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Links to the artists featured in our header photo: Kathryn Newman Glass Art|| Holly's Folly || Prima Donna Beads|| Polychrome Beads||

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SRA Glass Beads 7.31.13

Glass beads fanatics! Yes! You ARE in the right place! Home of the best artisan lampwork beads on the web!

Today we are featuring a gorgeous purple glass bead set by Debbie Altman of All My Beads. Isn't it lush???

ARTISAN NOTE: Are you getting your Halloween beads ready to share??? Spooky Saturday is in three days!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Glass Beads 7.30.13

Welcome Glass bead fans and lampwork jewelry lovers! Come on in and shop around! If you are an artist, come on in and share!

Today's featured glass bead set is rich in details and are from Carey O'Halloran of CLO Beads.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lampwork Glass Bead Set 7.29.13

Hey there lampwork lovers! Can you believe it's the last Monday in July?? It's almost time to start thinking about fall jewelry... not quite. But you WILL want to check in here on this Saturday for a spooky treat!

Weren't all those spacer beads just fantastic yesterday??? This glass bead set from Janel Dudley Beads got lots of hits! We hope you'll scroll down and vote for your faves from the last few days!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Glass Bead Spacers Space Out Sunday 7.28.13

Sundays is a perfect day to "space out" and just relax and of course we want you to relax with us on your favorite glass bead blog!

We are always researching and trying to bring you, our dear readers, more of what you want and...it turns out many of you are looking for glass spacer beads! So that seemed like the perfect theme to structure Space Our Sunday around! So all artisans will be posting sets that feature spacers!

We thought it would be the perfect time to get to know some of the artists as well and our first guinea pig featured artisan is Cindy Haberman of Cindy Lynne Glass Designs. Since we're celebrating spacer beads, let's take a look at some of Cindy's:

What do you make? What or you known for? Focals mostly -  I have a short attention span. I'm not sure I'm really known for them but those who know my work know I make Glass Balloon animals (dogs):

Do you ever space out at the torch? What do you think about / listen to / watch? I try to be focused on what I'm doing (dangerous work happening here) let's not forget my short attention span though. I listen to music and sing while I work.

What was the Worst burn / cut you ever got??? How did it happen, where was it? My first and worst burn was when I was still new to lampworking ( I learned a valuable lesson!) Never turn your mandrel parallel to the flame to check for roundness, thus sticking the tip of your middle finger in the flame.

What was the hardest skill for you to learn? How did you over come? Any tips to share?  Well as any lampworker will tell you, they are constantly learning. Not burning off dichroic took a few times to learn, but I think I have actually kind of mastered it pretty well. Place the glass dichroic side away from the flame between the flame and the bead and slowly melt it onto your bead.

Dichroic Focal. More of Cindy's Dichroic Focals

What is YOUR favorite jewelry to wear? Being the wife of a jewelry store owner, I of course like to wear gold and diamonds! But, I do enjoy wearing a single focal bead on a silver or gold chain.

Thanks for spacing out with us today Cindy! Cindy's shop is on Etsy - Cindy Lynne Glass

And now...for some fabulous glass bead spacers! Take it away glass bead artists!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fun Glass Beads 7.27.13

Hey there! You there!!! We're so happy you stopped by to visit today and that you give a hoot about artisan glass beads! Tee hee! Just having a little fun today because our featured glass bead set is a pack of owls from  Doris Stump of Glaszwerg. Aren't they adorable??

Artisans: Don't forget! Tomorrow is Space Out Sunday... spacer beads galore! And our first Spooky Saturday is in ONE week.

On to our show:

Friday, July 26, 2013

SRA Lampwork Beads 7.26.13

Whooo Hooo! It's Friday! But still time to scope out some of our favorite self representing artist glass beads!

If you are one of our artisans, we hope you will check in for Space Out Sunday... spacer beads galore! And our first Spooky Saturday is the following week. Yes, I know it's hot out but... we have to think ahead with our jewelry designs! 

Today's featured glass bead set is from Bob Hoffmeyer.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Art Glass Beads 7.25.13

Hello there Lampwork Beads fans! Welcome to the most totally awesome glass bead show on the web!

For our artists... some upcoming important dates: 7/28 is the first Space Out Sunday, featuring glass spacer beads and 8/3 is our first Spooky Saturday, featuring Halloween and Fall themed beads!

Our featured glass bead is a gorgeous giraffe print heart from of . 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hot Glass Beads 7.24.13

You know, it's not easy working at a torch making hot glass beads, especially when it's scorching hot outside! But we do it to keep bringing you the most unique beads on earth!

Artisan reminder: Space Out Sunday is coming! This Sunday, all listing must feature glass spacer beads. And... our first Spooky Saturday is August 3rd!!! 

Today's featured organic focal is a stunner from Donna of Prima Donna Beads.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lampwork Glass Beads 7.23.13

Welcome lampwork glass bead lovers! Today we are featuring a love set of nuggets that would make the perfect pair of summer earrings! The amethyst and green are just so nice together! These are available from Glass Dreams Hawaii's Etsy shop.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Glass Beads as Functional Art 7.22.13

The work of our glass bead artisans never ceases to amaze! Artisans who feel the call of the flame often make many things besides beads. Paperweights, pipes and marbles are often common. And then there are those that are are not content to make gorgeous jewelry from glass beads. Check out what Debbie Altman of All My Beads has been up to. She has shared her gorgeous glass bellflower bouquets here many times but now she's made them into a stunning topiary! While Debbie is not parting with this one, she does make a variety of bellflowers and other floral beads in her Etsy shop.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Handmade Lampwork 7.21.13

The beauty of artisan made glass beads is not just in the superior quality but in the myriad of shapes the glass artist dreams up.

