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Jodi Lindsey

Arizona, USA

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

This month, Beading Times celebrates Independence Day by speaking with another relative new-comer to the lampworking world. We find it very encouraging that there is so many new people and so many exciting things happening in the world of beadmaking!

Beading Times: How long have you been making beads?

Jodi Lindsey: 15 months

Beading Times: Wow, not long at all! What got you started making beads?

Jodi Lindsey: A person who had come upon my website wanted to do a trade with some of my beadwork for her lampwork beads. After meeting and finding out what "lampwork" beads were for the first time, we made our trade. I carried these 50 little beads around for a week like little jewels! I had to learn more … .it was the start of my lampworking addiction!

Beading Times: If only they had know what they were starting! Were you interested in making beads before that?

Jodi Lindsey: I have always been fascinated with glass and had worked on a torch with some small metalwork back in high school, but I have never even contemplated that someone could actually melt their own glass to make a bead until then!

Beading Times: Did you take a class?

Jodi Lindsey: Not at first. I watched a one on one demo from Sue Lewis, who is the women I traded lampwork beads with. I went home and purchased Cindy Jenkins book on How to Make Lampwork Beads and bought a hot head torch the next week. I practiced on my own for about 4 months before taking my first class through my local arts center and have been taking classes off and on since then.

Beading Times: Have you had anyone that you consider to be a mentor? Tell me about them.

Jodi Lindsey: I have several people whom I consider my mentors in my Arizona Beadmakers Group; Laurie Nessel, Sue Lewis, Laura and Israel Brito, Dolly Ahles, Judy Binderman, Cynthia Beach, and Wendy Wyman. They have taken me under their wings and shown me the ropes. I feel the one that has had the most influence on me is my on going teacher Laurie Nessel. She is so talented and so patient! I have learned many techniques from her as well as the basic torching skills.

Beading Times: Whose beads inspire you the most?

Jodi Lindsey: My two favorite glass artists are Michael Barley and Tom Boylan.

Beading Times: Do you sell your beads?

Jodi Lindsey: Yes, both on my website and Ebay.

Beading Times: Do you make beads for friends?

Jodi Lindsey: Yes, for friends and family, and even the girls at my local post office which I frequent often when shipping beads to my customers.

Beading Times: What does your spouse/children/family/friends think of your beadmaking?

Jodi Lindsey: They all love it! My whole family has been so supportive of me. Everyone helps me come up with names for my bead sets and gives me ideas to try out. I have gotten my husband, my son, and even a few family members to try their hand at lampworking as well. My twin sister is now even branching off with her own lampworking and sells her work on her website and on ebay under the user name: glasscanyon. I would love for this to become a family tradition and I look forward to passing my knowledge down to my children.

Beading Times: What a cool idea! A family of lampworkers! What sort of set up do you have for making beads? (Type of torch, gas, kiln, etc.)

Jodi Lindsey: I currently have a minor burner with an oxygen concentrator. I have a bead kiln made by Don McKinney with a digital controller which I totally love! (no more kiln sitting!)

Beading Times: Do you have a favorite product, i.e. bead release, glass, etc.

Jodi Lindsey: Well I have to put a plug in for a friend and local glass supplier in my area: Robin Foster owner of Fosterfire glass. Her bead release is wonderful!

Beading Times: What type of glass do you use?

Jodi Lindsey: Moretti and Lauscha.

Beading Times: We are certainly seeing more and more people add the Lauscha to their palette. Do you have a favorite technique?

Jodi Lindsey: Well I have been called the "dot" queen by some of my friends and I do have to admit I love bumpies and bubbles! It is even hard for me to make just a smooth bead because I cannot bring myself to melt in the decorations after spending so much time on them!

Beading Times: Do you make sets?

Jodi Lindsey: Yes, lots of them!

Beading Times: Which do you prefer to make, a pile of beads or a single perfect bead?

Jodi Lindsey: Defintely a pile of beads. I want to run them through my fingers! I want the full effect of a set, matching colors, patterns, etc. I make little families of beads, "bead babies"!

Beading Times: That's a cool way of thinking about them! Have you developed a "signature" bead, a unique type of bead that is recognizably yours. Tell us about it, how you developed it, etc.

Jodi Lindsey: Well I hesitate to say yes, because I am sure someone did this long before I came along. But I make a ruffled disc that I think no one else does. I came upon the design quite by accident. Trying to straighten up a regular disc with some tweezers and bent the hot glass just a bit too much. I decided to try it all the way around the edge of the disc and there you have it a ruffly disc or what I call my "Sea Stars."

Beading Times: What was your biggest obstacle to overcome?

Jodi Lindsey: Well, this is one I am still working on, it is having the space I would like to have for my work area. I am currently in the process of building my own studio.

Beading Times: What is the hardest kind of bead to make for you?

Jodi Lindsey: Encased florals!!! But thanks to Kristen Frantzen Orr's class that I just recently took, I have learned some great tips and just need to put them to use with lots of practice!

Beading Times: The easiest?

Jodi Lindsey: Plunged bubbles.

Beading Times: What is your favorite kind of bead or technique?

Jodi Lindsey: Anything with lots of bubbles and vibrant colors!

Beading Times: And you do use very vibrant colours! How have your beads changed? Since you started or over the years?

Jodi Lindsey: Well besides the obvious things like puckers and even beads, I think the thing that has changed is not my beads, but my skill level. I had visions in my head from day one on what I wanted to make, but I just could not make my hands do it. With time I have learned the techniques I have needed to bring my ideas and thoughts into reality. It is an ongoing process now, I have even bigger ideas that I cannot yet make my hands do, and the addiction goes on!

Beading Times: Do you still have the first beads you made? What do you think of them now?

Jodi Lindsey: Oh Yes!! I think they are so funny! I thought they were fabulous back then! Now they are just VERY "Wonky" but dear to my heart!

Beading Times: What was your scariest beadmaking experience?

Jodi Lindsey: I think lighting up my hot head torch for the very first time. I have to say, I wasn't even the one that really did it. I made my husband do it while I was standing some feet away (just in case something blew up!) he-he!

Beading Times: Do you have a technique or method or tip to share?

Jodi Lindsey: I have a few tutorials on my website including "how to make a vessel" and "how to wire wrap a vessel." The biggest tip I can give any new person who might be looking into the lampworking world is to just "do it"! I remember how overwhelmed I was with all the info and even a bit scared when I first started. I want to say to anyone who feels like that, to not be afraid to try this. Take some classes, read some books, and practice, practice, practice!

Beading Times: Have you "invented" any new tools, or recycled something that wouldn't ordinarily be thought of as a tool for lampworking?

Just the common nail for plunging bubbles, nothing too creative!

Beading Times: Could you share with us some pictures of your studio set up?

Jodi Lindsey: Sure, though this is just temporary. My studio will (crossing fingers) be done before the really hot weather hits!

Beading Times: That's a honking big fan next to your torch —do you actually run it while working? ;-)

Jodi Lindsey: Yes, for now the fan is my ventilation system as well as an open door and window. My "real" studio is being built and will have an actual hood and built in fan for ventilation. I just can't hardly wait! :)


Beading Times: What about photographing your beads — what do you use to get your pictures?

Jodi Lindsey: I have a Sony Mavica FD-95 that my wonderful mother in law bought for me. It takes excellent pictures! I do any editing in Adobe Photoshop.

Beading Times: Do you have a website or auction site that you regularly sell you beads on?

Jodi Lindsey: Yes! My own website at and Ebay under the username: beadworx

Beading Times: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us! We wish you lots of success and can hardly wait to see what comes out of your new studio!


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