Martha Proctor - Liquid Sand Studio



Select Items may now be purchased online using Google Checkout

Private Lessons Available
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New Location!

Northampton Beadery
Focal Beads
Hollow Bumpies
Millefiore Pendants
Beads for Bracelets

Local Venues:

The Hempest - Northampton
177 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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Northampton Beadery
6 Service Center Dr.
Northampton, MA 01060

The Toy Boat
Straight Wharf 41
Nantucket, MA 02554

West Coast

Seattle Glassblowing Studio
2227 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2181
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"Making Beautiful Things"
by Alice Korach

Lapidary Journal
October 2006 "Beads"

Bead Unique
Issue 11 - Gallery pages

Bead and Button
October 2010 (p.5)

assorted Beads About the process:
Martha works mainly in borosilicate glass. Beads are made on a 1/8" or 3/32" steel mandrel, or off-mandrel, using a "punty", or glass rod handle.
All beads are annealed in an digitally controlled kiln; a slow cooling process which removes a lot of stress from the glass and leaves it more durable.

More on Techniques:
Millefiore beads are made using variations on the traditional technique. Flower canes and other unique designs are improvised at the torch, hot stacked and hand-pulled in small batches. Slices of cane about 2mm thick, called 'murrini', are cut with a special tool, then placed onto the molten core of the bead and pressed in with a brass paddle. A small drop of clear glass over each chip keeps the edges from shrinking into the design. A tiny glass rake is used to twist and pull the edges of the melted-in murrini, which grow together at the corners; creating an organic yet subtly patterned effect. The whole design is magnified by a thick layer of clear glass.

Some items are now available for purchase online using Google Checkout