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Beading Q And A: Lampworking (5/23/2011)

2011 May 23

Linda asks…

Where can I get lampworking supplies in the UK?

I would prefer a supplier in Yorkshire but if one doesn’t exist then it doesn’t matter.

Somewhere I could actually visit to see the items would be better than a website or something too.

BeadGal answers:

These people are in Bristol and sell glass supplies. Their web site says they teach various bead courses and that if you don’t find what you looking for, they can still help with your needs by calling them.


Sandy asks…

Looking for a good online store for lampworking devices?

There is one I know: sundanceglass. I am looking for an alternative one for comparison.

Jenny asks…

Where can I learn lampworking online?

I want to learn lampworking. I want to use borosilicate glass. Does anyone know of a web site with lessons or a book to get me started. I’m very artistic and just need to know what tools, how to use them and techniques specific to ‘boro’ glass.

Thanks so much everyone who can help.

BeadGal answers:

You can learn a ton of information from Passing the Flame: A Beadmaker’s Guide to Detail and Design by Corina Tettinger which you can get off It’s the absolute best book for beginners.

Also, or has a lot of tutorials and information.

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  1. May 23, 2011

    Hi Sandy: I use Frantz Art Glass or Arrow Springs for my lampwork supplies. They both have a wide range of supplies. has a wonderful set of colors, but they are all in 96 COE.

    Hi Jenny: There aren’t a lot of good books out just now for boro. The one that BeadGal has recommended is considered one of the best for “soft glass.” I would recommend going onto and looking around there. Although it is mainly a soft glass bead forum, it has some great free tutorials for boro.

    Hope this helps!
    Hannah Rosner
    Good River Gallery

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