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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Your own hot glass workbench!

Got some experience at lampwork glass beadmaking, but nowhere to spread your creative wings?

At Let Fire Inspire I offer blocks of ‘torchtime’ for beadmakers to come along and use the workshop as their own to work on their independent projects. Glass, tools and equipment are all supplied, and regular torchtime slots run on the third Thursday of most months, with additional diary slots available on demand if you find a Thursday isn’t suitable for you!

Here’s what some of my torchtimers have got up to recently:

Hesther in action making gorgeous animal beads at the torch flame.

Hesther in action making gorgeous animal beads at the torch flame.

Puffin, octopus, floral turtle, piggy and bunny were all on the torchtime menu that day!

Puffin, octopus, floral turtle, piggy and bunny were all on the torchtime menu that day!

Rosie’s chosen project was to make accent beads to complement these beaded beads she’d made.

Rosie’s chosen project was to make accent beads to complement these beaded beads she’d made.

I was delighted to meet the finished necklace at the Big Bead Show - it’s beautiful!

I was delighted to meet the finished necklace at the Big Bead Show - it’s beautiful!

Theresa made these bright beads for her grandson. I love how she’s put them together in this easy-to-wear necklet.

Theresa made these bright beads for her grandson.
I love how she’s put them together in this easy-to-wear necklet.

More of Theresa’s beads. This is an excellent haul in a two-hour time slot (other length slots are available - do just ask!).

More of Theresa’s beads.
This is an excellent haul in a two-hour time slot (other length slots are available - do just ask!).

Big, bold and beautiful beads by Doris - aren’t they fabulous?

Big, bold and beautiful beads by Doris - aren’t they fabulous?

All of the work shown above is entirely the work of the people who made them. For torchtime sessions I provide supervisory support, and am of course on hand if people have any questions - but there is no formal tuition involved.

If you’re not ready for independent torchtime quite yet - why not have a look at taking a course with me? I’d love to welcome you to Let Fire Inspire!

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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