Lampwork beads are made by heating rods of coloured glass in a flame and wrapping them around a steel rod, known as a mandrel. The mandrel is coated with a clay like substance, called bead release, to prevent the glass from sticking to it. More rods are then heated and applied to the bead to make patterns and dots.
All of our Salamander Lampwork beads are annealed in a kiln to prevent stresses in the glass and to make them tough and durable. In addition all the holes are cleaned thoroughly to ensure they are free of bead release.
Although we have attempted to make the colours of the beads shown as representative as possible, slight variations will occur due to different screen interpretations.