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Jennifer Findlay Glass Art

Handmade Glass Beads & Unique Jewellery

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Website: www.jenniferfindlay.com.au

Email: jennifer@jenniferfindlay.com.au

How Lampwork / Flamework Beads are Made

Lampworking, or flameworking, is a centuries old technique of making glass beads. Older traditional methods involved the use of oil lamps, hence the name "lampworking". And even though lamps and bellows have been replaced by propane and oxygen fuelled torches, the magic remains the same.

Rods of glass are heated in the torch until molten and then wound around a steel mandrel - this creates the hole through the bead. The glass is wound on, shaped, decorated and flame polished, a process that is simple to learn yet difficult to master.
Once the bead is complete it is then placed into a kiln which runs through an annealing cycle. This relieves the stress in the glass that the heating and manipulation of the lampworking process has created. After annealing, the beads are removed from the mandrels and cleaned.

All my beads are hand made by me in my studio in Sydney, Australia and go through the proper annealing process. I primarily use soft glass from Italy and the US, for its quality, vibrancy and colour range. My unique beads will enhance and complement your jewellery designs beautifully.

 

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Jennifer  Findlay 2010-2015