Beginner Lampwork tips from Facebook

A few weeks back we asked our Facebook friends for some helpful tips for lampwork beginners.

If you have a tip or technique you would like to share, post it on our page Frantz Art Glass Facebook Fan Page.

Thanks to all that participated.

Annie Kuhn
Keep your fingers out of the fire.

Kelly Taylor Kruggel
Beginners Tip: Do Not Be Afraid.

Barbara Desvaux de Marigny
As a beginner it would have helped me if I had understood how important it is to the various techniques to be able to “read” the temperature of the glass bead. Once I learnt this, I found encasing, adding murrini and other techniques much easier to master. Also get to know the areas of your flame and don’t forget how much heat there is just under the flame which is handy when decorating beads especially with stringers.

Sara Conklin
Worst burns ever were when i thought i could answer and then talk on the phone and melt glass. Let the answering machine do its job. Focus on the task at hand.

Elizabeth Beads
Beginners tip: glass wants to be round. Rotate evenly and let your bead round itself out in the flame.

Wendy Maurer
Didn’t realize Frantz had a Facebook page, thanks for mentioning it in your newsletter. Beginner tip: when soaking beads to remove them from the mandrel or once off the mandrel to clean them – add a couple drops of dishwashing liquid to the water, it makes them easier to clean. Tip 2 – if your light turquoise gets a scummy film on the outside, once you take your beads off the mandrel, soak them for about 8 hours in some cola and the scum disappears. If you get scum in the first place, watch to see where in the flame you are holding your rod and adjust it, same if you get red spots in turquoise. You may also have to add more oxygen.

Mary Ann Schwalbach
If you try to imbed silver wire inside a glass bead, it’ll crack as it cools……I’m thinking silver has a different COE as 103

Carol Christensen-Day
Beginner’s Tips: I don’t think I have any advice that I haven’t already seen. But some of that advice I wish I had followed from the very beginning. Take notes. I have some beads with an effect that I love – and cannot reproduce. (I have many more beads that are attempts to reproduce a favorite effect). I now take notes. A simple notebook starting each entry with the date, the glass I’m using, the experiments. I also note when I change my kiln settings – e.g. a little hotter, a little longer. My notes tend to trail off into a session but I find that if a bead turns out great, I can zero in on what I was using and doing to create that bead. I also note on the previous day’s notes how the beads came out of the kiln – e.g. bright, dark, more blue, etc.

Another piece of advice is LABEL the rods. Maybe because I love buying and trying new glass I have a lot of 1/4 pounds. Its amazing how similar dissimilar rods can be.

My last piece of advice is buy from Frantz. Yes a shameless plug, but they have provided great service and been really helpful whenever I was in a fix.

I and even though I don’t

Cynthia Hass Bishop
Grow ALOE VERA plants outside your studio door! Shocky glass can fly and burn you unexpectedly.

Leza Harary
Here’s my tip: don’t get the bead release too thick on the mandrel. It’ll break right in the middle of your coolest bead!!