Thursday, April 13, 2006

New Bead

Lampworking is somewhat stressful due to having an open flame, but I gathered the courage to set up shop again in my garage a few weekends ago and made this lovely encased floral. There are 4 flowers total (2 pastel purple and 2 light lemon yellow). The core is black with dichroic chips. All of it is encased in clear. It's a largish bead and only took me 30 minutes to make on my "hothead" torch.

I may end up keeping this one for myself.

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Anonymous sarah said...

that's awesome. it only took you half an hour? impressive. and very pretty.

Friday, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

I'm impressed it only took me half an hour as well---and that the thing didn't shatter or crack or smear.

Friday, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous Kate said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I didn't know you (one?) could make glass beads, especially with embedded bits, at home. That's really lovely.

Thursday, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous cchang said...

Yep. All you need is a bottle of map gas (obtainable from any Home Depot) and a "Hot Head" torch, some way to clamp it, glass and metal rods coated in bead release clay. Only the torch, glass itself and the bead release clay are the items that have to be obtained from a specialty store. Everything else including the safty gear, you can get from home depot.

Thursday, April 20, 2006  

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