Lampworking Studio Re-Opens

Aug 26, 2020 We are re-opening the lampwork studio. We will limit to 4 people in the studio at a time. masks required when moving around the studio maintain social distance, we have 4 tables, so one person per table please call ahead (416-751-1911) or email to book Happy Hour will re-start next Monday, Aug 31 – 5 pm – 9 pm. Store washroom is available If you are not feeling well, please stay home If you want to learn to make your own beads, play with fire, and juggle molten glass, our next class coming up is Sep 19. …

Fun, Friendship and Sharing at Happy Hour Torching

The term “Happy Hour” usually refers to a time of pre-dinner cocktails and drinks with friends and co-workers. In BeadFX’s case, “Happy Hour Torching” is a gathering of like-minded lampworkers who get together twice a week over a torch and colourful rods of glass. “Happy Hour Torching has been going on for about three years,” says Malliga Nathan, BeadFX’s Studio Manager. Malliga, a lampworker herself, often joins in on Thursday evenings. Carol Cooper facilitates Happy Hour Torching and is available to answer questions and give tips and tricks to new lampworkers. “Lampworking is an artform and lampworkers are, by nature, …

Fusing Experiment

Holy Snake Snot – it’s a holiday weekend and the weather is amazing. Making it – oops, sorry – hard to remember to come inside and do computer stuff like writing a blog! However, here is a little peek at a project I’m doing today. As a lampworker, sometimes you have beads crack because they get too cold (while you are admiring them) before they go in the kiln. Perfectly nice beads, cracked in half. So when you collect enough of them, you can put them in the kiln and fuse them – melt them into cabochons, which will flatten …

Lampwork Studio is ready to roll!

The lampworking studio is ready to rock and roll!  Ventilation installed – check torches installed and hooked up to gas and oxygen and tested – check 8 workstations – 2 more than before – check individual task lighting for each workstation – check noisy equipment installed in other room for more pleasant torching environment – check new, sturdier glass shelves installed – check We are ready to go! Tuesday – Tomorrow night – Carol will be hosting a Happy Hour Torching from 5 – 9 pm, and then the studio will officially re-open Wednesday, February 22.  Please call ahead to …

Calling all Canadian Lampworkers!

…and polymer clay artists as well! I recently downloaded my copy of this months Soda Lime Times, and was very excited to learn that Beads of Courage is now in Canada!  Diane from Soda Lime Times has given us permission to share this with you. If you’re interested in donating some beads, please see the information below. The children really appreciate the donations of handmade beads!  Oh, and be sure to share this with any of your lampworking friends – They’d love to get the word out to whole community. Soda Lime Times is a wonderful monthly newsletter/magazine for beadmakers …

Lampwork Studio Clean Up

We’re planning on doing some studio clean up and redesign in the near future. (Yet again!) For those of you who don’t use the lampworking part of our store, the folks who do use it frequently like to store their supplies with us, to save lugging it back and forth. In light of the work that we plan to do – we request that those of you who have stuff stashed here, please come and pick it up by the end of December. That includes beads made too. Some of you have actually left phone numbers on your stash – …

Lampworking Studio News

Effective Today (Monday, November 7), Happy Hour Torching (2 hours for the price of 1) will now be for soft glass only. Happy Hour is every Monday and Thursday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, and gets you two hours of torching for the price of one. Happy Hour Torching is hosted by an experienced lampworker who can answer your questions. Excellent for beginners and novices. More experienced lampworkers will enjoy the camaraderie and exchange of ideas that come from torching in a shared environment. This event is popular, please call ahead (416 701-1373) or email to book space. In …

Lampworking

I was thinking this morning that we rarely talk about anything lampwork related on our blog. Strange that, as we are a lampwork studio after-all. It was certainly our main thing when beadFX first started many, many years ago. Over 10 in fact! Dwyn, our webmistress – and most excellent writer is also a very talented lampwork artist. While I would love to take credit for that, I didn’t in fact actually teach her how to make beads. I tried however: Dwyn was our very first employee back in the early days. One day, it was a little slow (or …

Glass Headpins!

Coming a little bit later today (as soon as I figure out how to use imovie – or when I give up and send it my sis in law) a little demo on how to make lampwork glass headpins. You can make these on pretty much any type of wire – so long as it’s not coated. The ones below are made with copper wire. I’ll polish them up later with a steel pad. Ok, I’m back – The video is awful – truly. I had to completely remove the sound as the noise from my vent hood was unbearable, …

Making Glass Beads – Making a Dichroic Glass Bead

OK – here it is – had to shorten it and try a bunch of stuff to make the file small enough to upload. But, ‘tiz done. Only took a day to shoot and two full days to edit. Anyone want any video edited – I’m charging an arm and a leg – per minute. For those of you who have never seen “lampwork” beads being made – I hope you find this useful and educational. For those of you who do make beads – I hope that you get something out of it too.