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Detailed, 1st-Person Perspective Glass Bead Making / Lampwork Video Tutorials by Bijou Arte's own Tim James.

The goal of this FREE video series is to simulate a one-on-one glass bead making lesson. From beginner to advanced, we examine in detail the glass bead making process; From tips on lighting the torch, holding the mandrel and introducing the glass rod to the flame, to suggestions on how to consistently form a good base bead, pull stringer, make different bead shapes, encasement of beads, create cabochons and MORE. TONS of useful tips for beginning bead makers!

Tim James is a glass bead maker and instructor. He lives in Tuscany, Italy with his jewelry designer wife Lily. He has been working with glass since 2002 and teaching glass bead making since 2005.

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Video 1: Glass Bead Making Basics

In this inaugural video we examine in detail the glass bead making process; Tips on lighting the torch, holding the mandrel, introducing the glass rod to the flame and the transfer of glass from the rod to the mandrel. TONS of useful tips for beginning bead makers!


Video 2: Recap - Let's Speed Things Up A Bit

In this 2nd lesson we'll move more quickly through the bead making process. Remember, Practice & more Practice builds muscle memory which facilitates your growth as a bead maker. Tips on lighting the torch, holding the mandrel, introducing the glass rod to the flame and the transfer of glass from the rod to the mandrel.


Video 3: Easy Barrel Beads

In this video tutorial we learn how to consistently create beautifully balanced and centered barrel-shaped beads with nice dimpled ends. We also talk about the importance of flame-annealing.



Video 4: Spacer Beads & 4-Corner Beads

In this video tutorial we begin by making spacer beads, 3 beads per mandrel. This strengthens dexterity and concentration as you'll need to keep ALL the beads warm as you work. Also, we are going to make a 3-bead set of 4-corner beads. Both of these bead sets help you continue to fine-tune your process.


Video 5: Disaster Averted! Stringers, Dot Grid Pattern & More

While taking my latest multi-camera setup for a test drive, dot placement suffered. BUT the bead and its design were salvaged; come see how! We also look at pulling stringers, adding dots in a grid pattern, melting dots in so the edges don't blur and raised dots.


Video 6: Fun & Easy-To-Make 5-Bead Set

Using the basic skill sets we already have in our bead-making arsenal, we'll create a set of 5 beads. Plus we'll look at flattening beads, adding dots in a grid pattern, squaring bead edges, utilizing different parts of the flame and some tips on how to successfully recreate bead styles. We'll even delve into the Zen of glass bead making...


Video 7: EASY Balanced & Centered LONG Beads & Barrel Beads

When I first started making glass beads, I AVOIDED doing longer beads because I just couldn't get both sides of the bead equally balanced. But at one point a realization hit me and now Balanced & Centered LONG Beads are Easy As Pie! Come and see how easy it can be...


Just Playing: This, That & The Other...

I originally posted this with Led Zeppelin songs playing in my studio as I worked but Youtube called it out as copyright infringement (took them less than an hour to spot it - and they were nice about it). I've replaced Zep with a Russian dance song. Does it work? You tell me...


Night-time snippet of the making of a Massive 3-rod Hollow Core glass bead. Music is an impromptu jam session by Lily and Tim and our friends Warwick and the lovely Katharina. This musical moment was captured during our Lost Year living in a tiny medieval village near the french border...

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