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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Busy week!

It’s been a busy week at Let Fire Inspire! After a couple of days working away with my husband, I got back to the workshop on Wednesday and was joined at the torch flame by Corinne - she was celebrating her birthday with a taster session in lampwork glass beadmaking.

Corinne’s husband Simon joined her for the morning - and he brought his camera along to record the event! He’s very kindly given me permission to use his photographs here.

In a beginners’ taster session here at Let Fire Inspire the first task at the torch flame is to pull some ‘stringers’ of glass, in order to get experience of how the glass feels and behaves at different temperatures. We move on to winding and shaping glass in the flame, starting with a plain bead and moving on to two different surface decoration techniques. Students make three beads in a ninety-minute taster session.

My snap of Corinne’s finished collection of three beads. My favourite is the middle one - she decorated a mauve bead with some gorgeous reactive purple frit, and it’s come out beautifully!

My snap of Corinne’s finished collection of three beads. My favourite is the middle one - she decorated a mauve bead with some gorgeous reactive purple frit, and it’s come out beautifully!

Shaping a bead in the torch flame. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Shaping a bead in the torch flame. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Melting frit on the surface of a bead. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Melting frit on the surface of a bead. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Shaping the bead in the torch flame. All it takes is a consistent turn! The magic of shaping glass is the combination of heat, gravity and surface tension! Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Shaping the bead in the torch flame. All it takes is a consistent turn! The magic of shaping glass is the combination of heat, gravity and surface tension! Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.


Hot on Corinne and Simon’s tails were mum-and-daughter pair Sarah and Hannah, who joined me for a beginners’ half-day session yesterday morning. This again was in celebration of a birthday, and again a good time was had by all! I’d met Hannah and Sarah last summer while I was demonstrating lampwork glass beadmaking during Lewes Artwave Festival, and I was delighted to welcome them to the workshop yesterday.

Here’s Sarah winding a bead at the torch flame - the dish of red frit on the left-hand side is destined for surface decoration.

Here’s Sarah winding a bead at the torch flame - the dish of red frit on the left-hand side is destined for surface decoration.

I always tell my students that choosing their colours is the most difficult part of the course! They have the choice of around 15 glass rods to work with, and a selection of six colours of frit. Here you can see Hannah wavering over which colour of frit to choose…

I always tell my students that choosing their colours is the most difficult part of the course! They have the choice of around 15 glass rods to work with, and a selection of six colours of frit. Here you can see Hannah wavering over which colour of frit to choose…

Both ladies torching at their respective workbenches. Yes, those are coffee cups on top of the kiln, and yes, it does help to keep hot drinks hot!

Both ladies torching at their respective workbenches. Yes, those are coffee cups on top of the kiln, and yes, it does help to keep hot drinks hot!

Ta-daaaah! Sarah’s beads are at the top, and Hannah’s are the bottom ones. They picked a beautifully diverse range of colours - I love Hannah’s green gravity-twisted bead, second left, and Sarah’s very vibrant orange bead dotted with yellow and white, far right.

Ta-daaaah! Sarah’s beads are at the top, and Hannah’s are the bottom ones. They picked a beautifully diverse range of colours - I love Hannah’s green gravity-twisted bead, second left, and Sarah’s very vibrant orange bead dotted with yellow and white, far right.


Would YOU like to let fire inspire on a course with me here at the workshop?

Nature's beads

After the (fabulous) chaos of Artwave my feet haven’t really touched the ground - I’m now in the throes of getting my accounting paperwork sorted while getting on with teaching my courses and preparing for my next open studio event over the last two weekends in September!

Even writing that very long paragraph has made me feel as if I need a break!

We had a couple of hours off on this glorious Sunday afternoon, taking the bikes out on a lovely circular trip along the lanes to the next village and back. Late summer (yes, it’s still summer officially until the 20th!) is just so beautiful, with all sorts of gorgeous hedgerow goodies to admire.

These pictures might just nudge me in the direction of berry colours - what do you think?

These berries are already a necklace!

These berries are already a necklace!

Blackberries - who’s for crumble?

Blackberries - who’s for crumble?

A marvel of natural construction - lovely!

A marvel of natural construction - lovely!

Rosehips in someone’s front hedge. I love the contrast.

Rosehips in someone’s front hedge. I love the contrast.

Who’s for square beads inspired by this wrapped silage?

Who’s for square beads inspired by this wrapped silage?

Haws - the hawthorn’s been prolific this year!

Haws - the hawthorn’s been prolific this year!

Lords & ladies - a bright flash in a low ditch.

Lords & ladies - a bright flash in a low ditch.

Sloes are looking good! I love the bloom on them.

Sloes are looking good! I love the bloom on them.

This way, folks!

This way, folks!

Off he goes - the pub’s not far.

Off he goes - the pub’s not far.

Do these dry roasted peanuts count as ‘beadspiration’?

Do these dry roasted peanuts count as ‘beadspiration’?

And we mustn’t forget the bead hole……

And we mustn’t forget the bead hole……


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

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