Please, take a moment to familiarize yourself with our policies.
We would like to ensure the best service possible, and in order
to achieve that, we would like to make sure you understand the
rules of good and honest business. Thank you!
We guarantee a 30-day return period.
Please e-mail us in rare cases of returns.
Note! My lampwork beads are all handmade, which means
that no two beads are alike. Also, the shapes and sizes
of the same kind of bead may vary slightly.
We utilize the secure services of PAYPAL, we also accept money
orders (simply print out the credit card form and mail it to
us). Feel free to purchase our products on Ebay or here, in our
online store. New products are frequently listed and updated
on both. The new items that can be seen on our website are subject
to be discontinued to ensure variety for our customers.
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The items are packed securely to eliminate damage or tamper during
shipping. The cost of shipping and handling is determined by
the weight of the item and it will be paid by the purchaser.
How my Lampwork Beads are Made
Glass is an organic material. It is made out of soda, lime,
sand and different natural metals. With a little help from electricity
or the occasional lightning bolt, Voila: glass is born. The different
colors are the effect from the different metals. Ever find a
glass rock on the beach? Amazing isn't it? Lampwork beads are
handmade glass beads made with a hot torch. They are made using
a centuries-old process called lampworking - a term which refers
to the oil lamps once used to melt the glass. Modern beadmakers,
such as myself, use a variety of torches, tools and glass to
produce individual glass beads which may contain remarkable detail
and artistry. I work with an oxygen and propane torch to create
my beads. My studio is in my garage for ventilation and safety
To put the process simply, a slender rod of glass is slowly
melted in the torch at around 1700 degrees (F) and the molten
glass is then carefully and continuously wound around a specially-coated
steel mandrel ( the steel rod is coated in a bead release material
that looks like mud) . As the molten glass is added to the mandrel,
it is sculpted and shaped, additional colors added, all with
the intent of forming a variety of different effects and designs.
This process can take some time - often hours for a very large
and intricate bead. Once the bead is completed, it is removed
from the flame and either immediately annealed, or allowed to
cool slowly in an insulated blanket or container of vermiculite
and annealed later in batches with other beads. The process of
annealing refers to heating (or reheating) the bead to a preset
temperature for a particular length of time, dependent on the
size of a bead. "Soaking" in this high heat allows
any stresses in the glass bead to "relax" and bond,
which ultimately provides a durable lasting strength to it's
beauty. Beads that are not annealed are prone to cracking sooner
Further cleaning and/or processing will be required before
each distinctive and unique glass bead is ready to then be fashioned
into a piece of my jewelry.