About Me

Laura Sparling (That'll be me, then)

My name is Laura Sparling and I've been making glass beads since 2004.

A few years ago I saw an advert in the back of an American beadwork magazine that showed equipment for making your own glass beads. I was intrigued, to say the least!

I did a lot of research, bought some books and studied the subject for weeks and weeks. Eventually I took the plunge and set myself up in the back garden with my Dad's old Black & Decker Workmate and Horace, my beloved Hot Head torch.

After many happy hours of melting I decided that beadmaking was something that I really wanted to pursue further. I moved inside and worked on a camping table in the kitchen and then I eventually moved my beadmaking into the old shed in the back garden and switched Horace for a Carlisle Mini CC torch that Corina Tettinger kindly gave me as a gift.

My lampworking workbench and assorted glass gubbins

I used to make beads as a way of relaxing after work and I sold them on eBay to make some money to buy new glass and tools with.  People seemed to like my work and it soon became a little business.  In 2006 I took the plunge and decided to make beads my full time job.

I still use my Mini CC and I make beads most days which I sell over on my website.