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I now make my own glass beads, using the ancient technique of lampworking. This involves melting the ends of coloured glass rods over a blowtorch, and wrapping the molten glass around a metal rod. After the glass has cooled, the metal rod is removed, forming the hole through the bead. I use layers of transparent and opaque glass to make seascapes like miniature wearable paperweights. I also make irridescent glass beads, using layers of silver leaf and glass that contains particles of silver. I like to create organic, freeformed shapes full of detail both within the glass and on the surface.
I also create large-scale woven seed bead jewellery pieces. I love to use colours that blend into each other, using the tiny seed beads as elements in a woven mosaic. My woven bead pieces are often three-dimensional, with curls and ruffles, and surface embellishments. I often incorporate my own glass beads to make a richly textured woven bead fabric, full of intricate detail.