I have been working with beads as an art form since 1987. I have always loved glass in any form; stained glass, beads, vases, etc., so the move into lampworking (using a torch to melt and shape glass) to make beads was a natural one for me.
I started lampworking in April of 2003. I purchased a propane-oxygen torch, safety glasses, and a few tools. Then I spent approximately a month reading all that I could about ventilation, eye protection, and the safety aspects of lampworking.
And I started buying glass rods to make beads. Lots of glass rods!
My husband constructed my studio, which features an active ventilation system, stainless steel workbench, and 3 kilns. I use a Carlisle Mini CC propane-oxygen torch. My propane is piped from outside (with 4 safety valves/stops) and I use oxygen generators for my oxygen source. I also have a mini propane-oxygen jeweler’s torch for doing torch enameling and soldering for my enameled metal pieces.
I also have a mini propane-oxygen jeweler’s torch for doing torch enameling (melting and fusing powdered glass to metal) and soldering for my enameled metal pieces.
About Lampwork (Also Called Torchwork)
All of the beads on this site are made by me using glass rods and a propane-oxygen torch. Once the glass becomes molten, I shape it, then the finished bead goes in the kiln to slowly cool over 8 hours.
The slow cooling process is called annealing and helps reduce internal stress and strengthen the finished bead.
I love the ever-changing colors and shapes that appear when lampworking. My biggest inspirations are color, nature, and animals. If you have any questions about the glass bead making process, please feel free to contact me.
Each Piece Kiln-Annealed and Inspected
Each piece is created using a propane-oxygen torch and placed immediately in my digitally controlled kiln to cool and strengthen for 8+ hours after creation. I clean each bead with a diamond Dremel drill bit and inspect each piece to ensure the highest quality glass pieces.
- I list new beads and other artwork for sale on the shop page. I also have a few (5-7) items in my Etsy shop.
- Interested in seeing the goods fresh from the kiln? Please join my Facebook Art For Sale group for first dibs. Learn more about this group in this post.
- I also spend lots of time on my regular Facebook business page.
- Here are a list of brick and mortar galleries and other online venues where you can find my work.
Firefly Lampwork Mailing List
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