Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with a variety of tools and hand movements (Wikipedia).
This past 12 months, I have discovered the beauty of lampwork. There are some incredibly talented artists who make the most amazing beads. One such artist is Gail from Beadles. I am lucky to have a stash of her beautiful creations and recently combined some of my PMC with her lampwork beads to create a necklace which has become a firm favourite of mine.
Here is a picture of that necklace - Gail has kindly featured a number of artists who have created works using her beads including myself. http://www.beadles.de/caronreid.htm
Do yourself a favour and check out some of her designs - you won't be disappointed!