About Us

Thank you for stopping by.

Every bead you see in this store has been individually handmade by me, Heather Behrendt. Each one is created by a process called lampwork. For those of you who don't know, lampwork is a process using a gas torch and raw rods of glass to create handcrafted beads. The glass is melted and wound around a steel mandrel before being decorated and kiln annealed. After the slow cooling process, the beads are removed from the mandrel which produces the bead hole.

Why are they so expensive? Everything is handmade by a person. There is no machine doing any of the work and no imported cheap labor. Everything is made one by one with great attention to detail. Each bead is kiln annealed to reduce stress and breakage.

Who am I? I'm a lampworker living in Rochester, NY doing what she loves. I've done the traditional 9-5 full time job, but this is what I want to do. Every bead you buy supports this lifestyle.

I first learned about lampworking in Highschool after seeing a simple demonstration in art workshop class. A simple fish bead was created using a cheap hothead torch. I'd like to say I was hooked, but honestly I was pretty intimidated by the torch. I didn't even try it.

Fast forward to several years later, living in an apartment, I decided to buy a starter lampwork kit even though I didn't really know what I was doing. It took a lot of trial and error, but eventually I figured it out. I also figured out that a torch with noxious fumes in a small spare bedroom with no ventilation is not a good idea. I sadly put away my kit, but I knew it was only temporary until I could create a safer setup.

Now, I do have a safe setup in my ventilated studio with a GTT Scorpion torch. I've been at this for a few years now, and I don't intend to stop any time soon.