What is Lampwork?
Lampworking is the craft of melting glass rods in a flame until molten, and then using gravity and various tools to shape the glass into beads, figures, or other items.
I primarily use Effetre glass, a soft glass that comes in rods about the diameter of a pencil and about 12" long, in a variety of colors.
I use a Cheetah torch from Glass Torch Technologies. It is a twelve-jet triple surface mix torch, which means that the flame is caused by an oxygen/propane combination fed by separate tubes and mixed within the torch itself. The temperature reaches well over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The craft of melting glass and forming it into useful household objects and works of art has been around since practically the beginning of humankind.
If you would like to learn more about lampworking, please visit History of Art Glass Lampworking, by Robert A. Mickelsen. He offers an excellent overview!