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The Birth of a Wonkets Bead – Lampworking $

The Birth of a Wonkets Bead – Lampworking

The Birth of a Wonkets Bead – Lampworking

"Wonkets" handmade glass beads are created by a process called lampworking, rendering one-of-a-kind unique beads and jewelry.

The birth of a bead - lampworking

Lampworking is a process where rods of glass are melted in an oxygen/propane torch that burns at about 1500 degrees.  The melted glass is twisted, wound, turned, dabbed and otherwise applied to a special metal rod, called a mandrel.  Sometimes different colors or kinds of glass are mixed, and often decorations of contrasting glass are added.

From there, the beads are heated in a special kiln, to set their shape and harden the glass.

Lampworking is also known as flameworking or torchworking, since the original art used oil lamps to heat the glass, and the modern method uses torches. Lampworking is a very old art form, with the exact origins difficult to pin down. We do know that lampworking was widely practiced in Italy in the 14th century. Today, lampworking is carried on by artists and artisans world-wide.

Julie with lampworking torch

It is a different process from blown glass, since the glass is melted but not blown. But lampworking is every bit as fascinating.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Birth of a Wonkets Bead – Lampworking

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"Wonkets" handmade glass beads are created by a process called lampworking, rendering one-of-a-kind unique beads and jewelry.

The birth of a bead - lampworking

Lampworking is a process where rods of glass are melted in an oxygen/propane torch that burns at about 1500 degrees.  The melted glass is twisted, wound, turned, dabbed and otherwise applied to a special metal rod, called a mandrel.  Sometimes different colors or kinds of glass are mixed, and often decorations of contrasting glass are added.

From there, the beads are heated in a special kiln, to set their shape and harden the glass.

Lampworking is also known as flameworking or torchworking, since the original art used oil lamps to heat the glass, and the modern method uses torches. Lampworking is a very old art form, with the exact origins difficult to pin down. We do know that lampworking was widely practiced in Italy in the 14th century. Today, lampworking is carried on by artists and artisans world-wide.

Julie with lampworking torch

It is a different process from blown glass, since the glass is melted but not blown. But lampworking is every bit as fascinating.  Read the rest of this entry »

Amber Taffy Set – Chicken Run Dinner Donation 2013 $

Amber Taffy Set – Chicken Run Dinner Donation 2013

Amber Taffy Set – Chicken Run Dinner Donation 2013

Wonkets teams up with Streets Alive Mission again this year for the 4th Annual Chicken Run Dinner!

This amazing "Amber Taffy" necklace and bracelet set will only be available at the dinner, tonight, August 13th.

"Amber Taffy" is a custom creation by Julie Kissick, our resident designer and artisan.  Hand lamp-worked double-pyramid iridescent glass beads. The details in these beads are mesmerizing, with blue, amber, and purple highlights dancing in the glass.

The necklace includes 3 of these feature taffy-shaped glass beads, and the bracelet boasts 5 large beads with a custom-designed class. These feature beads are off-set with amber glass beads and small silver-coloured accents.

The set has a suggested value of $220 - but of course it's completely one-of-a-kind, making it a truly priceless treasure!

The "Amber Taffy" set will be available for auction at the Chicken Run Dinner. A lucky individual will take home this lovely combo.

Amber Taffy necklace bracelet set

 

Make sure to bring some extra cash to dinner with you tonight. Remember: All proceeds from the Dinner and auctions go to support Streets Alive Mission.

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Amber Taffy Set – Chicken Run Dinner Donation 2013

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Wonkets teams up with Streets Alive Mission again this year for the 4th Annual Chicken Run Dinner!

This amazing "Amber Taffy" necklace and bracelet set will only be available at the dinner, tonight, August 13th.

"Amber Taffy" is a custom creation by Julie Kissick, our resident designer and artisan.  Hand lamp-worked double-pyramid iridescent glass beads. The details in these beads are mesmerizing, with blue, amber, and purple highlights dancing in the glass.

The necklace includes 3 of these feature taffy-shaped glass beads, and the bracelet boasts 5 large beads with a custom-designed class. These feature beads are off-set with amber glass beads and small silver-coloured accents.

The set has a suggested value of $220 - but of course it's completely one-of-a-kind, making it a truly priceless treasure!

The "Amber Taffy" set will be available for auction at the Chicken Run Dinner. A lucky individual will take home this lovely combo.

Amber Taffy necklace bracelet set

 

Make sure to bring some extra cash to dinner with you tonight. Remember: All proceeds from the Dinner and auctions go to support Streets Alive Mission.

Wonkets gets SOCIAL! $

Wonkets gets SOCIAL!

Wonkets gets SOCIAL!

How many places can you find us now? Wonkets is just about EVERYWHERE on social media!

Wonkets website: http://wonkets.ca/

Wonkets on facebook Facebook: http://facebook.com/Wonkets

Wonkets on twitter Twitter: http://twitter.com/Wonkets

Wonkets on youtube YouTube: http://youtube.com/Wonkets

Wonkets on Pinterest Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/Wonkets

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Wonkets gets SOCIAL!

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How many places can you find us now? Wonkets is just about EVERYWHERE on social media!

Wonkets website: http://wonkets.ca/

Wonkets on facebook Facebook: http://facebook.com/Wonkets

Wonkets on twitter Twitter: http://twitter.com/Wonkets

Wonkets on youtube YouTube: http://youtube.com/Wonkets

Wonkets on Pinterest Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/Wonkets

The birth of a bead $

The birth of a bead

The birth of a bead

Julie with lampworking torchLampworking is a process where rods of glass are melted in an oxygen/propane torch that runs at about 1500 degrees.  It is a different process from blown glass, but every bit as fascinating.  Every bead is completely original, so you can rest assured that no one else will have the exact same bead as you!

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The birth of a bead

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Julie with lampworking torchLampworking is a process where rods of glass are melted in an oxygen/propane torch that runs at about 1500 degrees.  It is a different process from blown glass, but every bit as fascinating.  Every bead is completely original, so you can rest assured that no one else will have the exact same bead as you!

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