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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 »