Lampwork Glass Beads by Mavis Smith

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Halloween scene bead

I first began making lampwork beads in early 1997. Over the past thirteen years I have learned many techniques in glass working, my favorite being in the field of murrine or cane work. I like to use murrine to add impossibly small details to my sculptural and encased lampwork bead styles.

The pendant to the left contains several murrini: an RIP tombstone, a jack o'lantern, and the face of the witch as well as the tiny red flowers. It consists of many carefully constructed layers and is less than 1 1/2 inches across.

My tools of the trade are an oxygen/propane torch, my current favorite being the Knight Bullet Burner, various small hand tools, and glass, of course. I anneal all my work in a digitally controlled kiln to assure a lasting work of art.

Halloween is my favorite holiday season, so you will see many witches year round. I also love to make fairies, mermaids, and goddesses.

I make my own canes, known as murrine and sometimes as millefiore. The techniques are similar to the way polymer clay artists build canes, except I work with molten glass. My canes are directly assembled in the flame and can involve days of making and assembling various parts to complete a final product suitable for use in my lampwork beads and buttons.

face murrine

Assorted murrini slices, nipped from lengths of cane and ready for use in my buttons and beads.

      pulling cane

<-Pulling cane.             

      Cat murrine parts->

cat murrine

Sculptural Lampwork Beads:

lampwork goddess bead  lampwork geisha bead  lampwork fairy bead  lampwork cat witch bead 

Encased Lampwork Beads:

fairy scene lampwork bead  ocean lampwork bead  fairy scene lampwork bead 

Copyright 2011 Mavis Smith

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