes in a wood block to hold the mandrels.  I only make lampworked beads in the summer when I can have the windows open and the air moving.

 

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The workshop.  I batch anneal and when the kiln is on the area around it is cleared!

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Glass shards

 

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Stringers pulled from scrap glass

 

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Disk beads and silvered glass.  I wear a respirator when I am working with fine silver in the torch.

Blended and Silvered

Here I’ve mixed blue and green scraps and added some silver.  I don’t know the COE of these glasses but they behave  similarly and I think they must be very close in COE if not the same.

 

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More beads

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My home made mashers (rebent barbeque tongs)

 

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From the Dollar Store, these also work as mashers but you have to quench them in water to keep the glass from sticking.

I’ve made a lot of beads this summer.  I even like some of them.  I will share them with you in a later post.

4 responses to “Where I Make Glass Beads

  1. Great studio and I love the painted chair! Lack of studio space keeps me from delving into lamp work. Every year I contemplate taking a class in glass bead making at Bead&Button, but then I come to my senses and realize that I already am involved in more mediums than I have time for…so many beads, so little time!

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