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Lampworking is the process of using a gas torch or 'lamp' to make objects out of glass.

How is it done

Glass rods are heated to melting point and wound onto mandrels that have been dipped into bead release. There is also a subcategory of lampworking that is referred to as "off mandrel". Sculptural glass pieces and marbles can be made in this way. Glass is heated using propane and a torch. The most common propane only torch used in lampwork is a Hot Head torch. A dual fuel torch can also be used to melt glass which uses propane and oxygen supplied either from a tank or by an oxycon.

Beginners Lampworking Q&A

Poking hot glass

Removing beads from mandrel

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