For those jewelry artists out there who love making their own jewelry or for those who are just beginning to design.... When looking for lamp work beads the key is to buy from artists who are listed as SRA's.Just googling lamp work beads is NOT the answer to top of the line quality beads. MANY of the lamp work beads including the Pandora beads which are quite the rage here where we live are made in large
quanities by children in work houses in other countries i.e.: China. The glass is cheap and not the quality of German and Italian glass like Moretti, etc. that the SRA lamp workers are using. The foreign beads will break easily but the SRA artists anneal their beads in a kiln so you are getting pieces of true quality. Most of the glass that is made and used here in the USA is made right here on the West Coast because of our resources.
So if you want a top of the line piece go for TRUE artisans.
Another concern is to purchase findings, such as spacers, bead caps, clasps etc. which are LEAD FREE. Research what you use so that if you are not using pure silver or gold, which is quite costly,
that what you DO purchase is top of the line and lead free.
Beads by Dragynsfyre SRA and lead free findings by Tierra Cast also sold by Dragynsfyre.