Where I make my lampwork beads and jewellery:
     Lampworking is the process of melting glass in a flame and then winding the molten glass onto a metal rod or mandrel. By continuously turning the mandrel, you can shape the glass into a round bead. I use different coloured glass to add decoration, and various tools to shape my beads into spheres, donuts, hearts, cylinders and other shapes.                                                                                                                                                                                        I use a GTT Cricket torch, powered by propane gas and oxygen from an oxygen concentrator, which makes a hot, focused flame. The blue box is a kiln, which keeps the beads hot after they have been made and then lets them cool down slowly to relieve the stresses in the glass and prevent the beads cracking. This process is called annealing.