IT’S FEATURE FRIDAY!
Feature Friday is a time when Club Creative Studio Art is highlighted. This post gives a few hints of what is included in the category within the online storefront called Hand-Torched Glass. Also known as lampwork, this term refers to “torch” made beads. Many years ago, before propane and oxygen torches, beads were made over small “wick-type” lamps. This is where the term “lampwork” originated. In this post I will share a few photos of how I look when I am working on a glass bead project. I love working with the torch and the flame.
Glass can be known as being hard or soft. I use “soft glass rods” about the thickness of a pencil.
Simply put, the process involves heating the the rods of glass in the flame until the glass begins to “melt” and it becomes soft. The glass is then manipulated on a stainless steel rod called a mandrel. The mandrel has been coated to avoid molten glass sticking to it for easy removal once cooled. The glass is shaped into a bead shape with a variety of colors of glass layered together. The final step called annealing is done in a kiln which further hardens the bead over several hours.
Enjoy browsing unique hand-torched glass items within Club Creative Studio’s website, as well as other creative one-of-a-kind, festive, fun and functional items incorporating hand made beads created by hand, on the East Coast with Italian Glass and hand-rolled polymer clay. Also check back on the blog for more FEATURE FRIDAY posts, thank you!