Fact No. 286. (Published on 10/29/2005)

Lampworking Books

The September 3rd GlassFacts entry was on Cindy Jenkins's book Making Glass Beads. Several of you wrote to suggest other lampworking titles that are important parts of your own libraries. So here are three recommendations from your fellow GlassFacts.Info readers. (Descriptions provided by Amazon.com).

Passing the Flame - A Beadmaker's Guide to Detail and Design by Corina Tettinger –  Oh how I wish I would have had this Corina Tettinger book on lampworking when I started beadmaking! This is the best book I have seen (and I have them all!) for step-by-step instructions on how to make various designs in lampwork glass beadmaking.

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking by James Kervin –  This book has information on all methods of glass beadmaking. This includes wound, blown, fused, drawn, pressed and pate de verre. It has been expanded to also cover manufacture of cabochons, marbles, buttons, pendants, paperweights and hollow vessels. You will learn how to decorate and finish these objects with frits, dots, trailings, canes, latticino, ribbons, murrine, and much more. You will learn how to modify the surface by polishing, etching, electroforming, mirroring, etc.

The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking by Kimberley Adams –  The instructions begin with the basics: how to light the torch, wind and cool the bead, and shape the glass into barrels, cones, and discs. As beadmakers' skills develop, they can expand their horizons by experimenting with enamel; using mica dust to form an iridescent sheen; and applying silver, gold, and copper leaf to layers of glass. The most advanced projects are truly remarkable, from floral and sculptural beads to beads that encase images of stars, rainbows, and faces. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.

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