And this is where I create my beads. The torch is located in the right corner under the roof-lights.
It’s so cosy when it’s getting dark - and lampworking is just fun….
My table is covered with safety-glass in order to protect the wood. Underneath the table there are some additional lamps, so I don’t have to search for the appropriate glass colours in the dark. Next to the cabinet on the right you can see a little fire extinguisher (haven’t found a place yet for a bigger one), but there is a fire blanket available at hand at any time. So far, I never needed these things, but it´s essential to have them - being prepared just in case.
Here you can see my working environment from an other perspective. I have sewed two leather pads in order to protect my elbows.
It is not much effort to change over my single work-station into a working place for two persons.
Another view of the two work-stations. One exhaust pipe is located in the reveal, a second one is right in front of the torches.
My tools are next to my work-station, part of them hung up to the wall, therefore everything is easily at hand right away. My stringer collection is deposited in test-tubes.
Each torch has a different flame and therefore I have different types of torches. Depending on the glass or the beads I like to create I choose the appropriate torch. All torches are equipped with quick couplers for easy replacement because it is really time- and power-consuming to detach the torch tube. I prefer the wide flame of the Carlisle for example to pull murrinis. If I like to work with Boroglass I decide for the Cheetah. For those techniques where it is advisable to apply a very pointed flame, I use the Isihead. I have a special japaneese torch for working with Satake glass. This torch doesn`t need an oxygene concentrator, it works with an air pump.
My oxygen concentrators are located in the basement and are connected to the workstations in the attic via two 14 m long tubes. The Invacare was my first oxygen concentrator and even after 4 years of usage it still does a very reliable job. I am happy about my two Isioxys which are powerful and run at an extremely low noise level. I can operate them from the attic floor.
The little glass shelf under my desk contains a relatively small supply of glass, but well sorted and ready for usage at any time. This is the big storage place in the basement for all my glass material etc.
Samples of lucent and opaque glass, separated inside the glass tank. Every rod is labelled with name and colour number. Due to this system it’s easy to find the matching colours for my beads. The easiest way to get familiar with a new kind of glass is to start with some sample beads first – by the way, they are sometimes also quite decorative...
The Chillipepper annealing kiln is placed on a mobile carriage and can be moved around quite easily.. The drawers are stuffed with colour-powders. Not frequently used stuff like Boroglass is stored in the wooden boxes. The Isichillin, my latest purchase, is a small and energy-saving kiln. It´s perfect for days, when I don’t make many beads or when I have to work with high temperated glass.
Here is the place where I clean my beads. This is easily done with the grinding machine. For beads with holes smaller than 2 mm I use a Dremel with flexible shaft.