SUe Webb      Bead designer

 
 

I have been making beads for several years now - and would happily do so all day everyday if time permitted.  This craft hits the spot in a way that stained glass, silversmithing and various other craft activities I once enjoyed  never did. For many years I was a psychiatric nurse,  I now do this, making and teaching -a rather less stressful life!


The aspect that I enjoy  best of all now is making little animal sculpture beads. I love the ones that you used to be able to buy in seaside resorts made on the end of the glass rods, these glass artists are not so prevalent now and I haven’t yet been able to find a book to tell me how to do it! In the absence of a book I have come up with a few designs. They are made on the end of the mandrel, which I find gives more control and scope for decoration and also the single hole left can be used as a positive addition to the finished product.

They can be made into beads as well but are not alway very wearable.


My first online tutorial on how to make 5 farmyard animals is now available, go to the next page for further details.













HOW BEADS ARE MADE

All my beads and sculptured animal are made from rods of glass.  These come in lots of different colours and can be mixed in any combination which makes the finished piece  totally unique.

   The rod is melted in a torch flame - a mixture of Oxygen and Propane.  The molten glass is wrapped around a steel rod.  This is rotated to encourage the round shape and any combination of colours can be used. They are then put in a kiln to anneal them which makes them very robust.  The beads can take a few minutes  to make or many, depending on the detail and techniques involved.








 

Contact

My studio is in Henleaze, Bristol.  If you would like to contact me regarding lessons, commissions or purchases please e mail me:  


sue.bramallwebb@virginmedia.com

Tel: 0117 9622992