Bead size: 1-1.5 inches
Bead hole size: .5-.75 inches
These are hand made Lampwork BIG HOLE Lampwork glass bead/ pendant.
The pendant components are made with all glass. Glass is from Murano Italy.
– Measures: approx 1-1.5 inches in length and 1.5inch wide.
– hole is approx. .5- .75 inch wide.
– All of my Lampwork pendants are made to be light weight so that they don’t weigh down on your neck. They have the perfect depth. Not too thick and not to thin. These are the most comfortable pendants that you’ll find!
– By default, all of my blown glass steampunk pendants come with a complimentary 24 inch snake chain, but you may use other chains that you may have for a different chain look like a Bali silver necklace. I’ve been using Bali silver for 25 years and it’s always been the best silver product hands down. Bali silver is
FANTASTIC for people with metal allergies. I would know, I wear one everyday. Inbox me if you’d prefer a Bali silver necklace chain at an extra cost of $45.
– It’s Hypoallergenic, nickel and lead-free. GREAT for sensitive skin!
*Because each pendant is handmade, no two pieces are exactly alike. The materials that are used in each pendant may slightly differ from the picture shown.
*Due to the nature of the materials, it is advised to remove jewelry before swimming and bathing.
*Your item will arrive carefully packaged in a gift box, perfect for giving to a friend, or just a fun gift for yourself!
*To be eco friendly, we may combine boxes on orders of multiple items. If you would like your order packaged in separate boxes, please let us know at checkout!
How my Lampwork Beads are Made:
Glass is an organic material. It is made out of soda, lime, sand and different natural metals. With a little help from electricity or the occasional lightning bolt, Wha-la glass is born. The different colors are the effect from the different metals. Ever find a glass rock on the beach? Amazing isn’t it?
Lampwork beads are handmade glass beads made with a hot torch. They are made using a centuries-old process called lampworking – a term which refers to the oil lamps once used to melt the glass. Modern beadmakers, such as myself, use a variety of torches, tools and glass to produce individual glass beads which may contain remarkable detail and artistry. I work with an oxygen and propane torch to create my beads. My studio is in my garage for ventilation and safety reasons.
To put the process simply, a slender rod of glass is slowly melted in the torch at around 1700 degrees (F) and the molten glass is then carefully and continuously wound around a specially-coated steel mandrel ( the steel rod is coated in a bead release material that looks like mud) . As the molten glass is added to the mandrel, it is sculpted and shaped, additional colors added, all with the intent of forming a variety of different effects and designs. This process can take some time – often hours for a very large and intricate bead.
Once the bead is completed, it is removed from the flame and either immediately annealed, or allowed to cool slowly in an insulated blanket or container of vermiculite and annealed later in batches with other beads.
The process of annealing refers to heating (or reheating) the bead to a preset temperature for a particular length of time, dependent on the size of a bead. “Soaking” in this high heat allows any stresses in the glass bead to “relax” and bond, which ultimately provides a durable lasting strength to it’s beauty. Beads that are not annealed are prone to cracking sooner or later. This is why all my beads are annealed.
Further cleaning and/or processing will be required before each distinctive and unique glass bead is ready to then be fashioned into a piece of my jewelry.
This listing is for one pendant and a complimentary sterling silver plated 24” ball chain necklace. (One pendant/ one chain)