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Glass Bead Jewelry

Discussion in 'Jewelry & Accessories' started by narra, Jun 5, 2010.

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    while i am browsing i found some unique and elegant designs made with glass.
    source:Sandy's Glass Bead Jewelry

    The Glass Bead Process: How to Make a Bead :
    Have you ever wondered about the process to make a glass bead? The glass beadmaking craft has been around for centuries, and while the tools may have changed, the art is still basically the same. Today's beadmakers use a variety of torches to form their craft where years ago the beads were heated over oil-burning lamps, deriving the term "Lampwork." The torch I use is an oxygen propane mixture, which easily heats the glass rods to their melting point at 1600 degrees. Once the glass becomes pliable and soft, it takes on a honey-like form that can be "dripped" over a coated mandrel (a wire rod) to form the bead. You must continually turn the mandrel when the glass is in this semi-liquid state, or gravity will take the round shape out of your bead.


    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif][COLOR=#2]Once the basic glass bead is laid over the mandrel, you add additional color layers to form a design. Sometimes the surface of the bead is raked, poked, or dotted, and sometimes the bead is completely encased in clear or other colors. I also use foils and enamels to enhance the decoration on my beads. Once complete, the bead on its mandrel is put in a kiln to gradually cool over several hours. If this process is omitted, you may have a bead that is unstable over time. [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif][COLOR=#2]Completed beads are removed from the mandrel and cleaned. The time it takes to make a bead or complete a piece of jewelry depends greatly on the detail put into each bead. [/COLOR][/FONT]
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    [​IMG] Starfish on Rocks Necklace

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif][SIZE=-1]Crab Necklace - $89 [/SIZE][/FONT]
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    Green Starfish on Rocks - $350
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    Lampworked Earrings by sandy:

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    Lampworked Glass and Sterling Bracelets :

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