The Delaware Valley Bead Society (DVBS) will sponsor Karen Leonardo’s “Lampwork Trunk Show and Presentation” on Tuesday, November 20, at 7pm in the Café of the Hunterdon County Senior Center, 4 Gauntt Place - Building #1, Flemington, NJ. The program is free and open to the public, but non-members must pre-register.
If you have ever seen a glass bead that is very detailed and colorful, chances are it was a lampwork bead.
The name comes from the old technique where an oil lamp was used to melt the glass, and the artist blew air into the flame through a pipe. These days, a propane or natural gas torch is used, but the “lampwork” name remains (it is also known as flamework or torchwork). Tools and hand movements form the amazing and intricate designs. The beads are fabulous in necklaces, bracelets and earrings – and can even be used in bead embroidery.
Leonardo is the author of Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry and Art Bead Jewelry Seasons in Glass. She has written various articles and courses on bead and jewelry making. As an entrepreneur, founder, and owner of Leonardo Lampwork since 1996, she has developed and marketed her beads and jewelry online and through shows. In 2006, Leonardo invented and developed a line of custom lampwork tools and is noted for her Leonardo Petal Pullers, which create beautiful petals and leaves. Currently, she divides her time among all her jobs but devotes most of her time to Soda Lime Times magazine as content Editor. She has more than 25 years’ experience in art jewelry design, business management, Internet marketing, social networking, lampwork bead making, and publishing in multiple media. Her work can be seen at www.leonardolampwork.com
The program will be presented during the two-hour DVBS meeting To register, e-mail your name, address, phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 246-1231.