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Some especially beautiful beads are made by lampworking, an ancient art of manipulating glass in a flame. You should consider glass lampwork beads to accent your bead jewelry. Lampwork beads are available to both the high end jewelry maker and the bead hobbyist. Some exquisite (and very expensive) handmade Lampwork beads are made in the United States by artists - many of the beads are "one of a kind". Their cost may be prohibitive, but if you are making a special piece, you should consider finding one of these individual and beautiful pieces of art. For the beginner, or for someone with less money to throw at their jewelry making hobby, there are also affordable Lampwork beads made by crafts people in India and China.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|