Wonderful Serendipity!

Posted: February 11, 2016 in Lampwork
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melting glass in the flame!

melting glass in the flame!

A bit of serendipity last fall brought me to the exciting world of lampworking and I’ve delved into it with glee ever since!

In the midst of working on new mosaic jewelry, I went to visit a supply store I’d never been to in search of new chain.  While I didn’t find what I was looking for, noticed they shared an interior window with the shop next door.  I could see a big workbench and flames, it was intriguing and decided to check it out.

Upon walking into The Glass Shoppe Studio I noticed they glass rods!  I use rods in the jewelry but always have to order them.  While most of the rods were a bit too big for my work, I got talking with the lovely Grace & Laura and learned that this studio was for Lampworking and they made glass beads by melting the rods in a torch flame.

Told them I make mosaics and they let me dig through a pile of rod scraps that might work for me.  I discovered a multi colored thin rod of glass – perfect for my jewelry type mosaics!  I was so excited – can you teach me how to do this? – I asked.  The answer was yes, with an Intro to Beadmaking course.  Even if beads weren’t my thing – it would teach all the basics of working with molten glass.

I took the course and fell in love.  I absolutely adore making the beads, even though I have no clue what to do with them! (pics below)  It is an engrossing experience working with the flame to melt the glass and control it into a form you want.  Also as a wonderful bonus, got to meet many great new people and make new friends!

getting a big glob of glass ready to squish in to a flat shape

getting a big glob of glass ready to squish in to a flat shape

As promised, I did learn the multi (or solid) colored thin rod and now don’t need to order them!  Next up, learning how to create my own patterned murrini to put into mosaic jewelry and make future collections extra special.  I’ve also been exploring ways to work the glass and make some interesting inclusions that could go into the wall and sculptural mosaics.

Life can surprise us in so many ways – it is wonderful when it brings you towards something you didn’t even know you wanted and gives you so much new joy!  I’m incredibly thankful for this bit of serendipity that brought me not only to lampworking but especially to The Glass Shoppe Studio here in Ottawa, and led me to meet Grace, Laura and other great new friends.  Going into the studio and have “torch time” a bit each week is my new place of happy!

  1. […] whole reason I got into working with molten glass at GSS Studio was to learn how to make my own murrini (or millefiori ) and to pull glass into stringers in the […]


  2. […] While I’m busy working on new mosaics to blog about in the future, I’d like to share a bit of my other glass journey, flameworking.  Started flameworking at the wonderful GSS Studio in late 2015.  You can read about my initial foray in this old blog post -> here. […]


  3. Laurie says:

    Your beads are beautiful for just beginning. Love hour story of serendipity, life is like that…


  4. jm says:

    Totally fun-looking stuff; very creative; the medium is very interesting. Nice work.


  5. These are fascinating, Mercedes, and beautiful.


  6. Deborah Moss says:

    Great blog and photos. I love all of the creations plus the way you see images in them (I do that too!). Hope it continues to bring you great joy.


    • Thanks Deborah! Am glad to know I’m not the only one who sees other images in things! It’s kind of a fun trait to have and share! 🙂

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      • Deborah Moss says:

        When I have a moment I’ll have to send you some pics of images I can see in our foyer (full of slate tiles – so many things I’ve found!).


      • oh my gosh I’m so embarrassed it has taken me so long to reply – so sorry, totally missed this waiting in the comments hopper! :S I’d really love to see some pics if you send them! Love slate tiles, there is so much going on in them!

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      • Deborah Moss says:

        No worries at all! Keeping on top of social media is a tricky affair and with WordPress – unless you check in to a certain area it’s easy for comments to be missed. Have a lovely day and I have some comments for you re your post today. 🙂

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  7. Joanne says:

    I love the one the reminds you of a mountain and the pinky globe!


  8. Diana Anderson says:

    Wow, those are all really fun. What a great way to express your creativity.


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