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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Glass Beads 12.31.13

Quick reminder to our glass bead artists: New Year's day is another LOVE post. Share your hearts, red and pinks!

Today's feature is a lovely boro set of glass beads from Sonja of Silver River Glass Works. Check out "I've Seen Fire in the Sky:"

Monday, December 30, 2013

Artisan Lampwork 12.30.13

Hello Glass Bead fans... Just a quick announcement to our artists and we'll be off with our show!

Artist reminder: January 1 is another LOVE post! Please share hearts or red / pink lampwork!!!

Today's feature is a glass bead focal from Nina Eagle.  Check out Cellular Sunset:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lampwork Art Glass Beads 12.27.13

The holidays may be drawing to a close...which only means there is time to focus on what's really important in the coming year. Friends, family, work and LAMPWORK BEADS! ;-)

Our feature today is from Aimee of Polychrome Beads. This glass bead set is called Fireworks and can be found on ebay.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Glass Beads Lampwork 12.26.13

We hope all you glass bead lovers had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed our LOVE bead show yesterday. If you didn't have a chance to pop in, take a moment and scroll down and see what you missed! And be sure to vote for your faves!

Today's feature is a dragonfly focal from

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Glass Bead LOVE 12.25.13

Welcome lampwork bead fans. Today is a day of LOVE so naturally, we thought it would be the perfect tim to start a series of posts featuring HEART shaped beads.

Today's feature is big hole bead or European style charm bead in the shape of a heart. It was made by Darlene of LTD Artglass.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve Glass Beads 12.24.13

A warm welcome to you glass bead fans out there and little wish for peace on earth. We want to thank all of you for your support of handmade artisan lampwork!

Our feature today is a composite of some of the beautiful winter glass beads we've seen over the past few weeks!
From L-R, Top to Bottom: Amy Sims Sleeping Santa Lampwork Necklace | Stone Designs by Sheila Peppermint Glass Bead Pair | Elizabeth Beads Red and Green Christmas Focal | Holly's Folly XL Glass Bead Santa | Pumpkin Hill Beads Jolly Ole Santa BHB | Corner Store Goddess Penguin Santa Earrings | Kandice Seeber Christmas Flower Trio

Monday, December 23, 2013

Made to Order Glass Beads 12.23.13

Welcome lampwork fans. You've landed in the home of quality artisan glass beads made by artisans all over the world. And did you know that many glass bead artists will offer Made to Order Glass Beads??? It's true! If you see a sold set by your favorite artist, just ask! You may be surprised!

Our feature today is a made to order glass bead set by Amber from NaOs Glass. Check out Codex:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Glass Bead Spacers Space Out Sunday 12.22.13

Welcome to this month's Glass Spacer Bead extravaganza! All artisans will be posting pics that feature lampwork spacers today!

Your hostess is taking the plunge today as none of our other artists will fill out the questionnaire to be featured!  Before we get into our interview with Holly of Holly's Folly ~ Glass, let's take a look at some spacers:

What do you make? What or you known for?  I have no idea... I make what makes me happy at any given point in time. Sometimes it's  sculptural because I feel I need a challenge. It's almost always big. I adore big beads. Sometimes it's whimsical. Often I feel driven by a color combo. My first lampwork idol was Lezlie Belanger. She does whimsy and organic and I think that's why I adore her... who wants to be limited by a style? The down side is I'm not so predictable and it's harder to build a following of loyal customers. Mostly I would describe myself as having a confused muse... which makes sense for a Pisces child!

If there is one bead that means the most to me to make, it's the memorial bead or a memory bead. I'm really just a big sap of emotion and beads that mean something to a customer's heart really tug at me.
"Wardena" - Memorial Bead

Do you ever space out at the torch? What do you think about / listen to / watch? HECK YES! I'm always amazed at how delicately our artists answer this question! But, my goodness!! We're WAITING for glass to melt... it's not the most exciting thing in the world. I find myself daydreaming in the flame! I sing...loudly and poorly to 80s and 90s upbeat stuff. I "chair dance." I've studied Tahitian dance a bit an I do my amis and side to sides in the chair... it relieves back tension. Rear and ab squeezes also break up the monotony.
Breast cancer goddesses custom made in memory of my sister.

What was the Worst burn / cut you ever got??? How did it happen, where was it? Special treatment??? I got a "two-fer" in my arm pit! I had been heating a rod, realized I had some gold ink on the heated end, turned it around and then needed a free hand to adjust something on the bead in the flame, so I stuck the hot rod under my arm! Two burns for the price of one!

I get a script for Silvadene (Silver sulfadiazine) cream every year from my doc...just in case. That stuff soothes a burn like nothing I've ever tried! It's a must for glassers!
Summertime Friends shown as a simple pendant or with a statement tassel. 

