Profile for PolychromeBeads
Hello everyone. My name is Aimée Milan, and I have been making glass beads since 2000. I have been an artist for much, much longer (don’t even ask how long – it might give away my age!). My first time through college I received a degree in Art, then went back and got a second “useless” degree in Theater. My beads are made using a technique called “lampworking”. The glass is melted in a VERY VERY hot flame and “wound” onto a metal rod, called a mandrel, that has previously been coated with a clay-like substance called a release. When all the decoration is finished the bead, still on the mandrel and still very hot, is placed into a 965-degree kiln to “anneal” overnight. This allows the glass to get to the same temperature throughout, and then cool down slowly to prevent cracking. Beads that are not annealed can be little “time bombs” waiting to crack!
I work in my cozy home studio in Hayward, California, and live with my husband, my mother, two cats, and two parakeets. My family can keep me pretty busy when I’m not making beads!