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Glass lampwork beads are all handmade, so when you buy in quantity from your wholesaler, you may see slight variations from bead to bead. Lampworked beads are the most labor intensive of all glass beads, and so, you'll see they cost more. These beads were once painstakingly created over hot oil lamps, which is how they come by their name. Today, most bead makers use gas torches, and so often, today's lampworked beads are also known as "fireworked" beads. These glass beads are often hand decorated too, or they can have a finish fired on in a kiln. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, and are available from just about any large bead wholesaler.