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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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!

Some answers to questions

I get quite a lot of questions about courses here at Let Fire Inspire. People say to me:

I’d love to do a course, but it seems expensive, and anyway I’ve got so many creative hobbies already that I don’t want to have to accommodate another hobby! What if I get hooked? I won’t be able to do it at home!

Absolutely! Let’s unpick this.

‘I’d love to do a course…’
Great! Let’s talk! I offer taster courses, half-day courses and all-day courses in lampwork glass beadmaking. What’s more, on my five-week ‘Journey into Beadmaking’ course we also make four jewellery projects incorporating your beads along the way.

‘…but it seems expensive…’
It’s not - really it’s not. Everything you need is included in the price - plus there’s free-flowing tea and coffee! If you come on one of my day courses I’ll even make you a delicious lunch here in the workshop. There is no extra fee for any materials, because all the glass is included. It’s actually really good value!

‘…I’ve got so many creative hobbies already…’
Yay! I love to hear this! Firstly, it tells me that you and I are really going to get on, and secondly I bet this means that you’ve got all sorts of transferable skills which will be invaluable on your lampwork glass beadmaking course!
If you enjoy drawing you might be a dab hand at applying dots of glass to your beads.
If you enjoy painting you’re likely to have an eye for colour. What will you enjoy putting together?
If you’re a knitter or crocheter you’ll find familiarity in repetitive movements.
If you're creative, with lots of hobbies, you’ll know exactly what it’s like to stumble upon something AMAZING! And lampwork glass beadmaking could be your latest amazing venture.

Don’t forget though that absolutely NO experience is needed for you to come on one of my courses! You might view yourself as positively uncreative - and that’s absolutely fine too!

REGARDLESS, WE WILL HAVE A BALL!

You’re coming to do a course - to explore, to do something new, to make something beautiful. And, most importantly, you’re doing it for YOU!

‘…I don’t want to have to accommodate another hobby. What if I get hooked? I won’t be able to do it at home!’
Well, I hope you DO get hooked - I fell in love with lampwork glass beadmaking at first sight - and that was just from watching a demonstration! I went away and did a course, then did another course… and yes, I did then find I loved it enough to want to work independently at the torch flame, so I set up my first little workshop in a little timber garden shed.

BUT before you build a shed or clear out your garage to set up a workbench, or take out a bank loan because you want to buy ALL the kit….. remember that I offer ‘torchtime’ sessions! I have regular students who come and use my workshop, glass, equipment, tools and coffee stash as their own - under supervision, but with no formal tuition included - to work on their own independent projects. You can start a production line of your own lampwork glass beads right here in the Let Fire Inspire workshop! You can come for between two hours and an entire day (although to be honest I’d like to get home before The Archers, which starts at 7pm. Just saying).

If you’ve ever wanted to let fire inspire, then do consider a course with me here at the workshop. You’ll be glad you did!

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

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