My name is April (BrooklynBeadGoddess). I am a glass bead maker and jewelry designer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York gives me the style and flair unique to my jewelry. I've always been intrigued with glass. When I was young I remember seeing glass artists along the Coney Island boardwalk. I loved seeing the sparkling delicate sculptures they made. Today I am pleased create my own glass beads and incorporate them in my jewelry designing. I use a technique called "lampworking" to make my glass beads.
Lampwork is used to describe handcrafted glass
beads that are made by melting glass rods with a torch. The word "lamp"
was used in ancient times when the glass was melted with the flame of an
oil lamp. Today the craft is also called "flameworking".
bead is individually hand crafted by heating a glass rod in the flame of
an oxygen and natural gas mixed gas torch. The hot glass is melted and
applied to a steel rod. I'm open to whatever glass I can experiment
with. Lately I'm using German Lauscha, Italian glass Effetre/Moretti,
Vetrofond and Creation is Messy. I enjoy learning from and making
friends with other artists. Being involved in the art world has always
been my passion.
Making glass beads takes time and patience. Mostly
it takes practice, practice and more practice. That's what keeps me
focused. There is always something new to learn.
I hope my work brings as much joy to you as it does for me.
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