FAQs

Can I buy a Mick McNulty piece of wearable art?
Mick is very selective about selling her work, and no two pieces are alike. When she does choose to sell, they are priced at premium rates due to the unique and time consuming elements of her jewelry. Please email her if you are interested in commissioning a custom piece either based upon something pictured here or personal requests.


How can I learn to make my own wearable art?
Mick teaches classes in central Texas often as many as 3 times a week.
Check out her current openings.


Where does Mick get the fantastic beads and findings she uses?
Mick has many places from which she tracks down her treasured materials. The first - and most readily accessible - is her store Nomadic Notions. She is an accomplished lampwork bead maker, and many of her focal beads and others have been made by hand. Mick also loves attending bead and gem shows in her region and nationally. The annual Bead & Button Convention is often a place were she finds herself having to set a budget for fear of going into debt. Additionally Mick gets a special thrill out of meeting up with the many individual vendors who travel the country with distinctive strands and finds only they can offer. And finally one of her favorite ways to hunt down unique beads and findings is via her travels. The website BeadShopFinder.com offers anyone the ability to locate vendors in major cities around the country. Anytime she travels Mick always makes a point of seeking out what the locals have to offer!


What is Lampworking?
Lampworking 101 - Heat sand in a furnace and it becomes molten glass. Add chemicals to the raw glass and it takes on colors and special characteristics. From the furnace different types and colors of glass can then be drawn into rods. Talented artists can then select the special qualities and colors of these glass rods for crafting their bead and glass art. When these rods are reintroduced into profound heat they become molten again and can then be used to create a multitude of amazing beads and art pieces.
The source of the artist's heat is a torch. Though it looks very much like a plumber's torch, these tools are very refined and uniquely suited to the various techniques used in the art. These torches are also referred to as lamps. Thus as the main tool for the craft, it is called Lampworking.
Mark and Jodi Henry have a wonderful website/business called Beadworx.com. We don't know them personally, but one of their many pages is a great Lampwork Bead primer and thus a good pictorial example of the process! Great work guys.

You are strongly discouraged from running out, buying gear, and then launching into Lampworking. The Beadworx webpage makes it look like you could simply follow their instructions, but it is tremendously dangerous if done without training.