February 5, 2015 2 min to read

The Joys Of The Internet And Beads

Category : Internet And Beads, Uncategorized

It’s probably a bit too intense for most people (myself included definitely, I’m not pyromaniac by any means!) lampworking is one of the oldest and most evolved artistic outlets on the planet. I like this one concept that I had heard only a few short years ago, and I’m roughly paraphrasing here but it goes something like this: “You don’t have to be an artist to be an art critic.” I guess I only like it as far as it can apply to me but typically I’m not a fan of people who like to throw their opinion around without having paid their dues or earned the right to throw their opinion around. That said, take my opinions with a grain of salt and enjoy what information I’ve gathered here.

lampwork-munich-beads

This lovely little bracelet is composed of several different types of beads, including Miyuki beads (a Japanese import), ceramic beads, Swarovski beads (a big name company based out of Austria that manufactures beads) and also sterling silver (for the bracelet itself obviously.) © Vera Kleist Thom.

Although many beads can be made out of silver, gold or any other type of malleable metal, I’m pretty sure that those beads would no longer be categorized as lamp work beads, but some sort of an off shoot of metalworking. Anyway, as I mentioned in the caption for the picture above, Miyuki beads (which I only learned about recently), are essentially a Japanese type of seed bead (which is one of the smallest types of beads that can be made). It’s fun to learn new things and a little about other cultures all at the same time, isn’t it?

white-owl-lampwork-earrings

Owls might be my favorite animal so these little earrings are certainly up my alley. The style and execution are certainly cute but I can only imagine how difficult it could be to try to get the bodies, eyes, beaks and toes of each owl in the course of lampworking. © Kathy.

I’m pretty sure most of us have the internet to thank for a lot of our personal learning experiences. With the advent of taking college or trade school courses online and of course the wide plethora of websites that offer all kinds of information (including sites for fans of beads, right?) At the very least we can research the things we want much more extensively before we buy them in this century.

vintage-recycled-jewelry

Here’s a picture of a great idea: recycled vintage jewelry, making use of lamp work and glass work beads. Although this particular piece of jewelry seems like it might be used for a weapon, the concept itself could be adapted for any kind of jewelry. © Design Initiative.