Welcome to my World of Glass!
This is ”My Studio”. My
wonderful husband Nick built it for me. A quick run down of my studio
consist of a torch, ventilation system (very important for not killing
brain cells), kiln, oxygen concentrator, lots of glass (don’t tell
hubby), tools and more tools, fire extinguisher which I hope to never use.
Yes, my name is Dawn and I have an addiction to glass!
I use a Betta
torch with natural gas and an oxygen concentrator. The kiln I use is a
Chili Pepper Tool box. I also have a hood vent that takes the fumes
from the torch and glass to the outside. There are several type
of glass that I use that are imported from Italy. They are Effetre (Moretti),
Vetrofond (Murano), and Lauscha glass. I also use a lot of crushed glass called Frit.
To make lampwork beads I use
my Betta torch and melt a rod of glass around a steel mandrel (a skinny
stainless steel rod about 12 inches long).
I then shape the bead and decorate it with various colors of glass and fine silver.
Once I make a bead it is
immediately placed in my digitally controlled kiln. This removes the
stress from the glass and makes the bead a lot stronger! This process
is called annealing. Of course they are glass but they should last a