Category: Beadmaking-Lampworking

That’s Pretty Shifty!

Shifty and CFL are two terms to describe the same thing — a pallet of glass that changes color based on the light that it is under. CFL stands for “compact fluorescent light.” The glass changes its apparent color in fluorescent lighting. The first CFL/shifty glass was done by...

Oxygen Concentrators

When we set up our flame room in our new location, we put a lot of thought into how we would get gas and oxygen to the burners. We ended up with piped-in gas and oxygen concentrators and think it is a great system. We started with hot head...

The Beginner’s Torch Trap: A Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide Part 1

Thank you to Bethlehem Burners for this Blog! If you landed here, you must be interested in buying your first lampworking torch! It’s an exciting time and you’ll want to feel confident in your purchase. In part one of our Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide, we’ll address concerns about buying a...

SIMAX

For a few years now, Stained Glass Express has been offering 33 coe glass.  We are still learning and still adding product.  One of the growing stock is our 33 coe tubes and rods.  We stock Simax tubes and rods made by Schott.  This is a high- quality borosilicate...

A THOUSAND CRANES

A THOUSAND CRANES Info from Glass Art Magazine and Wikipedia Japanese legend is that if you fold 1000 cranes you will be granted a wish by the gods.  The crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth so some believe that the 1000 origami paper cranes will bring...

Tips from the Glass Academy: Beadmaking

Though not really new, because it has been around since the 19th century, bead making is gaining momentum very quickly. One method is to buy an inexpensive hot head torch like you see being used in the pictures above. This is easily something you can do at home. Hot...

Janet’s Tips: Why the Heck is Lampworking called lampworking??

Lampworking is also called flame working or torch working or bead making. All those words make sense to the process except Lampworking which is the official name of the process. So, I looked it up. It is called lampworking because way back when this process started they did it...

Coral Fish

Coral Fish Bead Coral Glass Bead Directions Materials Needed: Moretti Glass Rods: black, white & orange  Black and White Stringers Stainless Steel Tweezers Beadmaking Kit Protective eyewear Mandrels coated in bead release Directions: Step 1:  To form a base bead, heat an orange rod until a 1/2″ ball of...