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.