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'.

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.

 

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Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
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