What is Lampworking?
Working molten glass is a process called Lampworking. That is because, in the old days, glassworkers would use the flame of an oil lamp as a heat source to melt the glass.
The glass comes in rods of many different colours. These are hand-pulled in Murano, Italy. The ending of the glass rod becomes molten in the high-temperature flame of the torch. These days gas/oxygen torches are the most common lampworking tools.
As soon as the glass is heated enough and becomes flexible, it is wound around stainless steel wire (mandrel). The core of the bead is shaped and decorated with stringers and other techniques. Layers can be added on top of each other to achieve different effects. Precious metals can be incorporated into bead designs.
After the bead is finished, it is placed into a kiln, to soak in a high-temperature heat to relieve all the possible stress inside and to prevent the bead from cracking. When cooled down, the beads are taken off the mandrels and cleaned. They are now 'bead-licious' and ready to be set into my Silverwork!
The artist is extremely talented, creating ooak pieces that are marked by her eclectic style. The layby process was a Godsend as well. It was a wonderful experience.
Order as described. Very pretty and sturdy. Will continue to but from SOF
Every detail, the craftsmanship, and the imagination equates to a stunning art piece in the form of this ring!
I absolutely love the stunning bracelet that l purchased! I had been watching it on the Web store for quite a while and at last it belongs in my collection of stunningly beautiful jewellery from Shape of Fire 🔥 👌 😍
Everything is perfect on this statement ring! Such quality, nice heft! Amazing work and art as usual!
Silver smithing top notch, stone quality top notch. As always even more impressive in person.
Absolutely love all of Carli's creations, but my favourites are the annual custom bangles that Carli makes for my niece's birthdays. They are so special and the entire family absolutely adores those bangles. Thank you Carli for always creating just the perfect piece for me. Love the latest bangle I just received and can't wait to see my niece's reaction when I give it to her.
My delivery today was so exciting the quality was amazing the ring was so beautiful and comfortable to wear and big. Necklace is breathtaking in quality and a true statement piece. Thanks you Carli
This is my 3rd purchase from Shape of Fire and every piece is uniquely different. Carli is so talented. I love her work and definitely recommend Shape of Fire if you like silver pieces that are not the norm
The Star Sapphire & Spiders Ring is absolutely fabulous. Love the design..beautiful details. The center stone is stunning and there are even tiny stones on the sides. Wonderful artistry. Thank you so much!
Beautiful piece, thanks so much
This pendant is beautifully made, it looks even nicer in person. It arrived quickly and was wrapped like a gift. Thank you!
I love this necklace! The stone is gorgeous and actually looks like a desert landscape. The skull, feathers and snakes give it added character without distracting from the stone. I love Carli's work!
Desert Landscape Skull, Cactus & Jasper Sterling Necklace
Such a beautiful and well made piece. I love the Hibiscus flowers and the mabe pearl which os a great match for the larimar. I'm always over the moon with my Shape of Fire purchases. Thanks you for this individual work of art!