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!

Inspiration from students

When I make beads, my head and my hands automatically switch into ‘little and round’ mode. Ever since my first hours at the torch flame I’ve been obsessed by the way the glass seems to want to be round - and simply by turning the glass in the flame while taking into account its heat and its corresponding viscosity, it does seem to happen all by itself.

I find this flame shaping so compelling that it’s what I want to do almost all of the time! Yes I do make beads in other shapes and sizes, but little and round, well, what can I say? You’re my favourite things to make!

Of course, every artist is different - and that’s certainly as true in glass beadmaking as it is in any other art form. Because of this, I really enjoy seeing (and being involved in) the types of work made by my students and my regular ‘torchtimers’ here at the Let Fire Inspire workshop.

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These beads were made by Doris, one of my regular torchtimers, last week - they’re big, they’re bold, and they’re utterly beautiful! She picked shades of purple, blue and pink to work with, combining some with clear and some with fine silver, and this set of beads is absolutely stunning! She used a wide range of colours in each one of her beads, mixing the glass almost as she applied it to create stunning swirly effects. Works of art? I jolly well think so!

Do you have some experience at the flame already?
Perhaps you’ve done a course with me, or with someone else, and are itching to get back to the torch!
Use my workshop and materials as your own on one of my ‘torchtime’ sessions at the Let Fire Inspire workshop - I’d love to welcome you along!

(And I’ll even make you a coffee!)


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

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