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How To: Make glass beads with a lampworking torch

Here is a little video the demonstrates how to make glass beads. These lampworking instructions will teach you how to light a lampworking torch and make bead out of molten glass. You can add detail to your glass jewelry to form finely crafted glass jewelry such as beads, buttons and miniature animals.

How To: Turn scrap fusing glass into a ribbon cane

This is a quick demonstration of one of the many ways to turn scrap Bullseye glass in to a ribbon cane. Watch this instructional lampworking video to recycle glass pieces and melt them into a cane. You can then use the glass cane to melt it into finely crafted glass jewelry such as beads, buttons and glass miniatures.

How To: Make a wick holder for oil lamps

This instructional lampworking video demonstrates how to make a wick holder for an oil lamp. With a lampwork torch you can melt a small glass tube which you can use to hold a wick upright in a traditional oil lamp. This glass tube keeps the wick from slipping into the treacherous oil and preserves the flame.

How To: Use a holey marver to lampwork consistent glass beads

Watch this instructional lampworking video to use a holey marver for making strings of glass beads using a lampwork torch and an electric mandel spinner. A marver is a tool used in glassblowing. It generally is made of a polished steel surface and is used to shape molten glass. A warm piece of glass is rolled on the marver, for two reasons: controlling temperature and adjusting shape. Because the glass comes in direct contact with the steel, it must be kept very clean. A holey is usually rubb...

How To: Use a Powder Vibe tool for enamel powder and lampwork

Here are a few handy tips to help you care for your Powder Vibe for Glass Enamel Powders and how to load it safely. The Powder Vibe tool is a motorized device for the dispensing of glass enamel powders. This tool helps with health and safety by reducing dust and the need for enamel powder sifting when lampworking glass jewelry. The powder vibe tool keeps your enamel powders clean and gives you great control. Use the tool to add smooth streams of glass powder and enamel powder onto your lampwo...

How To: Use a Powder Vibe tool for glass enamel powders

The Powder Vibe tool is a motorized device for the dispensing of glass enamel powders. This tool helps with health and safety by reducing dust and the need for enamel powder sifting when lampworking glass jewelry. The powder vibe tool keeps your enamel powders clean and gives you great control. Use the tool to add smooth streams of glass powder and enamel powder onto your lampwork glass beads.

How To: Transfer glass using an electric mandrel spinner

See how fast and precisely you can transfer glass onto the mandrel using our electric mandrel spinner. An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how to build transfer glass from the cane using a lampwork torch and an ele...

How To: Remove mandrels from a handmade lampwork button

An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how to remove the mandrels from a completed glass button.

How To: Use a deluxe electric mandrel spinner for glass work

This video shows the features of the Deluxe electric mandrel spinner. An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how to use all of the features of an electric mandrel spinner.

How To: Make spacer beads with an electric mandrel spinner

See how you can quickly, easily, and consistently you can make uniform lampwork spacers using the Electric Mandrel Spinner. An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how to make glass spacer beads using a lampwork torch an...

How To: Maintain an electric mandrel spinner for glass work

An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how to maintain an electric mandrel spinner.

How To: Burnish silver leaf using an electric mandrel spinner

An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how burnish silver leaf using a lampwork torch and an electric mandrel spinner.

How To: Control a mandrel spinner for lampworking glass beads

An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. The rheostat dial on your power box will control your "set" spinning rate.

How To: Make mosaic glass art

Glass mosaics create beautiful decorative art pieces and are great for interior design and sprucing up a wall, walkway or even a piece of furniture in your house. Learn how to make a glass kitchen backsplash mosaic in this free art project video series.

How To: Lampwork a glass curly-Q

This instructional lampworking video shows how to make flame worked coils of glass.Use a rod of cold, thick glass to wrap the curly-q around. Using a thin, molten string of glass, feed the melted glass into the torch flame as you slowly turn the cold glass rod. This will create a quick and delicate glass coil.

How To: Make a round glass bead

Watch this instructional lampworking video to make a round bead using the Zoozii "Make Your Own Round" bead press. This video displays a clear example of how to use the bead press and other lampworking tools. The text instructions provide tips for perfecting your round glass bead.

How To: Make a fused glass pendant

Learn how to make a fused pendant from sheet glass. This video shows the visual procedure of creating fused glass pendants with a torch and a kiln. You can fuse pieces of glass together with a torch and then bake the designs to perfection. While there are certainly more laborious details involved in the process, this video provides a helpful visual overview.

How To: Lampwork glass rain drops

This is a quick lampworking instructional video showing how to make borosilicate glass rain drops using a torch. The glass needs some careful sculpting to form a clear glass loop at the top. This process can be repeated to make several rain drop ornaments. Brush up on your lampworking skills with this fun glass tutorial.

How To: Make a glass out of a beer bottle

This video tutorial shows how to make a cool beer glass out of a beer bottle. This is also a great trick for cutting the bottle; forget the glass cutter or tricks with string and acetone. Just pour oil up to the level where you want the bottle cut off and place a red-hot piece of metal into it. Because of the great heat conductivity of oil and at the poor heat conductivity of glass, it will expand at the edge of the oil surface, cracking in a nice even line. Watch this instructional video and...

How To: Make your own glass art

Watch this glass tutorial video to learn about the extreme hobby of glass blowing and how to make your own glass art. This hobby is extreme because of the high temperatures and tools used, so be very careful. You'll be blowing your own glass art in no time after watching this helpful how-to video.

How To: Make the Dali wine glass out of blown glass

Dean Smiley and Eliska Harmer, master glass blowers from New York show how to make one of their designs, the Dali glass. Follow along as the glass is blown and shaped, transforming from a molten blob into a beautiful glass. This video glass-blowing tutorial is an inspirational peek at an unusual form of art.