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Lampwork Inspirations

Call me a magpie, but I really love fancy pieces of colorful, shiny glass.  That is what attracted me to the art of making handcrafted glass beads, called lampwork. I also sometimes call the beads artisan glass. I was intrigued to the point of wanting to learn the process.  I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to take classes in this art and then to have the time to explore it further. I no longer make my own beads as that can be a full time job in itself, but still occasionally incorporate them in my jewelry designs, such as the necklaces pictured above. The name lampwork comes from the centuries-old process when glass beads were made with the heat of the...

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