I came across an old video I made in 2010 of me blowing a glass vessel during one of my live studio broadcasts. I thought it would be fun to bring it back to the light as I am sure there are plenty of lampwork artists out there who would find this tutorial of sort very helpful in getting started with blowing glass vessels on a torch. An artist can never have too many skills in their bag of tricks, right?
Seeing this old video brought back some good memories of my old studio. I now feel the need to start blowing my little vessels again.
If you hate cleaning out the release from lampwork bead holes as much as I do, you will probably be more than eager to learn how to work your lampwork glass off-mandrel.
Creating off-mandrel soft glass pieces is a bit more tricky than say using boro but it can be done, you just have to be patient and work slow. Work too fast and you’ll have a sloppy stubborn blob of glass that just won’t do what you want it to.
Once you go off-mandrel it opens doors to other areas of work like marbles, pendants, sculptures, and even beads! Yes, you can even make beads without a mandrel. This lampwork bead was created completely off-mandrel. Neat eh?
The video below which was taken from one of my live studio broadcasts will hopefully give you a nice jumping off point to start your journey on losing that mandrel.
Glass artist, sometimes starving sometimes not.
Full time glass artist residing in the great city of Chicago. I create miniture works of art using glass and a torch. Most of my work consists of beads, pendants, and marbles. On the rare occasion you will also find me dabbling in the fusing kiln making plates, coasters, or tea light luminaries.