Handmade lampwork glass focal bead with purple, white and clear.
This is a beautiful organic handmade glass bead. I made this lampwork bead using a base of transparent clear and opaque white for the base color of the bead. I got some really cool effects using some shards which are thin pieces of broken glass. I topped off this beautiful focal bead by etching it to give it a matte or stonelike appearance.
Measures 32mm x 22mm x 8mm
Hole size about 3mm
All lampwork glass beads are handmade by me, Covergirlbeads glass artisan, Charlotte Hayes. My handmade beads are made one at a time in my studio along the Texas gulf coast.
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LAMPWORK - THE PROCESS OF MELTING GLASS - I melt glass using my Carlisle mini cc torch winding it onto a mandrel. A mandrel is a metal rod. It is dipped in a silica based clay called we call bead release to prevent the glass from sticking to the mandrel. After forming the bead, it is placed in the kiln to go through the annealing process.
I use a variety of Moretti/Effetre Italian glass, Vetrofond, Lausha, CIM, Double Helix, Reichenbach, Bullseye, and TAG glass. I also use CZ cubic zirconias, dichroic glass, .999 fine silver, copper, silver leaf, gold leaf and palladium to add interesting designs and create elegant to organic styles of beads.
ANNEALING - Annealing is a MUST! It is a process done after forming the bead in the flame, it gets placed in a kiln for several hours in order for the glass to become the same temperature all over. This process relieves stress in the bead. Then the temperature is slowly decreased overnight until the beads are completely cooled to room temperature. This process takes hours and adds strength and durability to each bead. BEADS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ANNEALED HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF CRACKING DUE TO STRESS AND THERMAL SHOCK.
CLEANING - Clean bead hole make for neater and nicer construction for artisans to assemble their jewelry. Some of the cheap imports are still filled with bead release and you should question where or not they have been kiln annealed. Always buy handmade!
PHOTOGRAPHY - I take a lot of pictures in order to get the best photos. However, sometimes it is still difficult to get great photos to show some things like dichroic sparkle in a bead just as an example.
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