Series 2-Metalwork For Your Lampwork DIY Tutorials
About half way through my two and a half years of metalworking classes, I took a 2-day lampwork and fusing workshop. I loved making glass beads, the color combinations are infinite and the variety of glass available (frit, stringers, rod, sheet) gives you a very wide field for experimentation. But, after making the first boxful of beads, you go: “Hmm… what do I do with them?”
The natural progression was to use my lampwork beads on my metalwork jewelry. As I worked on a couple of projects, it occurred to me that there were a lot of people out there like me.
This set of tutorials was conceived with the idea of offering lampworkers, beaders and wire workers an alternative way of incorporating their beads onto one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using metalworking techniques.
The projects will teach you how to make a fully handmade piece of jewelry and say goodbye to commercial findings.
Although the projects are made with lampwork beads, many of them have photos of the same project using other beads (wood, coral, bone and semi-precious stones)
In this tutorial, we will be making a wonderful very versatile set of stud earrings, made with lots of interchangeable parts to play with!.
This pair was designed in a way that permits the wearer to play mix-and-match with 5 different metal components.
And as I love lampwork disk-type beads, you can add some of those to the mix as well!.
They will add a lovely pop of color around the face.
You will be able to assemble an all metal earring set or a metal and glass one to match your outfit or mood.
Combine metals, texture and colored glass to make unique one of-a-kind earrings.
Big lampwork rings are beautiful. They are mostly used as pendants,
but they can also be used as unique toggle clasps.
We will be making soldered oval rings and hand stamped elements for
the body of the bracelet.
We will use a big lampwork glass ring lined with a split copper tube as
the one-of-a-kind focal toggle.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 15 pages, 39 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! As an extra, It comes with a variant to make a Long Chain Necklace. For intermediate skill students.
Anticlastic Raising is a way of shaping metal, curving it into different
directions like the shape of a horse’s saddle.
The shapes obtained with this method are very organic and beautiful.
They are also very strong; this means that thinner gauge metal can be
used to make lighter pieces.
Our cuff will be shaped into an asymmetric anticlastic spiral.
With one large lampwork wavy disk on the wide side, and a small disk
in a contrasting color on the narrow side.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 16 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For intermediate skill students.
A texture-rich frame setting to complement a large lentil bead; easy and fast to make.
This is a very versatile setting. Change the metal, the texture, or the edge, and you have a different, unique setting for another bead.
For this project we will again use a “cold connection”: the tab
This type of setting can be modified to work for other bead shapes as well.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 6 pages, 15 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner to intermediate skill students.
A simple but eye-catching pendant.
This is a beginner’s project that involves annealing the metal to make it easy to texture and the use of another “cold connection”, the screw & nut.
Transferring a texture pattern onto sheet metal can be done in many different ways, by hand or with the use of a rolling mill.
For our project we will use the low-tech approach of transferring the texture by hand.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 7 pages, 17 photos, a life size template of all the components, plenty of tips. For beginner skill students.
Fusing for lamination inlay is an advanced metal working technique that requires good torch control.
This pendant has one metal fused lamination inlay piece and a rolled milled textured one.
For the fused piece, the substrate is sterling silver and the smaller colored pieces are copper and brass.
The roll milled piece is sterling silver.
For the focal piece, I chose a tab-set lampwork glass cabochon. The pendant was totally assembled with rivets.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 11 pages, 30 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips !
For intermediate-advanced skill students.
Here we have another simple, easy and elegant pendant setting.
It works specially well for long beads, but it can also be used for a set
of 2-3 medium sized beads.
If you want to customize the setting, you can change the shape of the
fan for another one. It can be a triangle, a square or an oval.
The texture on the metal can also be changed to make each pendant
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 6 pages, 13 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips!
For beginner skill students.