Making Lampwork drops


The lamp burns a mixture of propane and oxygen, which produces a very hot flame. The flame has a blue hot inner cone ((about 2500degrees C), and a cooler yellow outer cone.

A length of rod is rotated in the hot part of the flame until it begins to melt .

Protective didymium glasses are worn at all times when to filter out the bright sodium glare of the flame which would otherwise damage the eyes..





As the glass begins to melt it is lifted away from the flame and allowed to drop. Some colours form thicker necks than others.

These can be used to make long drops earrings.

Some glass, particularly the greens and blues, can partially change colour to an opaque red.

Black rods can develop a lovely metallic sheen.

Red is a particularly difficult colur to work with - which is a shame becasue red seems to be the most popular co lour!



When the neck has stopped stretching, the drop is separated from the rod by passing the neck through the cool part of the flame,

some rods produce larger drops than other, but even within a batch of drops, there is variation in neck thickness and size.

Drops are matched up into pairs and made into earrings .

Rods come in a huge range of colours, and once one rod has finished, that particular colour has gone. The next rod may be similar in colour but not quite the same.