Artist Cathi Milligan has been making jewelry since she can recall. From the phone wire jewelry at age 5, to macrame in the 70's and rhinestones in the 80's, the artist has long been fascinated with adornment.
Lampworked glass beads are created on a steel rod known as a mandrel. It's the mandrel that gives the bead its hole. Glass is heated at a torch till it is molten and then wound around the mandrel. Once cooled the finished bead can then be removed. This is the same way beads have been made for centuries. Contemporary bead makers are fortunate enough to have more sophisticated equipment and technology to enhance their lives.