When I have any spare time you will find me back in the workshop making glass beads. I have made beads on and off for ten years. As of yet the beads have been made as a hobby, purely for fun but hopefully in the near future maybe we will be able to incorporate them into a new range of jewellery .
The basic concept with lampworking is to have a blowtorch facing away from you fixed to a work surface and to melt the end of a glass rod until it is soft. This is then wrapped around a steel rod which then forms the hole in the bead. The rest is just practice and experimentation.
The only training that I have had was a half day course with Teresa at www.Tuffnellglass.com which is where I get most of my tools and materials from. I use a Nortel Minor Burner and Effetre glass rods.
My favourite lampworking artist is Kristina Logan who manages to work amazingly precisely. She is extremely talented and her work can be seen at kristinalogan.com