"The Almighty Torch". The torch is probably the most essential element in lampworking.
Now there are two distinct types of torches. We are using the Hot Head torch, which is designed for soft glass. While soft glass can be worked with either torch set up. Boro glass can not. Boro glass work requires a torch with an oxygen feed in order achieve the higher temps in order to melt the glass. Currently we have no plans to add Boro glass to our studio, However, who knows where future creative paths will lead us.
|Torch flame while working with glass|
While Tina has only worked with the hot head torch, I (Tammy) have worked some with both types of torches. They both have there pros and cons, however I am preferring the Hot Head torch while working with the soft glass.
|The flame changes color once glass is added|
|Each part of the flame provides different responses in the glass.|
Here is the same thing from a different shot.
Every lampwork glass artisan has there own preferences, techniques and unique personality while working and in how the finished product turns out. It is the same if you were to take a handful of painters and tell them to paint a picture of a tree, each painting would be unique to that artist. Lampwork glass beads are more expensive than their commercial counterparts, however the product quality is significantly higher.