How is Beach Art Glass made?
All our beads and jewellery are made by hand, in the UK. The beads are made by a process known as lampwork. Glass rods are melted in a flame and molten glass is wrapped around a metal mandrel. The bead is shaped with tools and gravity, and decorated with fine silver and handmade details. Then the bead is slowly cooled overnight in a kiln to remove any stress from the glass and ensure the bead is sound and durable.
All the silver head pins, bails and ear wires are beautifully handmade especially for us by our highly skilled British silversmith. Take a look at our video to see the whole process.
Most of the glass that we use is from Murano, Italy, and our lampwork process is exactly the same as the highly prized Murano glass beads.
If you would like to have a go at making glass beads with Julie, take a look at our Workshops page.
Beach Art Glass and the environment
As a small business we strive to work in a considerate manner, we work on a small scale with hand tools and no big industrial processes. Our silversmith uses eco friendly recycled silver and Argentium for our findings. The main component of glass is sand, an abundant material, and we aim to produce virtually no waste from our bead making or jewellery production, all our scrap silver is recycled.
Beach Art Glass jewellery isn't influenced by the latest fashion trends and is intended to last a lifetime we like to call it "heirloom quality".
Take a look at our Turning Tides, a jewellery range that we decorate with leftover studio glass and how we support the work of Plastic Oceans charity.