Lampwork beads

Lampwork beads

Lampwork beads are most often used as jewellery centrepieces and are often mini art masterpieces. Because they are painstakingly developed and executed by hand they are normally more expensive than other types of beads and the price varies according to the complexity of the finished bead.
Lampwork beads are handmade glass beads made by manipulating slender glass rods in front of a gas burner or in a kiln and spinning the resulting thread around a metal rod covered in bead release. When the base bead has been formed, other colours of glass can be added to the surface to create many designs.
After this initial stage of the beadmaking process, the bead can be further fired in a kiln to make it more durable.

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