View Full Version : showing off - some first hot head beads!

02-15-2007, 11:42 PM
well, we all gotta start somewhere, eh?....

So I'm new to WC, and fairly new to beadmaking - been doing this for a few months now..(and loving it!) I read alot on hear about some great torches and studio set ups - many fabulous bead artists! (you're all such an inspiration!)

but I thought it would be nice to show some beginning work too - to let others know that you can do some pretty nice stuff right from the very beginning.

anyway - for new lampworkers, this is just a sampling of what can be made with a hot head torch and no other fancy items - like lentil mashers, stump shapers etc..

(naturally, once you try lampworking you will get hooked immediately...and will want to buy all those "necessities" asap...I know, I'm already upgrading my studio - it's a sickness I tell ya!)

all beads were batch annealed with a friend who has a kiln (now I gots meself my own!) but originally I just put them into some heated vermiculite in a crock pot until I could kiln anneal them.

All focal beads were made using moretti glass...

this was dk ivory, fine silver wire, and a mix of transparent blues, and tiny dots of hand pulled adventuring stinger..


copper green, dk ivory, with Val's raku frit...


classic white and blue - practiced my dots...


hot mix of colors...fine silver wire melted in...


evil dvp...man does it do some crazy stuff...


some adventurine stinger applied..


these pretties were made with Val's Raku Jitterbug frit...


and this group was inspired by an afternoon sunset...


anyway - that's just a taste.

not too shabby, eh?

so if you've been thinking about starting to lampwork - stop thinking and jump on in - the water's great!

Helen Simon
02-16-2007, 12:01 AM
Lovely work, Andrea! Thanks for sharing. Love, Helen

02-16-2007, 12:08 AM
Andrea - be afraid, VERY afriad.....

you'd never want to see my first work - really BAD!!!!!

Barbara Barteau
02-16-2007, 06:41 AM
Great beads!

Ellen Altamore
02-16-2007, 09:56 AM
Welcome to WC! and thanks for the eye candy.

02-16-2007, 09:56 AM
Andrea, welcome to WetCanvas, you're the 100,000th member, and your work is mindblowingly good.

I've sent you a PM (Personal Message).

02-16-2007, 01:00 PM
Hi Andrea,

Great work! Some great color combinations, and your "three bead sets" are particularly nice. They match the focal bead well, and the earring beads are wonderfully matched in size. I started out on a Hothead (make that "Fireworks torch", then HH). I learned a lot and made some very nice beads. Once I moved up to a Minor, it was easier to learn to use the hotter flame without learning basic beadmaking at the same time.

Birmingham, AL

02-16-2007, 01:27 PM
Hi Andrea,

Welcome to the wonder world of Lampwork eh? Your first beads are so beautiful! I think you came in with a very artistic talent. :D

Me? I'm learning talent as I go.

And congrats on the 100,000 deal. wow! Can you imagine if everyone posted just once on the same day????

02-16-2007, 03:59 PM
oh my, such a warm welcome! Thank you!

ooh, I can tell this place is gonna be a lot of fun....

and that 100,000th member thing...

How ridiculous is that?!


like I said - the honor really goes out to all of you for making this place so fun and informative.

and for the record - I don't really need to be addressed as "The Supreme Goddess of the 100,000th WC Member Subscription."

"Andrea" will do just fine.

02-16-2007, 05:49 PM
ok guys, I'm kinda slow - how does one know what number they are?????

02-16-2007, 06:21 PM
Welcome! Great beads. :wave:

02-16-2007, 06:37 PM
Welcome & congrats on your great work!:clap: I'm already looking foward to seeing more.:thumbsup:
ginger :wave:

02-17-2007, 12:35 AM
ok guys, I'm kinda slow - how does one know what number they are?????

Maybe you should ask a guide LOL< just playing Rich I have no idea how to tell.:wink2: :evil:

02-17-2007, 01:05 AM
Dearest "Supreme Goddess of the 100,000th WC Member Subscription",

Your "newby" beads are simply gorgeous. You have definitely entered the glass realm with talent and an understanding of molten sand. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing with us. :heart:

02-17-2007, 06:17 PM
Wow, amazing work. Keep it up.