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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One-to-one course

Vicki joined me in the workshop on Saturday for an all-day one-to-one beadmaking course - we had a very enjoyable day at the torch flame, and I'm thrilled to be able to show you some pictures!

Vicki letting fire inspire at the torch flame - here she is in action making her second lampwork glass bead of the day, in a glorious shade of transparent teal.

Vicki letting fire inspire at the torch flame - here she is in action making her second lampwork glass bead of the day, in a glorious shade of transparent teal.

Vicki is shown here applying dots of glass to her seventh bead of the day. She teamed transparent cobalt with opaque violet on a base of sky blue, which is a lovely combination!

Vicki is shown here applying dots of glass to her seventh bead of the day. She teamed transparent cobalt with opaque violet on a base of sky blue, which is a lovely combination!

Here they are, still on their mandrels after being kiln-annealed overnight for lasting strength. This is an essential part of the process when working with hot glass.

Here they are, still on their mandrels after being kiln-annealed overnight for lasting strength. This is an essential part of the process when working with hot glass.

Ta daah! Finished beads, ready to post! I endeavour to send students' beads the first working day after the course - they're sent first class, included in the price of the course.

Ta daah! Finished beads, ready to post! I endeavour to send students' beads the first working day after the course - they're sent first class, included in the price of the course.

Vicki's kindly been in touch with her feedback - thank you so much! I'm already looking forward to next time!

I just wanted to say thank you for my lesson on Saturday! I really enjoyed it. You have really inspired me and it has now been a life changing experience that now I have tried making glass beads I want to continue. Until you try something new, you never know if you will like it or not!

Thank you for your patience.

By the way, you are an amazing teacher and you have a great way of teaching. I did mean it when I told you on Saturday.

 

Hokey cokey...

This week I've been very busy making beads, sorting beads and putting beads into pairs, trios, sets and collections in preparation for my trip to Merstham on Sunday for the inaugural East Surrey Bead Fair!

I'm really excited about it - so much so, I've been doing the cokey soaky. Or do I mean the hokey cokey? Let me explain......

Some types of glass that I use - namely the colours pigmented with copper oxide (especially opaque turquoise) - can take on a gunmetal sheen in the kiln. This effect is often desirable, but in my case, more often than not, I want my turquoise to be turquoise!

So what can be done to turn this...

So what can be done to turn this...

...into this?

...into this?

The answer is - of course - the cokey-soaky! I nipped across to East Hoathly Village Stores to get a bottle of good ol' Coca Cola, poured a good slug of it into a bowl, added the beads I wanted to re-turquoise-ise, and popped it onto the top of the kiln so that it became nice and warm. I find it's more effective for this job when it's warm rather than cold.

I expect that if I were to drink* the stuff though, I'd prefer ice and a slice!

*which I don't.

Here's the soup bowl in all its cokey soaky hokey cokey glory. You can see a little of the gunmetal effect around some of the bead holes.

Here's the soup bowl in all its cokey soaky hokey cokey glory. You can see a little of the gunmetal effect around some of the bead holes.


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

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