I gave in yesterday and had a bit of an experiment, my first handpainted lampwork bead. It was done in a bit of a hurry and it’s not well painted but I’m really pleased with the outcome. I wanted to see how well the glass enamel covered and how it would fire, concerned that my bead would start to sag, but it didn’t.
I have rather hurriedly written up a PDF with instructions, you can download it here.
All the materials for painting can be purchased from Held
Now it has occurred to me that all my years of china painting knowledge can be translated to painting glass beads, I feel a couple of e-books coming on, techniques for painting glass beads, and painting on fused glass. Watch this space