Lampwork

Lampwork

Lampwork beads are made by melting narrow rods of glass by hand over an open flame (usually a torch). The glass is wrapped around a thin metal rod (a mandrel), which later becomes the hole through the bead. Many effects can be achieved through using various colors of glass and various techniques. Lampwork beads can also be crated into small figurines such as faces or animals.

Lariat Necklace

Lariat Necklace

A type of necklace that mimics a lasso. Can be multi-stranded. Similar to a Y-necklace.

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Leather

Leather

A versatile material created by tanning of animal hides and skin, usually cattle hide. Leather can be braided, used as a cord to string beads onto, or used as a base for bead embroidery.

Liquid Silver

Silver tube beads (bugle beads). Sometimes the tubes are twisted. Beads may be silver plated or just silver colored.

Liver of Sulfur

Liver of Sulfur

A chemical compound used to give an “antiqued” look or darkened coating or patina to silver and bronze jewelry. An in-depth article can be found here: Liver of Sulfer.

Lobster Claw Clasp

Lobster Claw Clasp

A secure clasp useful for finishing necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry.

Loomwork

Loomwork

Beadwork can be done by hand, but a bead loom makes it faster and easier. Small wire ones are inexpensive and can be purchased at bead stores. For larger projects, you can make your own out of wood.

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