PART 2 of the Glass Beadmaking FAQ, Version 1.07
8. INSTRUCTIONAL REFERENCES
Abreviations for this section:
NB= not a bead making book but teaches glass techniques
?= have not seen the book, may contain bead techniques
The Bead Directory Now includes glass beadmaking suppliers
Cooper, Suzanne Torch Beads
DeWidt, Penelope The Bead Business
Drew-Wilkinson, Kate How to be successful in the Bead Jewelry
Dunham, Bandhu Scott Contemporary Lampworking: A practical
shaping glass in the flame
? Fused Fantasies Glass Magic (fusing)
Jenkins, Cindy You Can Make Glass Beads
Kervin, James More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About
Liu, Robert Collectible Beads
? Lundstrom, Bruce Glass Fusing Book One
Glasscasting and Moldmaking
Advanced Fusing Techniques
? Moorman, Shar Warm Glass (fusing)
? Schmid, Edward The Big Handbook of Glassblowing
? Soderman, Alee Cut, Cook, and Create (microwave fusing)
? Reynolds, Gil The Fused Glass Handbook
Zimmerman, Alice Lampwork Beads: The Book
Most of these books are available through Glass Artist Bookshelf-
28 S. State Street, Newtown, PA, 18940 or 1-215-860-9947.
NEW- Glass Buttons- Beyond Beadmaking: featuring Alice Foster
COMING SOON- Dichroic Beadmaking by Patricia Frantz
Coleman, Jerry Basics of Making Marbles (90 minutes)
Fowle, Kate Introduction to Glass Beadmaking
Goertz, LeRoy Beads and Beyond (Pyrex beads)
Max, Michael Beadmaking (60 minutes, for beginners)
NB Reynolds, Gil Kiln Crafted Glass: Slumping
w/ Kay***ey Glass Beadmaking- Wound Dichroic Beads
NB ? Hot Glass (teaches how to use the Fire
Wilson, Lewis Lampworking (4 hours, lots of guests,
Murrine (how to make canes w/ minor
Animal Beads and Candy (25-30 animals +
Glass Beadmaking (the basics,1.3 hours)
Zimmerman, Alice Lampwork Beads I (the basics, 5 beads
start to finish)
Lampwork beads II (Advanced Decorating,
15 decorating techniques)
Lampwork Beads III (Design, Shape, &
8.3 MAGAZINES (all carry some beadmaking articles in some issues)
Bead and Button 1-203-857-5355 bimonthly $19.95/yr.
Glass Art 1-303-791-8998 bimonthly $24/yr.
Glass Crafter (I think)
(was Glass Artist)
(was Professional Stained Glass)
1-215-860-1812 bimonthly $30/yr.
Glass Patterns Quarterly 1-502-222-4527 quarterly $18/yr.
Lapidary Journal Circulation Dept. PO Box 1100
Devon, PA, 19333 monthly $24/yr.
October is the Annual Bead Issue
Ornament 1-800-888-8950 quarterly $ 23/yr.
Glass Line PO Box 847, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
8.4 SHOW CATALOGS
The Work of Contemporary Glass Beadmakers 1993
The Gathering 2- a 56 page color catalog showcasing the 48
artists in the show. $14 plus $3 P&H
both available from The Society of Glass Beadmakers, P.O. Box
San Rafael, Ca 94915-1613
8.5 Poster- 18"x 24" color poster from the show at the San Anselmo
Art Glass Studio and Gallery for the Society of Glass
Beadmakers. Available from Arrow Springs for $7.50.
The following are glass and glass equipment suppliers that sell
These symbols will be used:
K of interest to beadmakers using kilns
L of interest to lampworkers
G of interest to *** beadmakers
B of interest to beginners
ALLEN GRAEF (K,L,G)
3823 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach, CA 90804
Phone and Fax 1-310-494-3823
Dichroic glass manufacturer. $100 min on jewels, bevels, rods, and
stringer. Sheet dichroic in round and square. Sample sets, dichropat,
sample sets. Minimum on sheet is 1/4 sheet (8"x8"). You can send in
your own glass and they will coat it for you. Offers free sample of
dichropat with catalog ($3).
AQUARIUS STUDIOS (K,B)
Route 1, Box 25, Elmwood TX 38560
They sell only glass sagging and draping molds. About 57 different
designs, all ceramic molds- no metal.
ARROW SPRINGS (L,K, B)
4570 Tennessee Drive, Shingle Springs, Ca 95682
Beginner friendly catalog with everything needed for lampworking.
Moretti by the rod or by the pound. Torches, accessories, hand tools,
annealers. I personally recommend this one because of the prices and
please-the-customer services such as no packing charges on glass.
ASG (L, B)
7015 North 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 or P.O. Box 552,
Glendale AZ 85311-0552
1-602-939-7260 fax 1-602-939-8044
Moretti glass rods, general lampworking supplies. While their
supplies are for the most part at a reasonable price, on their latest
price list they sell most Moretti for about $17 per lb. compared to
$8 per lb. from other suppliers listed here.
