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.


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!


Hello from the Let Fire Inspire workshop!

You will have noticed a dramatic change to the Let Fire Inspire bead shop on Etsy, with my handmade lampwork glass beads now available individually. Whether you just want one to use as a delightful accent on one of your handcrafted jewellery pieces - or are shopping for a selection to use in a range of projects, or even your own Let-Fire-Inspired collection - you’ll find lots of choice in the shop!

I have sixteen different beads available, split into three collections:

Harlequin - eight colour options
Posy - seven colour options
Night Sky

In order to give you further choice in your designing options, these collections are available in four size ranges:

12-13mm diameter
13-14mm diameter
14-15mm diameter
15-16mm diameter

I am of course still making sets of ‘Specials’ which will appear in the shop from time to time, but the idea behind my ‘core’ Harlequin, Posy and Night Sky collections is that stocks of these beads will continue to be replenished.

‘But these new beads aren’t ‘one-offs’, are they?’
Yes and no - no, because I have worked hard to produce these designs that are replicable, repeatable, and available - but yes they are one-offs, because they’re not factory-farmed, remember: each bead is still made individually at the torch flame, and each is its own little piece of glass art with its own unique characteristics and variations.

Pick and mix to your heart’s content!

I have introduced a new flat rate for shipping, which is £2 inland, £3.50 Europe, £4.00 rest-of-world, regardless of the size and weight of your order.

Do have a look and see what you think. Thanks!

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

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