Having said that, my second love involves using a large fixed torch, glass, scissors, marvers, dental tools, knives, spoons, mashers and other assorted tools. Yep, playing with fire and sharp things...my favourite way to describe making lampwork beads (and jewellery, for that matter).
People ask me a lot about what inspires me, and what I like best about making jewellery. Inpiration comes from everywhere...literally but I'll save that for another blog post. What do I like best? Well, there are many things that I like about making beads (and jewellery for that matter!) from working with my hands, to taking classes and meeting/working wtih so many talented and wonderful people to hitting things with hammers (see the post about my hammers) to making lampwork beads. This has become a highly addictive activity as it shares many of the characteristics I love about working with silver. Transformation and just making stuff.
I recently took a class in Lampwork Sculpture. It was really a lot of fun! It went beyond just making a round bead..it involves creating beads with a little personality. Critters, goddesses, teddy bears and funky shapes!
Once I get in the groove though, things just flow...figuratively and literally! I usually have my headphones on and iPod set to shuffle and away I go. It is almost a meditative state making a bead...once started you're commited to continue working on it until it's done. Once it's done, for better or worse, it's done. There's isn't really any going back so you have to plan things a little - stay one step ahead of yourself. I like to have my tools laid out beside me so I don't have to look for them. The last thing I want to happen, is to break my bead because I couldn't find a particular instrument of destruction to poke it with!