What is Lampwork?

Glass is used to create ornamental and decorative objects known as lampwork. It’s commonly used in the production of beads, particularly for jewelry.

The making of beads is perhaps the best example of lampwork. Handcrafted beads are the result of a combination of skill in preparing molten glass and imagination in envisioning how the glass can be used to create unique and colorful beads that can be used in a variety of ways. These beads can be used to make colorful strands in the preparation of wrist and ankle bracelets blowing molten glass into various sizes and shapes. Lampwork can be used to prepare a special bead to be sewn into the fabric of a sweater, jacket, or other garment when it comes to clothing. Glass beads differ from other types of beadwork in that they can provide a depth of color and sparkle that many other types of beads cannot.

While the traditional round bead is popular, many lampwork creations are shaped in other geometric shapes, with animals, human faces, and other objects occasionally depicted. This process can produce tiny beads that are perfect for adorning a beautiful piece of jewelry, or it can produce wild and sassy jewelry.

Lampwork is popular in both fashion and craft circles because it can be as simple or as wild as the creator wants it to be. Lampwork beads come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be used to embellish baskets, draperies, wreaths, napkin rings, and just about anything else you can think of.

Even if you aren’t skilled at creating your own designs, you can pick up lampwork products at your local craft store to use to make your own strands of beads or to decorate your home. These products in craft stores are often very affordable, as well as being a great visual option.