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Bearhouse Beads

Bearhouse Beads

My name is Tina Smith, and as a Lampwork glass beadmaker I get to play with fire all day long! I have been making beads for just over  12 years, initially as a hobby, but then realising my dream and going full-time just over 3 years ago.

Every bead starts as a rod of glass, which is then melted in a flame and transformed by manipulating colours and shapes, with sometimes unexpected results. Once finished, the bead is then put in a kiln overnight for controlled cooling, which ensures there are no molecular weaknesses which could cause it to crack later. 

Next, I clean and inspect each bead, to make sure that they are of high enough quality, before I turn them into wearable jewellery.  

My designs are often influenced by the beautiful coastline and countryside of west Wales, where I am lucky enough to live. I am a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and Glass Beadmakers UK.

Thanks for looking!

Tina

Shop owner Bearhouse Beads