C & R LOO (K, L, G)
1085 Essex Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Toll-free order line: U.S./Canada 1-800-227-1780
Wholesale distributor of sheet glass- $100 minimum order (on sheet
glass only). They carry Q-colors, FA-powders, Kugler, Zimmermann,
Woesenthalhutte, Wasser, Bullseye, , and HG glasses. Many are carried
as sheet, frit, slab, etc. They sell sample packs of Bullseye products
at good prices (including dichroics).
They carry the Bullseye Stix Pack recommended above.
DICHROIC FUSING SOURCE (K,L,G,B)
P.O. Box 1192, Oregon City, OR 97045
Dichroic glass manufacturer. No minimum!! They sell most dichroics
in 90 c.o.e. They sell s***dichroic and dichroic stringers as well
as sheets. Ask for Dan if you need fusing advice. They sell kilns too.
ED HOYS INTERNATIONAL (L,K,G)
1620 Frontenac Rd., Naperville, IL, 60563-1762
1-800-323-5668 fax 1-708-416-0448
Distributor of just about any glass item you could think of. The
catch? They only sell wholesale and only to people in business. You
need to send them in proof of business by having a yellow pages ad or
a few other ways that I don't remember off-hand. (Anyone?) Call them
to see if you qualify.
FRANTZ BEAD COMPANY (L, B)
(ask for Beadmaker's Newsletter, they have many catalogs)
E. 1222 Sunset Hill Rd., Shelton, WA 98584
1-206-426-6712 fax 1-206-427-5866
All basic beadmaking supplies. They have a good variety of
instructional glass videos. They sell Moretti glass, including the
only Moretti dichroic I know of, millefiori, torches, and tools. They
have a min. 1/2 lb. of each color ordered for Effetre(Moretti). My
favorite product of theirs is a Moretti glass assortment: 91 rods in
a color assortment including filigrana: 13" rods-$50, 39" rods-$145.
They put out a newsletter almost monthly and if you don't order
monthly you need to call to receive a new one. They now have no
charge on their glass.
FUSION HEADQUARTERS (L, G, K, B)
7402-A SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR, 97219
38-pg. catalog. Good descriptions for beginners.
They sell kilns, fusing parts, a few molds. They sell Fuse Master
Enamels in 1 oz and 8 oz sizes. They are the only source I've seen
for the Murphy Fire Bucket, a mini-*** set-up (6x6 inside)
that runs on propane.
626 Moss Street, Golden, CO 80401
1-303-278-4670 fax 1-303-278-4672
They are primarily a lampworking supplier, but you could use their
products for other glassmaking. They sell all basic supplies, Moretti
by the rod, Pyrex rods in lots of diameters, Northstar Borocolour,
and enamels. There is a $3.00 handling charge for orders under $50.00.
GLASS WAREHOUSE (L?, G)
800 Orange St. P.O. Box 1039 Millville NJ 08332-8039 AND
14000 183rd St, La Palma, CA 90623-1010
1-800-833-0410 in NJ call 609-327-5228 fax 1-609-825-9014
Glass tubing, rod, blanks, and flat. Glass tubing in unusual shapes.
Glass lab bottles.
Kba Manufacturing (L,K)
8129 N. 35th Ave. #2-319, Phoenix, AZ, 85051
May be wholesale to suppliers only.
M-TECH (L, G)
P.O. Box 1358, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924
1-800-260-2137 fax 1-916-269-2930
Torches, drill presses, cut-off saws. You have to know what you're
looking for with these guys, because they don't hold your hand at all.
They are a good source for glass and ceramic tapes ( again you have
to know what you need, no descriptions, but there are b&w photos of
most products). They have Moretti, Corning Pyrex, and borosilicates.
P.O. Box 5128, Asheville, N.C., 28813
1-800-847-8427 fax 1-704-684-4894
Small equipment catalog. They sell blow pipes, tong, jacks, shears,
and gathering irons.
STAINED GLASS IMPRESSIONS (K,L,B)
Parkway Center, 929 High Street, West Chester, PA 19382
Mostly a stained glass supplier but carries fusible sheet glasses,
Moretti rods, and some lampworking supplies. Last time I ordered
they had a $25 or $30 min (can't remember) for mail order. They also
carry kilns and enamels. Good reference catalog.
STEINERT (L, G)
157 Franklin Ave., Kent, Ohio, 44240
order line 1-800-727-7473 1-216-678-0028 fax 1-216-678-8238
Some blowpipes and tools, but of major interest is their optical
molds. They have a new series of optical bead molds for those of you
doing cane work.
WALE APPARATUS (L,K,G)
400 Front St, Hellertown, PA, 18055
1-800-444-WALE 1-610-838-7047 fax 1-610-838-7440
Geared toward the laboratory glass worker, not to artists, but could
be useful. Good descriptions. Diamond tools, lathe burners, many
torches, polariscopes, glass tapes, and safety equipment.
10. Societies and Organizations
Society of Glass Beadmakers $35/yr. includes newsletter
Send check to Society of Glass Beadmakers c/o Shari Hopper,
2902 Neal Rd., Paradise, CA, 95969.