What was the hardest skill for you to learn how did you over come? Any tips to share? The long skinny bead. I always liked big beads but...they can get too heavy to wear!  Understanding marvering on two sides at once and working the ends really helped... and heat control.  The other skill I'm working on is stringer... I so wish I could get hair thin stringer to listen to me!
What is YOUR favorite jewelry to wear? It depends on the occasion. If it's some function I have to dress up for, I will wear one of my elaborate pieces. I like my fancy jewelry to "do stuff." A simple pendant will have a longer piece with more flourish that attaches to it. My kumihimo will have a glass focal that detaches so you can change the look.

For just around the neighborhood, I just love  simple heart bead on a rubber necklace.

Holly's Links: Website  ||  Etsy  || Fan Page  ||  Bead Blog

Saturday, December 21, 2013

SRA Lampwork 12.21.13

Lampwork Lovers! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your day with us during this busy holiday season!

Artisans: Tomorrow we will be sharing spacers an on Christmas day, HEARTS! Please check the thread on LE to find out how to pre-load your post!!

Our feature today is an amazing whimsical set of glass beads created by Ingrid from Bruntie's Beads. "Cativity" is a Nativity scene made from glass bead cats! What fun for the holidays!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Art Glass Beads 12.20.13

Welcome glass beads fans! Just a quick announcement for our artisans and we'll be on our way.

: Sunday is Spacer Out Sunday - Spacer Beads. Christmas day will be our first LOVE post. Please share a heart OR check in on LE to find out how to share and get the day off!!

Today's feature is a beautiful glass bead set featuring tiger stripes on a square disk shape by Heather of Heather Behrendt Glass:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lampwork Glass Bead Sets 12.19.13

The holiday season has everyone so busy but we've got glass beads to share every single day!

Today's feature is a beadutiful set of ribbed lampwork beads from Michael and Brad a/k/a The Flaming Fools.  Check out Feeling Groovy:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Blue Glass Beads Monday 12.16.13

Hello Glass bead fans!!! Today is the one day a month we celebrate the most popular color of glass beads: BLUE! So sit back with a warm beverage and enjoy our show!

Today's blue glass bead feature is a beautiful lampwork focal with metallic detail from our sponsor Julie of AutEv Designs.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hot Glass Beads 12.15.13

Hello Glass Bead Fans... Just a quick reminder to our artisans... Tomorrow is BLUE Monday! Get those BLUE glass beads ready to go!

Our feature today is an incredible sculpted skull bead from Kristin and Julio of Redside Designs

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Glass Bead 12.9.13

Welcome Glass Bead Fans!We've got your daily eye candy!!

Today's feature is from Janel of Janel Dudley Beads. Check out the amazing color in this Big Hole Bead / BHB for Pandora, Troll, Links of London, etc!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Glass Beads Lampwork Jewelry 12.8.13

What a lovely Sunday in December...most of the States are chilly today...perfect to staying in! Why mess with the crowds when you can shop for glass beads online???

Our feature today is a wonderful lampwork necklace from Rita of Rita's Beadery n Jewelry.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Artisan Glass Beads 12.7.13

We here at Glass Beads Daily do hope you are taking a little time out during this busy season to relax and enjoy yourself! We are certainly happy you chose to spend a few minutes with us. Grab a cuppa of something warm, sit back and dream of glass!

Our feature today is from Nina Eagle. This dichroic blue glass bead necklace is just dreamy!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Holiday Glass Beads 12.6.13

The Winter Holidays are in full swing and we are requesting our artisans show off finished gifts of glass beads jewelry if at all possible!

Today's feature is a big hole European style  glass charm bead (such as Pandora / Troll / Links of London) that has holly and berries on it. This ready to wear piece was created by Maureen of Pumpkin Hill Beads.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Artisan Glass Beads 12.5.13

Welcome welcome! You've landed in the best glass bead blog on the web where we only have top quality lampwork beads properly made by artisans.

Today's feature is from Holly's Folly who is hosting her winter trunk show over on Facebook.

Artisans, PLEASE NOTE: Tomorrow is a special winter holiday post. Please post finished pieces if possible!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SRA Lampwork 12.4.13

Cyber Shopping Week rolls on. We're so glad you took a few minutes out of your busy day to check out the gorgeous glass beads and lampwork jewelry our artisans have to offer!

Our featured focal glass pendant today is from Jody at Elasia's Gifts. Check out Dojin:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Glass Beads Lampwork 12.3.13

Lots of folks are shopping on line for Cyber Shopping Week. But that's nothing new for glass bead and lampwork jewelry lovers... the best artisans are online! Remember during this busy shopping season that many of our artists can turn the beads into jewelry or a pendant for you... so don't hesitate to ask!

