We are often asked for recommendations for shops, tutorials, etc., thus our sharing some of our resources here and we hope to update this list frequently. Click below for a quick link to the various sections.

Glass and Glass Supplies

Equipment and Tools

Books and Tutorials

Other Resources

Organizations and Shows

Resources – Flameworking Related

Glass and Glass Supplies

Double Helix Glassworks

Jed and Julie Hannay are the husband and wife team behind Double Helix Glassworks – glassmaker of exclusive made-in-USA 104 coe silver and specialty glasses. Double Helix is known not only for its high-quality striking, reducing, and striking and reducing silver glasses, but also for producing the best clears – Zephyr and Aether – in 104 coe. In addition to testing every batch of glass for compatibility, consistency, and quality, Double Helix is a 100% green power participant and has tested all of its stock colors for lead. Check out its Color Archive for information on past test batches and odd lots.

Olympic Color Rods

Olympic Color Rods offers 96 coe furnace glass made by German glassmaker, Reichenbach, as well as its 104 coe line for beadmakers. Most colors are available in canes (for beadmaking), and various sizes in frit and powder. Note that minimum quantity for everything is 1/4 kg which is 8.8 ounces.

Thompson Enamels

Enamels add wonderful colors and textures to a bead. We prefer opaque ones. Make sure to order enamels for Effetre (104 coe).

Lori Riley Designs Dichroic Glass Strips

Lori Riley Designs offers dichoric glass strips in various width and length.

CBS Dichroic Extracts

Val Lewis offers CBS dichroic extracts for metal clay and glass.

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Equipment and Tools

The Glass Hive Bead Annealer

The Glass Hive Bead Annealers are hand built by Michael Crowley. The kilns are well made and come with the best customer service in the glass community.

Bethlehem Burners

The Bethlehem Burners' flame characteristics are perfect for working with encasing silver glass. The new low-pressure stainless steel Alpha – which is also the center fire of the Bravo – is designed to be used efficiently with oxygen concentrators.

Sundance Art Glass

Sundance Art Glass is the best place to purchase mandrels in bulk and it offers 5/64" size which is between 1/6" and 3/32", the perfect size for small beads.

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Books and Tutorials

Glass Bead Trip by Claudia Trimbur-Pagel

Glass Bead Trip by Claudia Trimbur-Pagel/Glasting is a beautifully designed and laid out book in three languages with step-by-step tutorials of her amazing work in glass and silver precious metal clay.

Penland Book of Glass

The official write up, "Classes in flamework-glass techniques are presented by ten leading contemporary artists who have taught at the renowned Penland School of Crafts. This title offers revelatory essays paired with gorgeous galleries of work. This title includes fantastic photographic step by steps that teach specific skills." In addition to the tutorials by these artists, there is a showcase of work by some of the glass community premier artists.

Taking Reduction Storm – PDF tutorial by Amy Kinsch

Want to add to your silver glass repertoire? Pickk up this wonderful step-by-step tutorial by Amy Kinsch on her special storming technique.

Silver Glass, Volume I: Ether – PDF tutorial by Kim Neely

Interested in working with reducing silver glass? Pick up this informative step-by-step tutorial by Kim Neely.

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Resources – Other

Santa Fe Jewelry Supply

With Indian Jewelry Supply going out of busines, I have worked with Santa Fe Jewelry Supply in getting the same 5.08mm OD / 4.37mm ID / 27 gauge sterling silver tubings. It doesn't have them on its website yet so call 800.659.3835 and order using stock #118205.

Rio Grande

Rio Grande offers many amazing products. We especially recommend these: slotted mandrel for emery paper (for sanding large-hole glass rings/beads), premium-quality Argentium Silver Anchor Link Magnetic Clasp.

Art in Silver

Hadar Jacobson's metal clay, in bronze, copper, and steel, are great alternative to Precious Metal Clay or Art Clay Silver. Work out your design in base metal before creating the final piece in fine silver. Don't forget to check out Hadar's books. They are filled with information and step-by-step tutorials.

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Organizations and Shows

Bead&Button Show

The Bead&Button Show is the largest jewelry and bead show in the world with over 300 vendors will be selling one-of-a kind finished jewelry plus lampworked glass, precious gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies and books. The show will also feature a juried exhibit of inspiring bead art and over 700 bead and jewelry classes. The Bead&Button Show is presented by Bead&Button, BeadStyle, and Art Jewelry magazines and is a production of Kalmbach Publishing Co.

International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB)

The ISGB is the leading organization for the promotion, education, and appreciation of the art of glass beadmaking for wearable, sculptural, and functional art. Its mission is to preserve the rich and diverse traditions of the art of glass beadmaking and glassworking techniques; promote educational initiatives and professional development; and encourage innovative use of complementary mediums among artists and craftspeople. There are three ISGB local chapters in California:

SGB NorCal

Silicon Valley Fireflies

SoCal Flamesurfers

The ISGB annual conference, the Gathering, is a four-day annual event that brings together an international community of glass bead artists and enthusiasts. It is an occasion to become involved in the glass world and make valuable contacts. There are a wide variety of events at the conference to satisfy many interests. It is an opportunity for attendees to network with each other, gallery owners, collectors, technical vendors, and suppliers. It also gives commercial and technical vendors an opportunity to showcase new equipment, tools, supplies, and glass. Through demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, and more, attendees can learn new techniques and business skills to further their glass bead knowledge. The location of the venue changes with 2018 and 2017 in Las Vegas, 2016 in New Orleans, 2015 in Albuquerque, 2014 in Houston, Texas, 2013 in Rochester, New York, 2012 in Bellevue, Washington, and 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

The Society of North American Goldsmiths supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers and metalsmiths. Through education, innovation and leadership, SNAG provides access to a vibrant and passionate community. SNAG also publishes an award winning magazine, Metalsmith, available in both print and digital formats.

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