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Basics of Lampwork Beads

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Lampwork beads are great to work with during long winter evenings, they can warm up winter. If it’s in the spring, this kind of beads can help you to bring in extra money by making a special display of lampwork to add to your jewelry fair stand. In addition, you could even add interest with an oil lamp and some glass tubes. Lampwork beads are unique, so you won't find anyone else selling the same. Silver spacers and troll beads will make your lampwork look fantastic, the originality of which make buyers love very much.

People firstly may ask what lampwork is.The "lamp" in lampwork came from the oil lamps and blow-pipes used in seventeenth century in France and Italy. Indeed, this type of glass is made by being blown by mouth or bellowed into an oil lamp flame with a small pipe, enabling it to be heated enough for produce.

Hot glass working skills is originated from the Syrians and Egyptians around 1500 BC. When it came to Chinese, it was around 550 BC, and the Romans at the turn of the first millennium. Today lampworkers usually use an oxygen torch, but the technique to form and decorate the glass hasn't changed much for thousands of years.

The quality of lampwork beads is equal to the expertise of its maker, as usual with handcrafted items. If you want to choose lampwork beads, you will choose beaded jewelry in a style you like, remembering that what you should consider isn't just the style when buying handcrafted glass beads.

In a bead, air bubbles shouldn't be visible. Although some bead makers use these as design elements, but they are normally round or positioned in specific areas. The bead hole should be free of nicks or burrs. Jagged edges around the hole produce a wobbly bead that can eventually cut through beading wire.
Check the shape, but as they're handcrafted expect some variations - that's part of their charm.

lampwork beads

Lampwork beads are made by Lampworkers, using a torch to melt the tip of glass rods, and then wind the molten glass around a narrow stainless steel rod called a mandel. Later, when the bead is removed, the space occupied by the mandrel becomes the hole used to string the bead. Taking a bead out of the flame into the open air makes the outside of the bead cool faster than inside. This can cause a bead to crack. To prevent cracks, beads are soaked in a kiln to ensure all the glass is the same temperature, before gradually cooling.

lampwork beads

Most crafters will buy lampwork beads by the strand and make them into bracelets, necklaces and earrings. When making jewelry from lampwork beads, they will try designing matchings sets of all three for extra profit. Usually, large, lampwork beads go a long way and can be made to go further by mixing with silver spacers and other findings. Silver spacers look great next to the bright colors of lampwork. Google search "lampwork bead jewelry" to see some ideas.

With the information provided above, you will gain a lot and will have a clear idea when purchasing lampwork beads.

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