Resources – Flameworking Related
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 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.
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 offers dichoric glass strips in various width and length.
Val Lewis offers CBS dichroic extracts for metal clay and glass.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Want to add to your silver glass repertoire? Pickk up this wonderful step-by-step tutorial by Amy Kinsch on her special storming technique.
Interested in working with reducing silver glass? Pick up this informative step-by-step tutorial by Kim Neely.
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 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.
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.
BABE the largest two-day bead and jewelry show on the West Coast with over 150 exhibitor and studio artists showing handmade, ethnic and vintage beads, jewelry, buttons, findings, books and DVDs. There will be more than 60 studio glass, silver, stone and polymer clay bead artists. More than 50 classes will be taught by nationally-known, award-winning artist instructors and are available for every level of experience and in many mediums – metalwork, enameling, wirework, fused glass, polymer clay, precious metal clay, and seed bead techniques including peyote, right angle weave and herringbone. BABE is a two-day show in November at the Oakland Convention Center. 2017 will be the last BABE 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.
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:
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.
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.