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Heather Ferman



Phone: 904-730-7470

Heather using a glass blow torch to melt glass

Hundreds of years ago artisans made glass beads by heating the glass using oil lamps.  This became known as lampwork.  Today flamework glass artists use a special blowtorch fueled by a mixture of oxygen and propane to create lampwork beads in temperatures above 2500F. 

In my studio, I use a torch to melt both glass and silver.  I start the beads by melting the glass around a steel rod called a mandrel and decorate the bead using thin threads of glass.  I create the beads shaped by constantly rotating the newly formed bead in the flame.  I create beads with flowers, murrini fish, and many other patterns.  Finally, I put the bead in the kiln and fire it overnight at 960f, slowly decreasing the temperature for added strength and durability.  

On many pieces I have silversmithed the settings to hold my lampwork creations.  I have also cabbed stones to go into my sterling silver settings.  I love working in both glass and sterling silver to create small treasurers that are wearable.  These make great gifts for your loved ones.​​

2010 - present
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