Sep 272012

I am a lampwork artist and I make spacers. Lots of them. Over and over again. And you know what…I don’t hate it. I truly believe that even a simple single colored lampwork bead has its place. I know many lampwork artists hate making spacers, but I don’t. Yes there are days were I just choose not to, but overall I take it seriously. Each and every one.

Every spacer is carefully measured at the torch and also closely inspected after a thorough cleaning after a long roast in the kiln. After that, some are tossed about in some acid for a few minutes in order to achieve a matte finish, while others have to endure at least a few hours tumbling round and round among some grit and soap for the same affect. Careful wrapping, baking, cleaning, etching, marking, and packaging all go into each and every spacer.

And as you can see from the necklace above, the results can be fabulous. That is my most favorite necklace. I love the feel of it as well as the look. It lays like silk strung pearls on my neck. The necklace is made of 132 rainbow bronze luster teeny tiny spacers. Each one is only about 7 mm tall. Making them that small is not so easy. Its takes patience for me to work so small. Plus each one had to be slowly bathed in a reduction flame at the right interval of time. If the bead was too hot, then no fabulous color would appear. Wait too long and then the bead might crack when reintroduced into the flame. A very patient labor of love!

Couldn’t help but share. Hope you enjoy.

 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Jul 102011

I think its about time I started sharing some of the finished pieces I have created. The first one I am going to show off is one I made solely from my own lampwork beads and did all the wire work myself – even down to the clasp. The design is Kerry Bogart’s Split Personality from her book Totally Twisted. Kerry does hers with round beads and I opted for a flat squeeze shape with a pink tiger stripe design.pinktigerpinktigerbpinktigercpinktigerdpinktigere

 Posted by at 8:49 pm
Feb 022008

The top picture is the before and the bottom picture is the after. The link in between is Vonna, JustVonna, to be exact. We met up in St. Louis for that big gathering of beaders I mentioned earlier and she came away with a few of my beads. 🙂 Vonna did an absolutely amazing job with the little set of mismatched pairs. First she blogged about the bracelet and new she has put it up for sale in order to raise money to cover funeral expenses for her son, Jonathan. She is an amazing jewelry designer and I am honored to have her play with my beads!

 Posted by at 10:28 pm