Lampwork Tutorials- How To Make Bubbles in Glass

 My video demos 4 different lampwork tutorials that I use to make bubbles in glass.

Each one creates a different effect in your bead.

 

Each of these bubble lampwork tutorials has been picked up from my exploring glass from different areas of glass making.

 

When I lived in Georgia, I would go up to Ashville’s Mountain Glass and take classes from borosilicate glass makers. They taught lampworking but their background was in borosilicate glass which uses different techniques.

Many of these guys learned how to work with glass and made a living  through the avenue of scientific glass blowing. They had 9-5 jobs making glass products like flasks, bottles and perfectly designed specialty glass equipment that sold to laboratories and other scientific outlets.

 

But at night they made water pipes/bongs to make extra money, being it was in the 80′s and marijuana was being explored.

 

Today, making water pipes has elevated to an art form, with it’s own collector base to support it.

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Gorgeous Water Pipe above.

 

Frog Bubbles Lampwork Tutorial

The first of my lampwork tutorials uses a FROG or Kenzan, that you can buy from an florist outlet. Just Google them.

 

When you purchase one, make sure the base is metal because some bases are covered in a green plastic to blend with the flower’s stem. Fire Hazard for us lampworkers!

 

USING A FROG…

 

Using a ‘frog’ really can open up new exploration for your bead making.

 

Tip…If you like perfection and flawless space bubbles, try using the frog on one side of the bead so you don’t disfigure the bead as much as when you apply the holes over the entire bead.

 

***One thing I want to point out in my demo…notice how my glass sticks to the frog for a second. That’s because the frog was still hot. I needed to let the frog cool more before I pierced the molten glass again with the spikes.

 

The same goes for the tungsten pick. If it starts sticking to the glass, just cool it by submerging it in some water.

 

Watch the demo here…

I learned tons from those boro guys in my early training that I have incorporated into my glass lampworking techniques.

 

Explore these 4 bubble lampwork tutorials.  Be creative.

 

  1. What new ways can you use the techniques that no one else has tried?
  2. What other everyday objects can you use to create bubbles in a bead?
  3. Try using some different elements such as dichroic glass, silver glass, silver leaf, frits, powders and baking powder with these techniques
  4. What if you created bubbles close to the surface of the bead… what surface texture could you create with that technique?

 

Think outside the Box with each of these lampwork tutorials!

 

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Enjoyed these Bubble lampwork tutorials???….I appreciate a Thumb’s Up! Thanks!  :)

 

Happy Torching!

Patsy :)

 

click on the SEA WORLD for a closer look!lampwork glass sea world

Check out that cool Bubble in this Sea World above! I Demoed how to make it in the above Bubble lampwork tutorials!

 

 

 

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Glass Cane Ribbon Technique You’re Gonna LOVE!

Striped ribbon stringers and what the others call ribbon glass cane, is the topic for today.

 

There’s lots of uses for them but I find these flat ribbon glass cane/stringers are wonderful to use on flower petals and leaves.

 

Learn how to make them on this video….

Caneworking is a glass blowing technique that is used to add intricate patterns and stripes to vessels or other blown glass objects,” according to Wikipedia.

 

I think you can spend a whole career just on perfecting glass cane alone and many Italians families have developed unique designs of glass canes, down through history.

 

 

These simple to complicated decorative stringers can be called by a lot of names…

Fancy Latticinos are striped stringers/canes using clear and colored stringers that you twist. You can buy them by the name of filigrana rods, but they are a little expensive and I like making mine unique.

 

Mary Lockwood has a free tutorial on simple latticino glass cane that you might enjoy.

 

Karen Hardy demos how to use an optical mold to make latticino glass cane like the pros in Italy. The down side with molds is that you’ve got to invest a lot of money for them. It would be worth the cost if you used a lot of latticino glass cane or sold them.

 

Twisties are in the stringer family. Most of us probably use these the most.

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Examples of twisty glass cane (stringers) above

 

You can make your beads personal and unique by creating your own favorite color scheme twisties. Artists can spend a lifetime just studying and experimenting with color schemes.

 

If you would like to learn more about color… my Tutorial 101, 102 & 103, really, really go into depth about color schemes…primary, secondary colors, complementary and split complementary color schemes.

 

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FreeBee experiment…Here’s something fun that I do quite often to spark my creativity.

 

If you have purchased my Tutorials 101- 103, go back and reread the complementary color scheme section. Or go Google complementary color schemes.

Now…

1. Pick 1 color scheme from the complementary color schemes and make yourself about 20 different twisties.

 

2. Then make about 30 different beads using these twisties on different shaped beads and different sizes of beads. Let your imagination lose!

 

You’ll end up with a wonderful family of beads that mix and mingle to make a couple of bracelets or a killer necklace.

 

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Glass Cane Ribbon

 

Back to my flat striped stringers/cane. I call them ribbon stringers. But the top purple and orange rod in the photo is also referred to as ribbon cane, so it can be confusing.

 

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My glass cane ribbons can be simple, like I demoed in my video, to super complex.

 

Some of the ones I use on my Peony and Iris flowers take me hours to make. Torching, I apply the glass ribbon stringers like flower petals.  I tend to use them up really quickly.

In the photo below, I used ribbon stringers on my flower petals, leaves and as ribbon.

 

glass lampwork flower

 

The glass ribbon stringers I demoed in the video, I use to show veins in flowers or leaves. It gives a more natural look to the flower or leaf.

glass lampwork flower set

 

I hope you enjoyed the demo and give this flat ribbon glass cane a try!

 

Do you do flat ribbon glass canes (stringers)?  How do you use them?

