Posted by: winstondoull | April 22, 2009

Bead making with the Volcano

     The title is a bit “not to understand ” so here is a short video of making glass beads in the volcano oven. Because the flame is turning around in the oven the wall get very hot and radiate the heat back . the glass gets heated from all sides and from the fire 1200°C  The melting of the glass rods is quick and the flame burns very cleanly in the hot oven. Making the glass colours bright.

Enjoy the show

I hope to be doing more short demo on glass beads, this was the first video, so there is much to learn.

Posted by: winstondoull | April 16, 2009

Casting lead H forms many years ago.

           Back then things were different a lot different . Going to the store and ordering lead camb  at any size was not a possibility . You could buy old lead piping by the Kg at very good price. So the first step was to melt it down and cast the hot lead into a mold . It cooled fast and the lead removed  and the process repeated. Later these castings were drawn through a mill to make them thiner and easy to work. So yesterday while looking for some old papers from my time in Israel I found this very old photo. I was transported back to the past and a happy time it was. (Did not find the old papers yet) No matter for now.

Just to share this old photo. Thanks to Amnon and Robyn.  We had to finish the casting before the basket ball was on TV. Israel beat Russia that year. Made the memory even sweeter.bootleg

Posted by: winstondoull | March 31, 2009

My first Annealing kiln .



                                                           BEAD ANNEALER              

Bead annealing and the need for a simple inexpensive kiln has led me to develop this kiln. The first type was made from a “cookie tin” in 2001 .     This kiln is still working today . The experience gained from working with it led to the construction of the Bead Annealer BA 1. After teaming up with Bjorn Nyström from Sweden we started to put our skills together and came up with the  BA 1 and the Hot Pot for melting small amounts of glass, app. 3kg .

                Working with the kilns and seeing the different functions in action keeps the development of the techniques and kilns.






Light weight  4,2 Kg.                                                                                            

. Outer size  37 x 20 x 22 cm.                                                                           

The fore runner of the BA 1.





imgp32403BA 1 is light weight 8,5  Kg 

 Outer size   35 x 25 x 35     cm.



Now the BA 1 is fitted with a very simple to use controller, which has 9 programs. 

Make with the “door step” which keeps the newly made hot bead in the air while it cools down to the set annealing temperature.

The programs can be preset to fit the type of work you are doing. 

Switch on and choose the program and let it “run”. It can warm up very fast and hold the temp. you want for hours and then slowly come down in temperature and switch to show that the program is complete. (CPLt)

             BA 1 is light weight 8,5 Kg Outer size   35 x 25 x 35 cm. Good to see the way the kiln looks now.

With its simple program set up , it is not long before  you are enjoying the beads you have made and there are no more problems with breakage due to bad annealing.


Posted by: winstondoull | March 9, 2009

Small glass blowing studio

There are three “ovens” required for this set up.

Kiln for melting glass,   Pot size 3,5Kg glass and full controlled with a programer. Melting the glass in the night and ready to work in the morning.

Grotto. (glory-hole two burners) Gas fired and regulated with the gas pressure. 

An annealing oven. This kiln is small and max hight 10-cm glass object. In fact you could use any kiln that will reach 520°C. i.e.. fusing kiln.

         With these kilns and a few glass blowing tools, (as seen in the pic.) You are close to doing your first glass objects. If you have had some training in glass blowing. With out the “feel” for the glass and no one to guide you. Do not start many things are be understood , before you think of working with hot glass. It is not bead making. But not far away and a good step in the correct direction .

    So stepping on from bead making, but still in the bead making technique ,we come to small paper weights. You are still supporting the glass on the iron pipe, yet moving the glass off the end of the pipe.imgp3633


Grotto in action

Grotto in action

Here is the melting kiln, showing

  the pot and the glass on the

end of the pipe.

        Grotto used to re heat the glass.



imgp2935A small  p1000820vase.


                           Bottom right                      Glass been removed from the pot.

Posted by: winstondoull | January 15, 2009

Restoration of leaded glass windows

Stained glass windows should be repaired as soon as you notice that they start to sag or have broken glass pieces. The older they are other signs of age show up. The lead and the joints show small cracks and if iron rods were used they have rusted and the binding has become loose. The glass rattles in the frame . When it comes to this stage you have the chance to save it or loose it, and a piece of the history of the building.


Old windows are removed from the hard putty and the window can be repaired or the lead replaced with new. At this point the glass can be cleaned, reset in the new lead and cemented up and finally polished so that the glass shines in the dark gray lead.
Now the glass window can be mounted in the frame.

I offer you:
New stained glass works costume made
Repair and Restoration of stained glass windows

The photos you see on my web site are all made by myself.
If you are in need of advice about your leaded windows, I can be contacted at Tel. 02129-373850
I have worked with stained glass for over 40 years.

