Let fire inspire

Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

Wow!

Just before Christmas I was contacted by a goldsmith with premises near London, who asked me if I could train him and his colleague to make small lampwork glass cabochons with inclusions of ashes. Several phone conversations and e-mails later, I tailor-made an all-day course to lead them through techniques of working with glass rods in the flame, mixing, adding inclusions of cremation ashes, encasing gathers and making and shaping beautifully-domed tiny cabochons, which we then cold-worked using my glass grinder.

Ryan and Matt from Alba Rose were great to work with, and all three of us got a lot out of the day. Having many years of experience as goldsmiths they were of course already accustomed to working with a flame and using shaping tools, and these skills translated very well across to the medium of glass.

You can see Ryan and Matt in action at the torch flame here.

So I was thrilled to hear from Ryan a couple of weeks ago announcing that Alba Rose’s new range of cremation jewellery incorporating lampwork glass cabochons has now launched. See for yourself how very beautiful their glasswork is!


The Workshop, 8 Village Works, London Road, East Hoathly
Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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