When I mentioned I was stuck for an idea to write about today, my teammate Lesley Watt mentioned to me that she would like to have a little lesson in some lampwork vocaulary! Perfect, I said, 'cuz I know that! So today I'm going to tell you about three lampwork words you may have heard but don't really know what they are - frit, murrini and stringer.
Glass Diversions. Frit is little ground up pieces of glass that you roll your bead in. You can either melt it in all the way or leave it somewhat raised for different effects. There are many producers of frit - Robin's frit blends were the first I was introduced to so I chose to highlight hers here. But if you google glass frit, you will find many people who make gorgeous frit blends.
Here are some examples of my beads with frit:
Murrini are little chips of glass that you apply to beads. Murrini can be very simple, or very complex. Murrini start out by layering colors of glass in specific design patterns to achieve a certain look. The big blob of glass that results is then pulled down by heating it very slowly and stretching the blob out until it becomes basically the same dimensions as a glass rod. The rod that results is then cut into "chips" with tile cutters and then applied to beads.
An example of a simple murrini I made can be seen in this bead:
Some people make really fantastic murrini - Lori and Kim for example:
Jennifer Cameron uses a lot of murrini by Lori and Kim to make her awesome headpins:
Donna Millard, who I admire for the videos she shows of her large gathers before she pulls her murrini rods! This murrini by Donna:
And finally, stringer. Stringer is glass that is pulled off a molten rod of glass to make a thin strand of glass, used in decoration. I can think of many people who have amazing "stringer control" - which means the ability to control how you apply your stringer onto a bead while controlling the heat used to apply it. Here are some examples (the stringers are all the little lines you see "drawn" on the design of the bead):
So there you have it, a simple lesson on three lampwork vocabulary words! I hope you enjoyed the post today, as well as the eye candy!
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