Lampwork Leaves and Feathers

After a work trip to San Antonio afforded enough free time for a lampwork class with Sam Hibler, I’ve really been enjoying making beads again.

Glass has been a summer thing for me – as winter temps in my garage have been cold enough to thermally shock stringer into bits from the heat of my hand picking it up. Summer of course has many competing activities – such as battling the thistle colonies left behind by the previous owners of my house – and I don’t think I got to beads at all, last summer. The serendipitous class time in a well-arranged, safe studio with an established library of techniques was a nice kickstart to me doing things on my own again.

(Stealing the crockpot to heat up my insulating vermiculite has also made a difference in the number of surviving beads.)


From a March 2019 Soda Lime Times tutorial on feathers: not especially GOOD work, but a heck of a lot of fun, and great practice in encased stringer and its applications.

  • Oak leaves in CIM Toto, Moccasin, and Effetre Apple Blush, with That Frit Girl “Hare and the Tortoise” unexpectedly-reducing frit
  • Acorn headpins in the same, still missing caps
  • Feathers in CIM Aloha, Poison Apple, Envy and Effetre Dark Ivory


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