Welcome to my summer lamp working studio. I work with City gas and an oxygen concentrator. My glass is mostly moretti or scrap class that I find or friends give me.
My lamp working station with home made arm rests (cigar boxes). The top of the table is an old door protected with pieces of thick aluminum flashing. I drilled holes in a wood block to hold the mandrels. I only make lampworked beads in the summer when I can have the windows open and the air moving.
The workshop. I batch anneal and when the kiln is on the area around it is cleared!
Stringers pulled from scrap glass
Disk beads and silvered glass. I wear a respirator when I am working with fine silver in the torch.
Here I’ve mixed blue and green scraps and added some silver. I don’t know the COE of these glasses but they behave similarly and I think they must be very close in COE if not the same.
My home made mashers (rebent barbeque tongs)
From the Dollar Store, these also work as mashers but you have to quench them in water to keep the glass from sticking.
I’ve made a lot of beads this summer. I even like some of them. I will share them with you in a later post.
Great studio and I love the painted chair! Lack of studio space keeps me from delving into lamp work. Every year I contemplate taking a class in glass bead making at Bead&Button, but then I come to my senses and realize that I already am involved in more mediums than I have time for…so many beads, so little time!
I know what you mean! I drew the line at metal clay.
They look great … how wonderful to make something so lovely from bits of glass like that .. really lovely . well done you !