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    Hi

    May be a bit of a doh!! question but I was looking at lampwork beads and thinking hmmm I like those!! I think I would like some of the ones that have the gold or silver in, sometimes dots sometimes like a smear. Sorry not too good at describing!! So what I'd like to know is... do they have a special name for them or do they just come under lampwork beads? Also are they more expensive than the normal lampwork beads?

    Thanks for anyone replying and understanding what I'm on about !!!


    Shary
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    lol Hi Shary is there any chance you could put a picture in of the beads you mean, cos I think you are after silver lined lampies but not sure enough to say for definite. until I see them.

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    • #3
      I can't really think of an official name for them, but I think you mean beads with fine silver wire or silver foil/leaf. Or maybe beads with goldstone stringer decorations? If you search on Etsy under 'uk lampwork beads' you'll find plenty of examples
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      • #4
        There are different types of lampwork beads. You get the mass produced ones from India or China, which are often silver lined. They are cheap, and many are very nice.

        Then you get handmade lampwork beads, and we have many lampworkers in this country. The beads are a lot more expensive, but they are much better made, and are really mini works of art. I think I know what you mean about the silver dots or swirls...these are my favourite beads. Most lampworkers sell from their own websites, or from etsy. You'll find them easily enough on google, or on an etsy search. I'd recommend some for you, but it would be too long a list
        Celia
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        • #5
          Hi again

          these are the ones I mean. Aren't they gorgeous???

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          • #6
            If they are half as good as the picture with free P & P that is an absolute bargain if you get them near that price. The generic name is lampwork as they are made using a torch, but that doesn't sound as good as they look.
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            • #7
              Yeah, they're beads with fine silver applied, some of them over silver ivory stringer. I've seen beads in this vein referred to as 'organics' a lot of the time. Have a look at http://www.gbuk.org/pages/links/ to find individual lampworkers - Lush Lampwork (Julie Fountain) often has beads similar to the ones you're looking for, but to be honest there's so many wonderful UK lampworkers that you might find yourself having a look at all the sites
              ContinuumDesigns- artisan polymer clay beads for one-of-a-kind designs.

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              • #8
                ooh yummy. beads4breakfast on here made some for me similar to those in black and silver,
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the info. I think they are gorgeous but they will have to wait till I get paid!!!

                  just found a lovely UK website by a lady who makes them. I wonder if she is on here? Julie Fountain you make gorgeous beads!!

                  Shary
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                  • #10
                    Hee hee, Shary - so glad to hear you discovered lampwork beads!

                    There are some fantastic lampworkers in the UK - check out www.britishlampwork.co.uk for a whole slew of different self-representing bead artists who work and sell their beads in the UK

                    As mentioned up-thread, if you are looking for these types of beads, search terms like Organics or silvered ivory stringer will help.

                    Also, as Jencel mentioned - there is a big difference between mass produced lampwork and artisan. Both have their place of course, it is just important to not mix them up and to know what you are buying.

                    If you are looking for artist made beads, many artists use the term SRA and have a number on their SRA logo that prooves they are indeed a Self Representing Artist. It is worth looking out for this as there are the few unscrupulous sellers on ebay who will sell mass produced beads but pretend they are artist made beads. And if you are going to spend good money on quality beads, it is important to not be sold cheap, poorly made and un-annealed ones.

                    Julies beads are indeed well named too, as they most certainly are lush!

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                    • #11
                      Emma thanks for the website and info, very informative!
                      Ooo I can't wait to move to Scotland now I so want to take a course on how to make lampwork beads. Totally fascinated with them now. Hubby says I can take a course and if I like it and get the hang of it he will think about getting me a kiln , torch etc.
                      Roll on December/January!!!!!!

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                      • #12
                        They're gorgeous! I remember someone on here made ones with similar colours and they were gorgeous too, they had geological titles I think? I wish I could remember who it was aaaargh lol
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                        • #13
                          they are really gorgeous,

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                          • #14
                            what's the difference from pandora beads and lampwork beads

                            what's the difference from pandora beads and lampwork beads?

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                            • #15
                              Pandora style beads have a 5mm'ish hole so you can thread them onto a snake chain some are cored (silver tubing) some are not. You can have lampwork pandora style beads too they are just wound on a bigger mandrel so they can fit on the pandora style chains.

                              http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PANDORA-STYLE-...#ht_500wt_1182

                              Lampwork beads depending on the mandrel size its wound on vary hole size I am comfy with 1.6mm ones. Just about right for 1mm cording.

                              To be honest I do prefer the aristan lampwork ones as they are not mass produces like the chinese ones that seem to flood ebay and near enough 1 of a kind if they are made by a lampworker which they call BHB (big hole beads) here are some of Julia of lush lampwork
                              http://www.lushlampwork.co.uk/userimages/procart7.htm


                              HTH
                              Vickie

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