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.

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Letting fire inspire

It was another busy weekend here at the Let Fire Inspire workshop - Sam joined me on Friday for a half-day session, closely followed by returning student Gemma for an all-day one-to-one course on Saturday. Gemma had been for a taster session a fortnight ago, so rather than starting completely from scratch we played it by ear and investigated some intermediate techniques.

 Sam made these beauties - we worked with opaques and transparents, simple melted-in frit, frit which was gravity-twisted, and them some random dots. Terrific! These are the results of a half-day beginners' course.

Sam made these beauties - we worked with opaques and transparents, simple melted-in frit, frit which was gravity-twisted, and them some random dots. Terrific! These are the results of a half-day beginners' course.

 As they are made, the beads go straight into the kiln, where they are annealed overnight for lasting strength. Here are Gemma's beads the day after her all-day course, still on their mandrels.

As they are made, the beads go straight into the kiln, where they are annealed overnight for lasting strength. Here are Gemma's beads the day after her all-day course, still on their mandrels.

 Here they are again, after being removed from their mandrels and strung on ribbon. I always make sure they arrive with my students in the order in which they made them - every bead tells a story, after all!

Here they are again, after being removed from their mandrels and strung on ribbon. I always make sure they arrive with my students in the order in which they made them - every bead tells a story, after all!

Thank you so much for today’s course.... loved it! I think I could come every day for a week and still not feel like I’d have enough of making beads with you! Can’t wait to see how they turned out.
Thank you so much for lunch too - totally delicious and I will be having dreams about that lemon mousse for a very long time to come!

Ta-daaaaah!

Clare and I had a great day at the torches on Saturday - having shown you in a previous post the list of ALL the beads she'd made, I felt I'd better report back with a picture of the beads themselves! And here they are! I'd meant to post these pictures when I actually took them, which was Monday - it's now Thursday....! Still, like many things in life - better late than never!

 Clare's beads (in my right hand) and my demo beads (in my left hand) straight out of the kiln, still on their mandrels, after being kiln-annealed overnight for lasting strength.

Clare's beads (in my right hand) and my demo beads (in my left hand) straight out of the kiln, still on their mandrels, after being kiln-annealed overnight for lasting strength.

 Clare's finished beads strung on ribbon in the order in which she made them. It's lovely to be able to follow the journey from the simplest bead to the most complicated!

Clare's finished beads strung on ribbon in the order in which she made them. It's lovely to be able to follow the journey from the simplest bead to the most complicated!

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Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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