Shauna Mitru is a flame work bead artist and silversmith. Her work is playful & reflects the joy she feels in plying her trade. Shauna’s flame work is self-taught and she learned jewelry making with Megan Hazel. Shauna continues to pass on the craft to others, teaching bead making through the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre.
How are glass beads made?
Using a concentrated flame, colored glass rods are melted over a very hot flame and wound around a clay coated metal mandrel. As the glass is wound around the rod, a one-of-a-kind bead emerges. A single bead can take up to an hour to make. The process of making a single bead consists of layering glass to create depth and dimension, one layer over the other, shaping colour and glass to form a variety of different effects and designs. Completed beads are heated one more time in a kiln to strengthen the glass.