Fanning the Flame of Creativity: Lovely Lampwork Glass

One of the first artists whose work we started carrying in the shop was JC Herrell, an incredibly talented lampwork bead artist who not only creates amazing beads like these:

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…but also saw our logo and instantly decided, “I need to design a bead exclusively for the shop!” And so she did:

A Blue Door bead!

A Blue Door bead!

To say JC’s work is mesmerizing is an understatement. We thoroughly enjoy when people ask to look at her beads, because it gives us an excuse to take them out of our display case to drool over them ourselves. One question we are consistently asked is, how does she make the beads? Although we are knowledgeable when it comes to making jewelry, the Blue Door Beads staff realized that we didn’t actually know how lampwork glass beads are made, so we did some research!

According the Wikipedia, lampworking is a type of glasswork where a torch or lamp is primarily used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Lampworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a furnace as the primary heat source, although torches are also used. Click here to read more about the history of lampworking.

Check out these other amazing examples of lampwork glass beads created by JC and other insanely talented bead makers:

Red Bridge bead by JC Herrell. An homage to the Golden Gate Bridge, perhaps?

Red Bridge bead by JC Herrell. An homage to the Golden Gate Bridge, perhaps?

Foggy Tree Silhouette bead by JC Herrell.

Foggy Tree Silhouette bead by JC Herrell.

Amber Orange and Ivory Construct Round bead by JC Herrell.

Amber Orange and Ivory Construct bead by JC Herrell.

Adorable owl beads by Laura Sparling.

Adorable owl beads by Laura Sparling.

Space-age lampwork glass bead by Tom Boylan.

Space-age lampwork glass bead by Tom Boylan.

Gorgeous lumpy lampwork bead by Tom Boylan.

Gorgeous lumpy lampwork bead by Tom Boylan.

Dragon focal bead by Kerri Fuhr through Etsy.

Dragon focal bead by Kerri Fuhr through Etsy.

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