You’ve seen them – you love them – embossed lampwork beads! They are fun to make. The tools are fun to buy and use! Really fun to buy… These are some embossed lampwork beads that I recently made.
There are many places you can get “embossing tools” I’m sure, but two that I know of are Arrow Springs and Leonardo Lampwork. You aren’t limited to using “lampwork” tools, you can use any brass tools that won’t stick to the glass, like ceramic clay brass molds.
The blue bead was made with sky blue glass and white enamel – a really great effect for a winter bead. The skull was simply pressed into a bead and would make a great earring bead!
It’s pretty easy to use an embossing tool, I won’t go picture by picture, but I’ll explain it to you. Make a base bead. For my beads, I used a Zoozii bead press to make a lentil-shaped bead. When you are happy with the bead shape, heat one side of the bead. Make sure not to heat the bead too much or the bead will get out of shape. Place the bead on your torch-mounted marver (if you have one, if not, use your graphite marver) and press the tool into the heated side of the bead. This is trial-and-error – make sure you don’t heat too much or press too hard. Take it out of the flame, and make sure you like your press. If you don’t, heat the bead up and shape it again. When you’re happy with the press, turn the bead over the repeat (if you want the design to be on both sides), making sure not to heat the bead too much or you’ll lose the design on the first side!
You can also make cute little headpins using the embossing tools! There are many things you can do with them, your imagination will help you!
Donna Millard is a bead artist who uses embossing tools to make amazing beads, and she embellishes them with patina. These beads are gorgeous!
Genea Crivello-Knable is another bead artist who uses embossing tools on her beads!
In this case, these gorgeous beads were made with baking soda and the embossing tool. These are so fantastic and beachy!