BEADLICIOUS LAMPWORK BEADS AND JEWELLERY

Welcome to the website of lampwork artist Carli Hall. I specialise in unique, lampworked beads and one of a kind jewellery. My fascination with glass is something that has been a constant companion for the last 10 years and has culminated in this website.

On this site, I offer you my glass creations, both bead sets and made jewellery. Please use the navigation bar to visit the pages of my site. Don't hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss a custom order.

WHAT IS LAMPWORKING?

By working molten glass in a process called Lampworking. That is because in the old days, glassworkers would use the flame of an oil lamp as a heat source to melt the glass.

Glass comes in rods of many different colours. These are hand pulled in Murano, Italy. The ending of the glass rod becomes molten in the high temperature flame of the torch. These days gas/oxygen torches are the most common lampworking tools.

As soon as the glass is heated enough and becomes flexible, it is wound around stainless steel wire (mandrel). The core of the bead is shaped and decorated with stringers and other techniques. Layers can be added on top of each other to achieve different effects. Precious metals can be incorporated into bead designs.

After the bead is finished, it is placed into a kiln, to soak in a high temperature heat to relieve all the possible stress inside and to prevent bead from cracking. When cooled down, the beads are taken off the mandrels and cleaned. They are now 'bead-licious' and ready for your designs!

 

 

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