Lynn is a designer of handmade floral lampwork beads. She makes each bead using her torch and melts glass into beautiful tiny flowers and roses. She say’s she has obsessive torch disorder and a serious addiction to glass. You can see her creations at brilynn.etsy.com.
What is Lampworking?
Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking. Lampworking is used to create artwork, including figurines, trinkets, ornaments, beads and much more.
Designing a Bead
After designing a piece, a lampworker must plan how to construct it. Once ready to begin, the lampworker slowly introduces glass rod or tubing into the flame to prevent cracking. The glass is heated until molten, wound around a specially-coated steel mandrel, forming the base bead. It can then be embellished or decorated using a variety of techniques and materials. All parts of the workpiece must be kept at similar temperatures lest they shatter. Once finished the piece must be annealed in an oven to prevent cracking or shattering.