Firefly Beads

Flameworked Glass Beads, Borosilicate, Moretti, Bullseye Glass

Anita Pepper
Jackson, Michigan

Renowned artist Anita Pepper employs a high-temperature oxygen propane torch to produce beautiful glass beads. Using a flame at a temperature of 3,000 to 5,000 degrees, Anita melts different kinds of glass, which she then winds around a steel welding rod to create a hole. She incorporates various colored layers which amounts to “painting with glass.”

The process is known widely has “lampworking” because oil lamps were used in more ancient times to melt the glass.

Anita’s stunning “Firefly Beads” are handcrafted in this way and are sold primarily to other artists who make jewelry, although she also sells gorgeous finished jewelry.

“I enjoy making beads and have been doing it for 16 years,” says Anita, who retired from her English teacher job to focus on her love of lampworking.

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