Fine Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads and Jewelry
Welcome To PolychromeBeads's ShopHello everyone. My name is Aimée Milan, and I am a self-representing artist and have been making glass beads for about eleven years now. I have been an artist for much, much longer (don't even ask how long - it might give away my age!). 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 also have a website, www.polychromebeads.com, where you will find links to my auctions, gallery pages of past work, and my bloggy ramblings!
On "Vacation" through Saturday the 18th of May as I will be doing the Bead Bazaar show at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center in downtown Oakland. I have been preparing for it for several weeks! It’s the biggest one-day bead show on the West coast, with lots of artisan beadmakers as well as supplies and finished pieces.
If you’re anywhere in the greater San Francisco Bay Area this Saturday, DO try to make it to the show! You won’t regret it, it’s a feast for the (beaders’) eyes – and stop by my table and say Hi!
Yes, please email me. You will only be notified once.
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