(aka flameworking) is an ancient art developed thousands
of years ago, no doubt as early man sought to adorn
himself (and herself!) with beautiful beads! It
is the art of making beads by melting glass rods
in the flame of a torch and winding the molten glass
around a steel rod or "mandrel" which
has a clay-based release agent on it to keep the
glass from bonding to the steel. The rod must be
evenly rotated to center the hot glass. The bead
can be shaped and decorated using a variety of simple
tools, all the while keeping the glass at a molten
state. The flameworked bead is then placed in a
kiln and held at 950 degrees to anneal, which aligns
the glass molecules making the glass bead stable.
bead is a bit of magic, made from glass and fire,
lovingly hand-crafted from the heart and soul of the
out Lea's new Etsy Shop for beads & jewelry,
new items added daily! See www.leazinke.etsy.com!
to my web site, the home of lampwork beads
and custom jewelry. For those of you who are
not yet familiar with the magical world of
lampwork beads, please take a moment to read
the history and background of lampworking
you wander through the site, enjoy the sampling
of my art and feel free to contact me for
information regarding custom orders. The beads
shown in my Gallery are examples of my work.
While specific beads are not necessarily still
available, feel free to inquire about a particular
style of bead that you may be interested in.
Also, please check my show schedule and if
I'm visiting your neighborhood, do stop by
and introduce yourself! That way you can see
your favorite styles in person!
Watch for brand new items on eBay coming this
year -- see Seller ID "beadme".
Stop by to see some new twists on your old favorites!
online shopping cart for direct purchase!
Thanks for stopping
Lea's Etsy Shop: http://www.leazinke.etsy.com