Lovingly made by hand
Thanks for stopping by! Early in 1992 I
saw my first lampwork beads while vacationing in Arizona. The world stood still when I realized they
were made by hand....one at a time! Could it be that I could learn to do
such a thing? Play with FIRE? After purchasing a few beads, I decided to
give this amazing process a try so that I could individualize the jewelry I had
just started making. Finding a
teacher was my next order of business (not as simple in '92 as it is these
days!). To make
a long story short, I ended up purchasing a torch, some glass and Lewis Wilson's first
video at Glasscraft and just took off from there! I've been happily making "Cindybeads" ever
since! While I still continue to make and sell a little jewelry, there is
nothing like "melting" to fill my days with happiness!
The torch I use is the "Lynx" torch by
Technology, which mixes propane and oxygen at the surface
of the torch head. The Nortel Minor burner is also an excellent torch.
Most of my beads are made with Effetre glass made in Italy.
I have had good results, also, with Kugler, Bullseye and Uroboros glass and have
experimented a little with borosilicate and Satake glass.
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Please feel free to call
Glasscraft to register or for more information.
For those of you who live far
away but would like to learn this wonderful process, I'd suggest that you
contact your area stained glass shops--many of them provide beadmaking classes by local
artists. Also, please visit my
LINKS page to locate glass/tool suppliers and other spectacular glass and bead sites on the web!