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Torchlight on …
Members’ beads from last month’s challenge:
No pressure, no prizes, just fun!
Make a bead, set of beads, focal, mixed
media, on or off mandrel piece using the
theme of ‘Summer’ or the technique of
Post your photos on www.frit-happens.co.uk
and/or www.craftpimp.co.uk and/or our
Facebook page by
All members' photos will be included in the
August issue of the GBUK
I made my first lampwork bead at the
International Festival of Glass (IFG) in 2010,
after a performance of the “Torcher Chamber
Arkestra” led by Carrie Fertig. The next day, I
queued up early to book a place on a half day
lampworking workshop and made my first cased
bead! Having got “the lampwork bug”, I went
home and ordered a hothead / Mapp gas
setup from Tuffnells, which then languished in
my garage for some time until I plucked up the
courage to start experimenting. I then got
through two cans of Mapp in as many weeks,
and rapidly upgraded to a bulk propane setup!
I’m also a glass fuser, and was originally planning to make lampworked
elements in Bullseye glass to add to my kiln glass, but then I discovered
Effetre glass was much softer … I have been on a course with Becky at
Chameleon Designs, who showed me how to make little fishy sculptures and
gave me some great tips on how to control the glass. I have also watched a
lot of videos on the Internet and read quite a few books.
I feel very lucky that I also found “Frit
Happens”, which is a wonderful and
supportive forum and has helped me with
many of my newbie issues!
In terms of inspiration and development,
I take a lot of photographs and am also
trying to gradually work my way through
the techniques in my lampworking books
(might take a while!).
I have recently started to sell my beads on the
internet, and also at local craft fairs along with my
other work. I am currently developing designs which
combine my beads with fused glass pieces and
hand painted silk to make unique jewellery and
accessories. Some of my recent work has been
made using a range of techniques, including metal
leaf and foils, enamels and raking. I’m still experimenting
with these beads but they are looking
quite exciting so far! I work and teach silk painting
and music from my home studio in Woking, Surrey,
which is easily accessible by car and public transport.
You can find out more about me and my
work on my websites, or do check out my latest
creations (and say hello!) on Facebook.
I also do silk painting (and
run silk painting courses)
and some of my marbled
beads have been inspired by
my textiles work. I also enjoy
playing with frit. I think the
thing I love most about
lampwork is the freedom you
have to change the shape
and texture of the glass in
such fluid ways and in such
a short space of time.
Stringer Lines: These are a few bright
simple beads that I made for BoC, who
urgently need more bead donations. The
large stripy green and orange crunch was
made with a core of white and then a
number of encased stringers I made at Di
East's. We were experimenting with
layering transparents over different
opaques to make a full rainbow of
colours. If you look closely, you can see
a yellow centre in the wide green lines -
that stringer was made with transparent
green over yellow. I made this bead as a
cylinder and applied the stringers side-byside,
working from one end to the other,
melted them all in and then crunched. Try
to keep the joins where the stringer starts
by Heather Kelly
and finishes all in the same place, then you can
try to press the bead so they are on the side, or
you can cover them all up with a vertical stripe of
something opaque. (They weren't that visible for
this one, so I left them on the back).
Tulip Lines: This is a focal lentil I made with Plowden &
Thompson 100 COE tulip, which is a lovely colour that
can strike from yellow all the way to a light red. In this
lentil I have yellow and orange. I used Reichenbach deep
black for the stringer - it stays black and doesn't spread
or web under high heat.
Sun Over Sea: This bead was something of an accident. I
was intending to make a lentil, then ended up with a
spinner so couldn't finish shaping it properly. It has a core
of Reichenbach mystic grey with a spiral of Arke around
that, reduced and encased in Lauscha soft clear. Then I
added some random lines and splodges of Notos, again
reduced and encased. This gave the blue MOP look. The top
of the bead was unbalanced (and this point is when it
began spinning) so I just added lobes of more clear on
either side, put some Notos on top of them (and some dots
of it around the top), and used my tweezers with teeth to
squeeze out the 'ears', before reducing and sticking it in the
kiln. I wasn't entirely sure this would come out looking ok,
but I actually rather like it. It is very shiny and the Notos
looks fairly golden, so along with the teeth lines that made
me think of rays of sunlight, I called it Sun Over Sea.
…is an Italian term for coloured patterns or images made in a glass
cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections.
Check out Jolene Wolfe’s tutorials for making heart murrini
and ways to use them
Dates for your diary …
Sunday 24th August 2014
GBUK will have a stand with the Bead Collection from this year’s annual competition,
and copies of this year’s journal.
Members have the opportunity to sell their beads on the GBUK table at Stourbridge.
We will have limited amount of space available on the stand for this. They will be
taken on a first come, first served basis. We charge £2.50 per 'slot', a slot being a
square compartment measuring 3 inches square and 1¼ deep. Members may 'buy' up
to three of these for the duration of the two days.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have beads you wish to sell.
: Tuffnell Glass, Rudston, Yorkshire YO25 4UD
: 12/13/14 September 2014
: 1000 - 1800
On Friday we will have the torch benches for members to play and / or demo on -
we are hoping there will be some of you willing to share your techniques with our
members; Teresa has offered to show us a trick or two too.
On Saturday the AGM will be at midday.
Sunday is a free day on the torches for those that want to stay for the whole
Lunch will be provided in the form of jacket potatoes and toppings.
Please can members bring salad, cake and drinks to share.
Along with the lure of the Tuffnell Glass shop, there will also be other traders selling
lampworking supplies (we will announce the full list nearer the time).
There will be a mini competition, entries to be taken to the AGM, voting to take place
at the AGM, the theme is ‘
The prize will be a £10 voucher to spend with the traders attending the event.
Nominations are OPEN and will close
on July. 31st
We need you to nominate yourself or another member for the
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