You’ll Love This Bead Making eBook If:
- You love creating lampwork beads & want to incorporate them into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces
- You want to learn the basics of creating lampwork beads, step-by-step
- You want to get instant access to the great lampwork techniques & tips from Karen J. Leonardo
Beginner, intermediate and advanced lampwork artists will find something to love in this exciting lampwork bead eBook from Karen J. Leonardo. Karen shows you how to make a variety of beautiful, unique jewelry pieces from tiny beads to complete necklaces, rings and pendants. Step-by-step you’ll learn the art behind how to make lampwork beads & everything you need to know about working with glass lampwork beads safely & effectively. Starting with the basics, then moving onto more complex techniques, Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry includes 14 complete jewelry designs as well as 16 different lampwork beads.
Clear instruction and detailed photos make recreating these glass lampwork beads fun & rewarding. Whether you love making jewelry and want to try adding handmade lampwork beads or love making beads and want to make them part of your wardrobe, you’ll love this eBook. With lampwork beads, no two are the same and the possibilities are endless. Start creating today!
In the Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry eBook You’ll Learn:
- How to make necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and pins using lampwork beads
- How to create 16 different lampwork beads step-by-step
- How to set up your studio safely & pick the proper tools for your work space
A Word From the Author:
"I will teach you how to set up your own basic lampwork beadmaking studio for soft glass and borosilicate glass, and I will also walk you through making your first lampwork bead. Then, it’s time to play with intermediate and advanced techniques. You will use various frits and latticino, and make custom colors and special shapes. You can create an ancient metallic disc, an implosion bead, and a mask bead with handmade eyeball murrini and cane. Once you practice making these beads, you can find your own style and make them unique by adding other techniques." — Karen J. Leonardo
Check Out This Excerpt From Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry:
Choosing a Kiln
A kiln is an insulated container that controls a high-heat environment. It allows you to maintain a consistent temperature and then slow cool your bead so it does not crack from thermal shock. Holding your bead at a temperature for a given amount of time is called annealing. The temperature and time for annealing depends on the size of bead. Some beginner beadmakers put their beads in ceramic fiber blankets to slow cool them and anneal them properly in a kiln later; others put the mandrel and hot bead directly into the kiln right away. Placing beads directly into the kiln is recommended.
There are many kilns on the market in all price ranges and for all skill levels. Before you purchase a kiln, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I only interested in annealing beads, or do I want to learn how to fuse
glass or make larger sculptures in the future?
- Do I want to be able to leave the kiln and not worry if I turned it off or not?
- Do I want to invest in a digital controller?
- Do I want a top loader, side loader or portable kiln?
- Do I want to plug it into a household 120 volt socket?
Decide which features are important to you, and research to find the kiln that meets your needs.
As you consider which kiln to buy, consider these amenities:
- The inner dimensions of the kiln
- How it opens; does it have a larger door and bead door?
- Whether the kiln has a pyrometer, infinite controller or digital controller
- Where the elements of the kiln are placed: top, sides or both
- What you will set your beads on: a built-in bead rack or kiln posts
- The maximum temperature the kiln can reach
- Whether the kiln is table-top or portable
- Whether the kiln uses electricity or gas (gas is less popular)
- Whether the kiln is for professional or hobby use
- Price; usually, smaller kilns are less expensive
Purchase a kiln designed for glass, because ceramic kilns do not have the same safety features. You could stick your mandrels in a kiln where the elements are exposed and be electrocuted.
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