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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The next stage

I was so pleased to welcome Vicki back to the Let Fire Inspire workshop on Saturday morning for an extended half-day intermediate course (which is a posh way of saying that we went for a four-hour session rather than three). Vicki had the opportunity to build on her existing experience at the flame to work on more complex designs, as well as develop her interest in gravity-twisting to stunning decorative effect!

Here's what we did:

 

Halfway through a 'poked dot' bead - specifically the poking stage!

Halfway through a 'poked dot' bead - specifically the poking stage!

You can see Vicki has already capped four of the five poked dots.

You can see Vicki has already capped four of the five poked dots.

The clear 'cap' serves to capture an air bubble - don't let it get away....

The clear 'cap' serves to capture an air bubble - don't let it get away....

Pulling the clear rod away from the bead and getting ready to flame-cut it free.

Pulling the clear rod away from the bead and getting ready to flame-cut it free.

The caps are melted smooth, and the bubbles are there! They look like little eyes.

The caps are melted smooth, and the bubbles are there! They look like little eyes.

Out-of-focus, but you get the idea! Vicki picked a great colour combo!

Out-of-focus, but you get the idea! Vicki picked a great colour combo!

Vicki's beads spent Saturday night being kiln-annealed for lasting strength. Here's a snap of them still on their mandrels when I took them out of the kiln this morning.

Vicki's beads spent Saturday night being kiln-annealed for lasting strength. Here's a snap of them still on their mandrels when I took them out of the kiln this morning.

Vicki's finished collection of beads. Between us we had great fun exploring how different reactive colours work together - what a terrific haul!

Vicki's finished collection of beads. Between us we had great fun exploring how different reactive colours work together - what a terrific haul!

I've got something very exciting to share with you next time too - I'll be telling you all about your opportunity to embark on a 'journey into beadmaking'.

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!

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

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