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« on: July 08, 2004 03:30:46 PM »

I'm spending time in a glass studio making beads, and am looking for some ideas of cool things to try. I've done the prerequisite google search to no avail (mostly found sites that sell bead making stuff or beads). Any suggestions of good sites to scope beginner+/intermediate bead making techniques?


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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2004 10:19:41 PM »

You might want to try http://beadwork.about.com/. The have a section on lampwork and handmade beads that might be helpful.
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2004 12:13:58 AM »

It's not a website, but glass bead makers at my work swear by the book Passing the Flame - A Beadmaker's Guide to Detail and Design by Corina Tettinger.  The book is pretty expensive ($75, yikes!)... but it has great step by step photographic tutorials for all types of techniques and designs.  The instructions are easy to follow.  Maybe you can convince the studio to buy it for all to use?  We also use the (far more affordable) books by Cindy Jenkins, Making Glass Beads and Beads of Glass
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2005 10:46:00 AM »

Hi I am a glass beadmaker and I like to go to www.wetcanvas.com Just go to the glass art section and you will find all kinds of beadmakers, tips, pics,etc...

« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2005 10:15:10 PM »

Are there any good kits for starting to make glass beads?  I would like to start but I really like to find kits that have all the essentials to get started.

« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2005 08:04:19 PM »

Are there any good kits for starting to make glass beads? I would like to start but I really like to find kits that have all the essentials to get started.


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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2005 03:23:13 PM »

I want to do this too....I am thinking of getting one of these kits:


« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2006 08:04:52 AM »

i've been glass bead making for about a year. I have the hot head torch and it's pretty good.  Good to learn on.  I haven't heard anything good about the Fireworks torch which I have seen in some of the craft stores around here.

The kits in the post above look pretty good.  They have the torch head I use. 

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2006 08:08:19 AM »

I found one at Hobby Lobby that has everything except the gas for the torch....I have never used it though....after I bought the kit on impulse, I got to thinking "is anything to do with fire really somthing I want to try to teach myself?"....I decided no!  Instead I found a bead shop that will give me a one on one class for $60.00 and if I take the class from him, I can come in and use his oxygen torch and kiln for 7.00 an hour whenever I want to.
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2006 01:39:11 PM »

wow, i stumbled on this post from like 2 years ago - how time flys! now i teach into torch classes at a glass studio in portland. lol! anyways, i think you can teach yourself from a book as long as you pay really good attention to the safety stuff. ventilation is probably going to be an issue if you make beads inside, unless you have a fan sucking all the nasty fumes outside. if you've ever played with a torch - welding, silver smithing, ect. its not much different. if you've never played with a torch - do yourself a favor & take a class. the flame is hotter than you'd expect & can be scary to get used to, esp. if you're unsure about what you're doing. if you live in or near a decent sized city, chances are either your local stained glass shop or community college offers lampworking classes. if you live in or near portland, oregon check out the studio  i teach at, its groovy!


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