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Trollbeads Designer To Give Presentation, Showcase Inventions In Bridgewater

Posted: September 20, 2013

Scott Bouwens, inventor of lampwork process improvements, will be at Rebecca’s Well in Bridgewater from noon-3 p.m. Sept. 21. (Photo by Courtesy Photo / Dawn Hunter)
On Sept. 21, Rebecca’s Well will offer a special on troll beads: buy three from the collection and get one free. (Photo by Courtesy Photo / Dawn Hunter)
In 1976, Søren Silversmith created a jewelry bead with six troll faces; hung on a leather string, a troll face could be seen from every angle. Made and sold in Denmark, the unique bead led to a collection known as Trollbeads.

This collection, now sold in more than 50 countries, is made through a process known as lampwork. On Sept. 21, that process will be revealed to the public by one of the Trollbeads designers, artist and inventor, Scott Bouwens.

From noon to 3 p.m., Bouwens will be at Rebecca’s Well in Bridgewater, demonstrating the lampwork process and answering questions about his work as an artist.

“I am an inventor/hobbyist at heart and have always enjoyed tinkering with new ideas,” Bouwens says in his artist statement.

Bouwens joined the Trollbeads team with the release of his collection, the Rocky Beach Kit, in spring 2013.

The Process
Residing in La Conner, Wash., Bouwens invented tools to make the lampwork process easier and more efficient.

Lampwork involves mixing propane and oxygen, which creates a flame that can melt glass. That glass can then be manipulated by the artist, Wendy Smith, Trollbeads sales representative, explained.

Trollbeads are made from Italian glass sourced in Murano, sterling silver, 18 carat gold, natural pearls and a variety of precious stones.

There are now more than 600 pieces in the collection with variety between the beads — achieved by inlaying materials such as 22 carat gold flakes or silver foil within the glass. The artist can manipulate contents to create different colors and patterns, Smith explained.

“They are regarded as some of the most beautiful and detailed beads in the world,” Smith said, adding that the owner of the company has to approve each bead to be added to the collection.

Though the collection has grown extensively, each bead is still handmade through the lampwork process.

“I think this is a great event for people to see how detailed the Trollbeads glass process is,” Smith said of Bouwens’ demonstration. “And it’s a great way for our customers to understand how our beads are made and see the process firsthand.”

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