Would you like to know a little bit about working on a Torch and making Lampwork beads and sculpture? It might explain why original Lampwork and Designer Jewelry costs a bit more.
I thought I would show you the steps to make a simple Big Hole Bead... also called a Pandora or Charm Bead... so here we go!
FIRST... you must have a Workstation with your Torch and proper Ventilation System, Tools and Annealing Kiln, and hopefully a Rod Warmer...
NEXT... you have to have colored glass rods to melt and make your bead with.
THEN... you may begin to melt the tip of your glass rod and wrap the molten glass around your preheated Mandrel - that you dipped in a protective coating to keep the molten glass from sticking to the metal.
Here is an image with a sequence of steps showing the making of a simple Big Hole Bead. It has colored dots that are raked around it to form a neat design.
But you're not done yet! After that, it gets put in your pre-heated Kiln and run through an Annealing Cycle to remove the internal stress. THEN the next day when it is cool, you get to clean it!
After cleaning it's ready to be photographed, posted and sold, or made into something wonderful!
As you can see, making original Lampwork Beads and Sculpture (and Jewelry from them) is not a simple process or a quick one. It takes special tools, skill and dedicated workspace.
That's why original Lampwork and Jewelry costs more than mass produced versions from China or other locations.
You are getting an original Art Glass Treasure when you purchase from Designers and Lampworkers, and it's yours alone once you purchase it - because no two are ever exactly alike!
ONE FINAL NOTE:
If you are a Designer and would like to print this Article out as a Brochure for your Clients, here is a PDF Link for you: