Of course the most important thing in lampworking after the torch is probably the glass. Glass comes in the form of rods which is basically a "stick" of glass (like a pencil or a straw)about 30cm long & anywhere from a couple of millimetres up to about 15mm thick. I use what is called "soft glass" or "soda lime glass" as compared to things like pyrex which is borosilicate & very hard to melt. Soft or soda lime glass contains soda, lime & other elements as well as silica & is used for many things like windows & bottles & of course making beads.
Here is my collection of glass (although I have to admit, it has grown even further since this pic was taken), glass ranges in price from $10 to $100+ per pound depending on what sort of glass it is & whether it has inclusions like silver or gold in it. I have my glass sorted by manufacturer, my silver glass (the most expensive glass) is in the top section (round holes) of the first pic.
Taking a closer look at the things in the studio, firstly, here is a picture of my torch, both lit & unlit. I use a small torch from GTT (Glass Torch Technologies) called a Cricket, as you can see, its a pretty pink/purple colour.
Earlier this week I was very excited to be mentioned on a very well known beading blog called Art Bead Scene. They featured a collection of beads from various Australian lampworkers & one of my beads was amongst them. Art Bead Scene is a collaborative blog effort between a number of very talented artists & has a huge following in the art bead & blogging world.
If you haven't checked out Art Bead Scene yet their blog is full of colour, creativity giveaways & challenges, you can go & check it out athttp://artbeadscene.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/beads-of-oz.html