Our feature today is a beadutiful glass bead focal in holiday reds and green with a touch of sparkling goldstone and dicrhoic glass! It was created by Elizabeth Beads

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Lampwork Glass Beads 12.2.13

It Cyber Monday and our artisans all hope you will think of giving someone a gift of glass beads this holiday season! Artisans feel free to link to your Cyber Monday sales!!!

It's time to take one last look at last month's header:
Kandice, Heather, Jo, Doris and Maureen: Thank you all for gracing our cover with your amazing talent! You can find these talented folks at the links below.

Kandice Seeber || Heather Behrendt || Kitzbitz Art Beads || Glaswerg Tut for The Melting Point || Pumpkin Hill Beads- Maureen Henriques ||

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Orphan Glass Beads 12.1.13

Starting off the first of the month with a fabulous new header and a sad subject. Yes, folks it's come to our attention that there are way too many beads out there without homes for the holidays and so we must bring up the subject of orphan glass beads. You can do your part by giving a bead in need a good home today!

Our sponsor Julie over at AutEv Designs has a lovely and vibrant set of rainbow lampwork orphans in her glass bead shop .

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Whimsical Glass Beads 11.30.13

It's Small Business Saturday and we artisans that make lampwork glass beads want to thank you for supporting our small businesses!

Our featured glass bead today is a cute kitty in green from Sonja of Silver River Glass Works Trunk Show.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter Holiday Glass Beads 11.29.143

It's Black Friday and so many are searching for deals for Christmas. We hope you will think of our artisans who make the most gorgeous handcrafted glass beads for your holiday needs.

Everyone needs a guardian angel this time of year...why not a glass one. Check out these beauties from Doris over at Glaszwerg

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Lampwork Glass Beads 11.28.13

It may sound silly to be thankful for glass beads but... I am so grateful for all the wonderful artists and amazing friends this medium has brought into my life! Not to mention all the beautiful beads!

Check out this rich set from our sponsor Kandice Seeber. Kandice and her friend Kimberly have a website for their amazing lampwork tutorials as well as links to all the color testing they've done over the years called Color Addition. If you make beads, you really should check it out!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Glass Beads Functional Art 11.27.13

As we quickly approach the gift giving season, I thought we could show off an excellent idea for creating functional art from Glass Beads.

Laurie from Isinglass Design has made Christmas Ornaments from Glass Beads in the photo below. But, you could use lampwork in anything...from a fan pull to a window decoration to a tassel ! What a great way to put your glass bead stash to work!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lampwork Glass Beads 11.25.13

Big holiday week here in the States. But we still have to think about all those holiday gifts and all the beading to get done! If you are in the need of glass beads, you are in the right place!

Here's a great bead for a necklace. Check out Redside Designs Opal Ruby Glass Bead Bone.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Glass Spacer Beads 11.24.13

Welcome to this month's Glass Spacer Bead extravaganza! All artisans will be posting pics that feature lampwork spacers today!

But before we get to our show, we're going to hang out and talk glass beads with artist Donna Conklin of Prima Donna Beads and instructor / owner of The Mandrel. As this post is all about lampwork spacers, let's take a look at some of Donna's:

Glass Beads Spacers by Donna Conklin

What do you make? What or you known for?
I make glass beads, and sometimes jewelry using my glass beads. I’m not sure that I am known for anything but I have been told that I definitely have a style. I’ve had people tell me they *know* my beads when they see them.

Do you ever space out at the torch? What do you think about / listen to / watch?
I try not to space out at the torch. I listen to my music player, I change up the play list a lot. Nothing specific… I like Pandora radio too. It’s how I learn about new-to-me music.

What was the Worst burn / cut you ever got??? How did it happen, where was it? Special treatment???
I gave myself a couple of nice 3rd degree burns, two in one year on the exact same spot on the back of my hand just above the knuckle near my index finger. The first time because I wasn’t aware of the radiant heat from the torch and the second was because I was torching when I was too tired and stuck the back of my hand in the flame. Both times I took care of it with ice and a triple antibiotic. I did go to the ER the second time but there were so many sick people in there, I was more afraid of what I might catch than actually dealing with the burn on my own.

What was the hardest skill for you to learn how did you overcome? Any tips to share?
Keeping long beads from cracking is still something I am learning. I have to remind myself every minute or so to give it insurance heat. One tip is, if you think you’ve waited too long you probably have. Give the torch a nice bushy flame and bring the bead to the tip and heat it up slowly while rotating, just like you would a shocky rod of 104.

My favorite things to wear are what I call my AGI beads or Aquarelle beads… My favorite piece right now is a wire wrapped necklace that I made a couple weeks ago… 5’9” long and over 4oz

You can find Donna at Prima Donna Beads. She has an Etsy shop as well and a Fan Page. If you are interested lampworking, check out The Mandrel or the Mandrel Fan Page.

Donna, thanks so much for hanging out with us on Space Out Sunday!

On to our spacer bead show: