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Video: Making a Reactive Silver Glass Raised Dot Bead

In this video I demonstrate how I create an encased silver glass bead with tiny raised dots on the surface.

With the right type of flame, the silver in the silver glass is brought to the surface of the bead causing it to develop a slightly metallic sheen. Once I see that sheen I quickly and carefully capture that luster beneath a layer of crystal clear glass.

After encasing, and shaping and smoothing the bead, I apply three rows of alternating dots with a silver glass stringer pulled thin.

It takes a steady hand to get the dots just right! 😀

Once applied, the raised glass dots are spun through the heat of the flame just enough to allow them to melt about half way down. If they were not melted in far enough the dots would be at risk of being popped off when worn. But melting them too far down can cause them to lose their dimension and disappear into the bead altogether. It’s a tricky balance between too much and too little heat.

I hope you enjoy watching me work at the torch! 🙂

Christina
CCGlassArt

Video: Watch Me Make a ‘Hollow’ Murrini Cane!

Watch me melt glass and play with fire! In this video I work step-by-step to create a hollow-looking murrini cane. I include narration throughout, so you might learn a little something along the way, (but if you get tired of hearing me talk, feel free to mute the video – haha). 😀

*Click here (or the image below) to view the video on YouTube in a new window*

Making a 'hollow' core murrini cane for lampwork glass beadsThanks for watching 😀

Video: Glass Shard Application on Lampwork Bead

In this video I make a small bead with my own handblown shards!

Shards are thin sheets of blown glass that can be wrapped around beads to add interest and detail to a design. I used shards quite a lot back when I was making large focals. But applying them to small beads can be a bit tricky. Especially if you are using reactive shards that tend to move while they melt in the heat of the flame.

I hope you enjoy it!

Please note:  This video is a demonstration for entertainment purposes only.

A photo of the finished bead after kiln annealing…

hand blown glass shard bead, applying shards, making glass beads, aqua turquoise bead, organic beads

Murrini Application on White Glass Video

Here’s another YouTube video I made while testing murrini. Whenever I make murrini I always test it on white glass to see a true representation of the colors. Also it helps me to see how the murrini behaves in the flame and when applied.

Here are some pictures of the murrini I used during the video after kiln annealing –

There is no speaking or teaching in this video, it is just a demonstration for entertainment purposes only.*

*Because this video is only a demonstration for entertainment purposes, and not for instruction as a tutorial, I will not be offering any advice or information as to the colors, tools or techniques I use. If you learn something new, that’s great! But the video is really just for your enjoyment.

Disclaimer: please do not attempt these techniques unless you are well skilled in working with molten glass in an open flame – if you do try these techniques you assume all responsibility for the outcome of your efforts and agree that you are aware of and will comply with any and all safety precautions associated with making glass beads including but not limited to proper ventilation of your work environment, wearing safety glasses and appropriate clothing, use of an open flame, working with hot glass, being careful around sharp glass, etc., etc… CCGlassArt cannot be held responsible for any negative results you may incur attempting these techniques.

Lampworking Behind-the-Scenes YouTube Video!

This is something I’ve been planning to do for a while…YouTube Videos! 🙂 I knew I wanted to give my glass bead fans a peek behind-the-scenes of what I do, and video is a great way to do this.

I quickly discovered that not all the beads I make are well suited to video. My encased murrini beads, for example, will not work for this. I found I move around way too much when making those beads for the video to even be watchable, (a.k.a. ‘Whiplash Productions’, as my father-in-law calls videos that are all over the place they practically make you dizzy, LOL! 😀 ) Don’t worry though, I have lots of other projects planned that should work well with the video format.

One thing to note, these are not instructional, tutorial-type videos. I really wanted the videos to be for entertainment purposes only so that everyone could enjoy them, not just glass-artists. Therefore, I won’t be offering any information as to the materials, tools or techniques I use in the videos. I also have to have a disclaimer for those glass artists who may want to duplicate these techniques, (see below).

I will work to improve these videos as I go along so they are more enjoyable – trying to reduce background noise, and better centering the video screen over my work area, etc.

Thank you for watching!

 

The finished bead after annealing:

feathered frit bead, swirled frit bead

Disclaimer: please do not attempt these techniques unless you are well skilled in working with molten glass in an open flame – if you do try these techniques you assume all responsibility for the outcome of your efforts and agree that you are aware of and will comply with any and all safety precautions associated with making glass beads including but not limited to proper ventilation of your work environment, wearing safety glasses and appropriate clothing, use of an open flame, working with hot glass, being careful around sharp glass, etc., etc… CCGlassArt cannot be held responsible for any negative results you may incur attempting these techniques.