 

Patsy :)

My Peonies…Click on flowers for detailsglass lampwork bead peonies

 If you look really close at my flowers beads, you will see that some petals has 8 or more stripes, and different color schemes on each side of the petals and leaves. Those striped ribbon stringers took hours to make! :)

 

 

 

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Making Glass Jewelry By Weaving

Today is about making Glass Jewelry made with my artistic weaving techniques.

 

Making glass jewelry with lampwork beads creates the ultimate in exclusive, high end jewelry. It will appeal to discriminating customers who are looking for fine art in jewelry.

 

Deena asked, in the comments, if I could demo how to use wire to make a pendant with flowers and leaves.

 

So here’s some of my basic wire techniques to design a gorgeous pendant. I’ll be using lampwork flowers and leaves from my Tutorial 103, to inspire those of you who have purchased the tutorial to light up and get torching!

 

Watch my demo making glass jewelry here!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section.

 

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Glass Flower Beads Tut: Stop Petal Breakage!

 

Today my video with show you my best tips on how to stop petals on your glass flower beads from breaking.

Interested in buying my Fabulous Flower tutorials? Find them here… My Tutorials

Glass Flower Bead Tip #1

I’m sure you’ve been told the more you torch, the more you get the feeling for the glass…but seeing is very important, too.

Learning the different shades of color glass goes through, as it cools, is a great indication for when it needs to be warmed up again.

Here’s a little experiment to help you learn the perfect time to pop your glass flower bead in the kiln.

Heat up a gather of glass, put it under your work table and watch it while the gather cools. It will go through a yellow, then orangy and finally red glow. The rule of thumb is

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How Do I Make My Glass Beads?

So many people ask me…How do you make your Glass Beads?

I’ll share a few of my secrets with you!

I love making glass beads or as I call them…Art Forms in Glass.

Did you catch it? It’s my first biggy secret!

Learning to think about my glass as art forms literally change how I approach making my glass beads.

How does one make glass beads?

What you create in glass is a reflection of who you are as a human being.

Have an intention of putting your heart and soul into a piece of glass that will probably last longer than you live.

Your children or people who love your art will have your beads as mementos of you, just the way paintings, quilts and other handmade art are treasured by generations to come.

How do you make glass beads that are an unique expression of

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Luscious Lampwork Flower Beads With Silver & Gold Fuming

Luscious Lampwork Flower Beads

I’ve taught you how to Silver and Gold fume in my FREE video tutorials. Have you tried these lampwork techniques? If not, check around on my blog for all the Free training on silver & gold fuming.

Today, I want to entice you to light up your torch and try these fabulous fuming techniques.

I’ve got some luscious lampwork flower beads in this video that I silver & gold fumed. Videoing them outside in natural sunlight really shows the iridescence of the fuming. You’ll be amazed how beautiful the lampwork flower beads look fumed!

 

You’ve got the FREE fuming tutorials on my blog and many of you have my lampwork flower beads Tutorial 103 that I used to do 3 of these flowers. If you don’t have it… you can grab it here…Tutorial 103

 

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Lampwork Beads: How to Do Gold Fuming On Soft Glass

Hey guys, we’re exploring the delights of shiny with Gold Fuming glass lampwork beads today.

I’m make this an action packed blog post, filled with lots of goodies for you to watch and enjoy learning.

Let’s get going…Gold fuming glass lampwork beads…

The first video has my demo beads and instructions. Be sure to watch to understand more clearly what I’m doing as I demo the gold fuming technique in my 2nd video. It also has some tips you need to know. Watch here…

This second video has me demoing the Gold Fuming technique and then how to combine Gold Fuming with Silver Fuming on lampwork beads. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Just a few details to point out to you…

1. Do a few practice fuming without a bead so you can just concentrate on seeing the fuming process and how the flame changes. It doesn’t show

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Unique Beads: How You Can Stand Out From The Crowd

 

Unique Beads…How to create them?

 

Let’s talk about creating unique beads that are one of a kind & you!

 

You’ve learned tons of silver techniques that you can be incorporating into your beads. But the secret is to spend time exploring each of these silver techniques until you have mastered them.

I spent about 6 months working with the silver techniques until I felt comfortable using them. I did explore techniques of other artists’ beads but I stayed away from duplicating their designs.

In college, the “old masters painting method” was to study the masters by physically copying their painting. In this way you were able to discover how they did their techniques. If you can really understand a technique… it becomes part of you. Then you work hard to develop you own style with

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Lampwork Tutorials: How to use Silver Foil Secrets!

Lampwork Tutorials using Silver Foil…Are ya loving exploring Silver in these videos??

 

TIP: When we cover something new in a lampwork tutorial video, practice, practice, practice the technique. Then, immediately, start incorporating the technique into whatever you are doing with your beads at the moment.

Use the technique as a background, part of the design, a new color you create with the technique… whatever! Explore new territory. It’s kind of like doodling. Allow the right side of your brain to explore, play and see where it takes you.

Lampwork techniques have no value unless you harness them to express what you want to say!

Lampwork Tutorials videos using Silver Foil!

Lampwork tutorials below…

#1 video shows results on beads using silver foil

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Silver Leaf Lampwork Techniques You’ll Want To Learn

 

Silver Leaf lampwork techniques that will get you having fun on your torch today!

 

I wanted to share how I use fine silver leaf and silver foil on my beads today but when I started videoing, I could have talked and demoed for an hour.

Sssoooo, I decided to demo silver leaf lampwork techniques today and in another video we will cover silver foil. There is really tons to learn about using the two silvers and you’ll need to spend some time getting acquainted with these wonderful techniques!

I actually did a video (that went over YouTube’s time limit that I have to upload a special way) where I combined both silver leaf and silver foil on a bead. I’ll be sharing that one with you after I do a silver foil video.

Silver Leaf Lampwork Techniques You’ll Want To Learn…