Contemporary Lampworking: A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame Hardcover-spiral – 19 Jun 2002
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Lampworking, also called Flameworking, is a rich, creative glassblowing tradition. The equipment is simple enough for most hobbyists to set up in their own home, yet the technique is flexible enough to suit the most demanding artist. Here is instruction in a variety of basic and advanced lampworking techniques, complete with technical background data, made easy to understand. Widely regarded as the 'Bible of Lampwork', the first two editions of 'Contemporary Lampworking' have been used as a text and recommended by lampworking instructors throughout the world. This fully revised third edition, in two volumes, features over 1500 illustrations, including detailed, step-by-step photographs and drawings as well as inspiring photographs of lampworked art. Work by almost 100 living and historical lampworkers is represented in 32 pages of full colour, the book of special interest to collectors as well as glass artists.Topics include: History of Lampworking; Studio Set-Up with Updated Suppliers and Sources; Shaping Glass Rod and Tubing; Making Beads, Marbles, Paperweights, Pendants, Bracelets and Core-Formed Vessels; Neon and Plasma sculpture; Glassblowing Lathe Techniques; Improved Annealing Procedures; Health and Safety Guidelines; Surface Decoration; Mixing and Using Coloured Glass.
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There is a lot of technical stuff which I think is essential to know if you are going to lampwork safely, fantastic gallery pictures that will have you gaping and if it involves glass and a flame then its in these two volumes.
Nearly all of the technical pictures are in black and white so if you use colour to gauge whether you are in the right flame then forget it. In my opinion the beauty of glass is the light and colour which is unfortunately lost in black and white.
However if you have been going a while and would like to go further than beads then look no further. Beautifully bound in spiral format which makes propping it on the work surface a bonus.Fantastic coverage of the science of glass and an in depth explanation of C.O.E. Plus, many more instructions on hollow work, annealing, solid work and more.
Pricey but a worthwhile investment if you are serious.
While essential basics in the craft are explained, the reader is encouraged to develop their own style. Dunham explains that there is no right or wrong way to practise the craft, but offers tips on making certain tasks easier.
Furthermore Dunham unselfishly provides additional resources to those that need to investigate nearly any aspect in further depth.
He also offers many suggestions to those newcomers with limited capital as to how to find alternatives to provide for expensive tools.
Anyone wanting to start off in the glassblowing hotglass craft should start right here!
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