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Artisan Lampwork Glass Beads

Confession...I'm addicted to handmade lampwork glass beads.
Why, you ask? Oh my goodness where do I begin?!? Each one is a beautiful little work of art lovingly handmade with the utmost amount of skill...and patience!

Lampworking, more specifically Lampwork Beadmaking, involves using a gas-fueled torch to melt rods of glass and shape them into beads using tools, hand movements and gravity. The artist starts with a metal mandrel coated with a bead release powder, selects the colored glass rod(s) and then the magic begins. The glass is heated until molten then wound around the mandrel forming the bead base. Once the base is done, it can be decorated using a variety of techniques and materials. Once finished, the bead is annealed for strength and durability. Beads are placed in a kiln, heated to and temporarily soaked at a specific temperature depending on the type of glass, then allowed to cool slowly eliminating the internal stress that causes glass to crack with small changes in temperature or other shocks. This annealing process truly sets handmade lampwork apart. Mass-produced lampwork beads do not go through this process and are more prone to easily break.

All the variables in the lampworking process ~ glass colors and types, bead shapes, tools, artists' talent and preferred embellishment methods ~ are the reason these small pieces of art are unique and quite often, one of a kind pieces.
Let's look at some, shall we?

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Spring Couldn't Come Faster Lampwork Glass Focal Bead by Susan Elliot of Doodletart Glass
Spring Couldn't Come Faster Focal Bead
made by Susan Elliot of
Doodletart Glass
www.Doodletart.com

Nostalgia Lapwork Glass Focal Bead handmade by Kaye Husko of Koregon Beads
Nostalgia Focal Bead
made by Kaye Husko of
Koregon Beads
www.KoregonBeads.com

English Chintz Floral Lentil Beads made by Lynne Bauter of Brilynn Beads
English Chintz Floral Lentil Beads
made by Lynn Bauter of
Brilynn Beads
www.Brilynn.etsy.com

Pretty in Pink Wild Blosom Beads made by Heather Davisd of Blissful Garden Beads
Pretty in Pink Wild Blossom Beads
made by Heather Davis of
Blissful Garden Beads
www.BlissfulGardenBeads.com

Pastel Gradient beads made by Cristy Howard of AlyDan Beads
Pastel Gradient Beads
made by Cristy Howard of
AlyDan Bead Designs
www.AlyDanBeads.com

Glacier Blue Scrollwork Hollow Lampwork Bead handmade by Gillian Soskin of Brilliant Beads
Glacier Blue Scrollwork Hollow
made by Gillian Soskin of
Brilliant Beads
www.BrilliantBeads.net

Ocean Within lentil beads made by Catherine Steele of Art With Heart
Ocean Within Lentil Beads
made by Catherine Steele of
Art With Heart
www.CatherineSteele.com

Chocolate Sea lentil beads made by Melissa Willette of A Bead Is Born
Chocolate Sea Lentil Beads
made by Melissa Willette of
A Bead Is Born
www.ABeadIsBorn.com

Violet Rose Chintz lampwork beads handmade by Kathie Urato of Designs by K Urato
Violet Rose Chintz Beads
made by Kathie Urato of
Designs by K. Urato
www.DesignsByKUrato.com

Nautical Whimsy Beads made by Kimberly Nicole Rogalski of Bastille Bleu Lampwork
Nautical Whimsy Beads
made by Kimberly Nicole Rogalski of
Bastille Bleu Lampwork
www.BastilleBleu.com

 

That's just a tiny sampling from some of my favorite glass artists. But you must admit...they're gorgeous, aren't they? There isn't enough money in the world to buy all the beads I want to buy from them!! (See?...addicted...totally)

It's funny...when I buy their beads, I anxiously await their arrival, ooh and aah over them when they get here and then realize they're so pretty I dont want to give them up!! Happens every time. And I do have a collection so I keep one here and there to add to it. It's tough though because I really just want to keep them all...LOL. But I can't...they must be made into jewelry and shared :)

I do genuinely love using their beads. They add to the uniqueness of my jewelry. I take a one of a kind set of beads made by these artists, use them in a one of a kind set of jewelry handcrafted by me and what do you have? A chance to express your personality and individuality with beautiful jewelry that no one but you will ever have!

I could fill an entire website raving about these glass artists and showing photos of their beads. They're a talented bunch!

I appreciate all the time and effort that goes into their work and I want to showcase their talent. So I've decided to extend an invitation for them to come over, write about themselves and show us some of their work. I hope you enjoy their pages.

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Want to Meet Some of the Most Talented Lampwork Glass Artists in the World?

Click the links below to learn about these talented glass artists and the beautiful work they do...

Ema K Designs 
Hello, my name is Ema Kilroy. I love to create and creating lampwork beads is my passion. I began lampworking in 2005 and have been immersed in beads ever …

Honey Bear Beads 
Hi everyone. I started designing jewelry in 2004, and I started making Lampwork beads in June of 2007. My glass addiction soon took over! I started on …

Robin Koza 
Hi! My name is Robin Koza, and I'm a lampwork artist, teacher & graphic artist. I'm a dreamer and a visionary so I like to dabble in lots of things. …

Lori Bergmann Design 
Hi! My name is Lori Bergmann, and I'm a full-time artisan who loves to create my own handmade lampwork glass beads, European Charm beads, and finely crafted …

Krissy Beads 
Hello I'm Kristine Dery. I was born and raised in So. California but now live in Central, NY. I married my high school sweetheart, Dwayne, and have three …

Lara Lutrick 
My name is Lara Lutrick and I have been making lampwork beads since 1997. While at a local arts and crafts fair, I saw and bought my first true artisan …

Amanda Craigmyle - The Craftier Side 
I began making glass beads in 2005 and have been addicted ever since. It is a passion and a full time job for me, I have a home studio in my garage and …

Lampwork Glass Beads by Heather Behrendt 
After working with stained glass for a few years, I randomly decided to buy a hothead bead making kit to use in my tiny apartment. I didn't know what I …

Bastille Bleu Lampwork  
Hi! My name is Kimberly Nicole (aka Nikki) and I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and full-time lampwork glass artist! I make all my glass beads in my studio …

Doodletart Glass 
I make and sell individual lampwork glass focal beads on my website and sell sterling silver and lampwork jewelry at Art Festivals around the country. …

Birtle Bead Studio Not rated yet
Hi, my name is Anita Lawrence and I am a glassaholic! I have been a self taught lampworker for about three years now and owe my learning to many of the …

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