The art of pressing glass ……

Much has been written about the subject on various social media sites. There are many very kind lampworkers ready to share both their mistakes and their successes. I recently purchased 5 new molds from one of the big names in bead presses. Unfortunately they were not posted to me when they should have been as the lady did not follow up on my payment. By the time the presses eventually arrived about two months late, I had missed the chance to try out the new shapes at all the Christmas fairs. Then in January my dear mother passed away and I went back to South Africa for two weeks.

on my return the presses seemed to eye me from my workbench and dare me to start experimenting with them. Needless to say I was a bit terrified of making an unholy mess of molten glass. I started with the smallest of the molds and was pleasantly surprised at how well I managed.  If like myself, you are dying to try them out, a good book to get you started is Lori Greenberg’s “Hot Off The Press”. Although it is written for Universal Bead Press Tools, I found that the principles are the same and it was a great help to me.

Her idea of using modelling clay to accurately establish the amount of glass required is excellent. I purchased a pack of plasticine and proceeded to make a perfect example of each mold.

After ten days I have now produced enough beads to make a few bracelets which we completed today and I shall post the photos with comments tomorrow.

Once getting over the disappointment of quite a few beads which cracked in the flame / cooling in the vermiculite / or in the kiln itself, I seem to have solved that problem.

The weather here in Mauritius is very wet since Saturday and we are having floods in some parts of the island. The rain is currently battering the roof and I am off to have a lovely hot shower and heat a tasty chicken casserole for our dinner – a perfect meal for a cold night.

Until tomorrow ….

Author: Studio44Mauritius

My passion is lamp working (flame working). I use rods of Italian glass which I melt in the flame to produce my glass beads which are used in our jewelry, cutlery, keyring, etc. Studio 44 Mauritius, The Craft Centre, Cap Malheureux Road, Calodyne. Website: http://www.studio44mauritius.com.

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