Removing the old lead

Removing the old lead

This window was once in a chapel by a grave yard. The chapel was

taken down many years ago and the window was laying in a garden.

The glass frame needed to me remade, some small glass pieces were missing . These were redone and leaded in.

Later the window was kited . The lead and glass were polished with this process

The window is now hanging in the house , in front of the glass window

Posted by: winstondoull | January 14, 2009


Introduction to the Volcano

I designed the Volcano in May of 1997 to overcome certain disadvantages of conventional bead making procedures. This oven reduces the discoloring effect that propane gas causes on most glass. Heat is radiated from the Volcanos walls, causing the glass to heat from all sides, not just within the flame. The result is a quicker melt and a recycling of heat. It is very economical to run because the energy is used and converted to infrared heat. Although you are working inside the oven, your working area is larger than with an open flame system. The heat radiated inside the Volcano is higher and maintains 1000C within a radius of 2cm from the flame. I have also found the Volcano very useful in making stringers for both fusing and bead making.

NEWVolcano USA
The Volcano USA is a fast melting kiln. The new burner can be adjusted with the regulator on the burner itself. Short flame with a hotter temperature than before and cleaner burning due to the Swirl Flame.
The burner head is set up as shown with the head about 2 cm from the port. The flame is short so there is not much to see. It helps if you have experience with the earlier Volcano.
The” hot spot” where to melt the glass is big and in this area you must test with the glass rod where the working area is. Any changes in gas pressure will cause changes in the working areas.
I work off a 5 kg Propane tank with a regulator set for 1,5 bar. The tube is fitted to the burner regulator valve. This is where all the adjustments are done. I do not have it fully open but near to full. Too low a setting will cause reduction fire.

The Volcano Starter Set:  Consists of the volcano ,burner ,tube, Regulator. This is the fire and heat sourse for the oven. ( Propane Gas to be used) not provided!  The hand tools are: Tweezers, masher, rake, graphit padle, 10x 2mm rods and 10x 3mm rods.  Stand for glass rods , App. 5 meters glass colours. 250gr. Smooth Bead and a bag of vermikulit. That compleats the set..

The new Volcano USA in the Starter Set

Posted by: winstondoull | December 30, 2008

From Bead making to Glass Blowing

Winston Doull

  • 1947 born in Zimbabwe, son of a musician
  • 4 years education in telecommunication in South Africa
  • Lifesaving and surfing in Durban
  • 1971 Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro yacht race, Admirals Cup in GB on the Dutch yacht “Bolero”
  • via Portugal and Greece to Israel
  • 1971-77 trained in an artglass-workshop on a kibbutz in Israel, stained glass, fusing, slumping
  • 1977 -79 studied glass blowing at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem
  • 1979-1990 studio in the Arts and Crafts Lane in Hutzot Hayotzer, Jerusalem

Winston working with the Volcano

Working with other professionel artists, Winston developed skills and knowledge in arts and crafts working with different materials like leather, metals, ceramics, paint and mosaics. Whenever there was a problem with the execution of a project, there would be someone that had a solution.

That background has influenced the way Winston works with glass, hot and molten or cold and hard. He always finds a new way of treating and shaping the glass.

Throughout his life Winston met people that opened up new perspectives to his life.

One of the most important is his friend and mentor, the Israeli artist Motke Blum. A highlight in their relationship was the restoration of an antique mosaic during an archaeological dig outside the city walls of Jeruasalem.

Ghani Torso of Venice helped Winston to build his first glassmelting furnace.

Dani Verberne, teacher at Bezalel Art School and close friend taught him glassblowing and furnace building. He also introduced him to Lino Tagliapetra and Dale Chihuly.

In Malta Winston met Elio Quarisa from Murano who fascinates his viewers with the dance he performs with molten glass.

Living in Germany since 1990 Winston works in many different tecniques e.g. stained glass, fusing,slumping, casting, glassblowing, beadmaking .

He developes and manufactures tools and kilns to suit the different styles of work.

In 2003 Winston spent a few weeks in Malta helping Phoenician Glass Co. set up beadmaking and fusing departments.

As guest lecturer in 2004 at the School of Design at the Metropolitan College in Glasgow, Winston intrduced his latest invention, the Grotto Kiln.

He devotes much of his time sharing his knowledge and experience by running workshops and demos of glass beadmaking in Europe and USA.

Stained glass windows commissioned by synagogues in Israel, Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York were done in cooperation with J. Freiman, Israel.

Other commissions include stained glass and sculptures in public buildings and private homes in Israel, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.

Glass objects are permanently exhibited in galleries throughout Europe.

To day : Hot glass works .ie. bead making, glass blowing “small hot glass studio”



Grotto in action

Grotto in action

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