What's New & Warm Up Winter with Lampwork Beads

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New Beads:

Devil Black Soft Frosted 8mm Glass Beads
Devil Black Soft Frosted Glass Beads


Ladies Romantic Purple Gothic Victorian Bracelet & Ring
Ladies Purple Gothic Victorian Bracelet & Ring

Beautiful Rose Pink Howlite Turquoise Beads - 6mm or 14mm
Rose PinkTurquoise  6mm or 14mm

Gleaming Venetian Murano Glass Button Beads
Gleaming Venetian Murano Glass Button

Passionate Pink Shiny Rice Pearls
Passionate Pink
Shiny Rice Pearls


Delightful Bright Spring-Flower Fimo Bead Bracelet

Bright Spring-Flower Fimo Bead Bracelet

Over-300 Delightful Ski-Blue Fimo Heishi Beads
300 Delightful Ski-Blue Fimo Heishis

Over-300 Delightful Hot-Pink Fimo Heishi Beads
300 Delightful Hot-Pink Fimo Heishis

2 Large Sky-Blue Realistic Starfish Beads
Large Sky-Blue Realistic Starfish

10 Large Gleaming Wavy Web Agate Beads - Beautiful Sheen!
Large Gleaming Wavy Web Agate Beads

Faceted Daring Fire-Red Agate Beads - 6mm
FAC Faceted Daring Fire-Red Agate

22 Large Gleaming Agate Chunky Button Beads - looks like marble!
Large Gleaming Agate Chunky Button Beads

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Warm up this Winter with Lampwork Beads!
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The "lamp" in lampwork came from the oil lamps and blowpipes used in seventeenth century France and Italy. Blowing by mouth or bellows into an oil lamp flame with a small pipe makes just enough heat to soften and form this type of glass. It's amazing the great work the early lampworkers were able to do with so little equipment. Hot glass-working skills originated from the Syrians around 1700 BC, the Egyptians 1450 BC, the Chinese around 550 BC, the Romans at the turn of the first millennium. Today lampworkers usually use an oxygen torch, but the technique to form and decorate the glass hasnít changed much for thousands of years.             
Choosing Lampwork Beads                      
As usual with handcrafted items, the quality is equal to the expertise of its maker. Choose beaded jewelry in a style you like, but remember that style isn't the only thing you must consider when buying handcrafted glass beads. Air bubbles should not normally be visible in the bead Ė although some beadmakers use these as design elements, but they are normally round or positioned in specific areas. The bead hole should be free of nicks or burrs. Jagged edges around the hole produce a wobbly bead that can eventually cut through beading wire. Check that the shapes of beads. They're handcrafted, so expect some variations, thatís part of their charm, but the overall look should be attractive.
How are Lampwork Beads actually Make?    
Lampworkers use a torch to melt the tips of glass rods, and then wind the molten glass around a mandrel, a narrow stainless steel rod. Later, when the bead is removed, the space occupied by the mandrel becomes the hole used to string the bead. Glass cools from the outside in and the outer layers shrink as they cool. Bringing a bead out of the flame and leaving it in the open air allows the outside of the bead to cool rapidly around its molten interior. However, a stress point develops between the cool shrinking glass and the hot center, which can cause a bead to crack immediately or at a later time. To prevent cracks, the beads are soaked in a kiln to make sure that all glass within them is the same temperature. After soaking the artist reduces the kilnís heat over several hours to bring the beads to room temperature.                                 to top of page

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Christmas Bead GiftsChristmas creeps up faster than you expect.  Beaded jewellery makes great lasting presents.  Get your order in early to allow plenty of time to arrive and make up.

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