Caribbean Reef from Anastasia Beads is a perfect example! Her fish, coral and starfish are just a wonder to behold! This set is available on ebay.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Glass Beads Lampwork 7.20.13

Hello Glass Bead fans! We're so glad you popped in during your busy summer weekend! We've got a lovely glass bead focal to show off today from our friend Dan-El's Glassworks

Be sure to scroll down and vote for your favorites from earlier in the week!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Glass Beads 7.19.13

Well Whoo HOOOooo! It's FRIDAY! And the middle of July! We hope you glass bead lovers are up to something fabulous this weekend, even if it's just staying home and hugging your air conditioner!We do hope you will pop in and visit us over the weekend as the glass bead show rolls on!

Our featured artist today is Lisa Dean of Glass Galore. Her beautiful glass bead set Firestorm is available on ebay.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

SRA Glass Beads July 18, 2013

Fans and friends, we are so happy to announce our first special post dedicated to glass spacer beads will be July 28th. If you are one of our artisans, be sure to check our Events page to see how you can be featured on one of these posts!

Glass Spacer Beads can come in all sizes and numbers and be plain or fancy. Even earring pairs can be purchased and used as spacers in larger pieces! Check out this lovely set of stacked dots earring pair from Cherie of Happy Skull - the colors are so rich!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lampwork Glass Beads July 17, 2013

Lampwork Lovers, welcome to the best glass bead blog on the web! I know it's hot as Hades out there right now but... it IS already time to think of fall jewelry designs! We are planning to show off all kinds of fall and Halloween glass beads starting next month! But how about some gorgeous glass leaves to wet your whistle til then?

This set of Spring Leaves is from Tina Beachy of Silver Reflection:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art Glass Beads July 16, 2013

Did you lampwork lovers enjoy all the blue glass beads yesterday? We sure enjoy making them and showing them off to you!Be sure to scroll down and vote for your faves!!!

We're going to feature the work of Kim Neely from Bluff Road Glass. Kim is an amazing talent and right now, all of her excellent glass bead tutorials are on sale! Her Ether set below is one of the most amazing set of blue glass beads!

Monday, July 15, 2013

BLUE Glass Beads MONDAY July 15, 2013

Hello Glass Bead fans! It's that time again! Today we celebrate the most popular color of lampwork glass beads... BLUE!

To get us off to a fantastic blue start, we have a gorgeous set of three sided disk beads laden with murrini from Aimee at Polychrome Lampwork.

QUICK ARTIST REMINDER... We have lots of special dates coming up! Be sure to check our Events Page or check in over at LE!! Get your spacer beads and Halloween beads ready! 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lampwork Art Glass July14, 2013

Lampwork Lovers, have you ever landed in the right place! Come on in and see our gorgeous glass beads!

Artisan reminder: Tomorrow is BLUE MONDAY! Tell your friends and let's make this the biggest, bestest blue glass beads Monday ever! And... check our Events Page... Lot's of special dates coming up soon!!!

Since tomorrow is Blue Monday, you know we have to feature a pretty blue bead just to tease you a little, right? Today's featured bead is a slice of Blue Berry Pie from our sponsor, Mallory of Rosebud 101. Isn't it just delicious???

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Glass Beads and Lampwork Jewelry July13, 2013

Most folks who purchase the gorgeous glass beads you see here make lampwork jewelry.But we know there are those glass bead fans out there that don't have a clue how to make jewelry or they just don't have the time. So we like to feature a finished piece around here from time to time.

Have you noticed that skulls seem to be EVERYWHERE lately. There were three in line at the airport last week and two spotted in the bank! And there's been a couple posted here in the past week...making it kinda hard to choose ONE! So why bother??? Let's see BOTH! (It's Saturday...let's splurge!)

Our first one is from our longtime supporter and sponsor, Cindy Lynne Designs and she's used different murrini and wire wrapped her "Goofy Skull Pendant." And the second is on a skeleton key (you gotta love the play on words!)  and is from Elizabeth Beads.

We will be featuring lots of Halloween Glass Beads beginning in August... So artisans, get ready!!! And don't forget this Monday is BLUE MONDAY!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hot Glass Beads and Studio Buttons July 12, 2013

Welcome Glass Bead Lovers. Quick reminder for our artists... BLUE MONDAY is coming up and check our Events Page for a way for YOU to be featured!

We are featuring a glass studio button today. Isn't this Cupcake Button by by Suzanne from Fragiacomo Glass Art so sweet???

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Glass Beads July 11, 2013

Just a few quick announcements for our artists today! Please check the updated events page... new event in the works and... BLUE MONDAY comes early this month! Next Monday July 15 is the 3rd Monday! Get those blue beads ready! This month is zooming by!

Have your regular glass bead lovers been noticing the stunning hearts from Stephanie of Beads by Stephanie? She's been posting them with flowers inside but the Hearts on Fire have us drooling! Good job Steph!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Glass Beads Lampwork July 10, 2013

It's always fun to see what elements our artists use in their Glass Beads... colorful frits and stringers, dichroic, pure metallic leaf and foils, sparkling aventurine and even murrini. Glass murrini is created when an artist draws a picture with lots of glass in a very large cane which is super heated and pulled very thin. Once cool it's cut into chips for application in a glass bead! Neat huh!

Yesterday, we had an Jolene from Kitzbitz Art Beads share this cool Hermit Crab Murrini. She sells murrini under the name Frit n Chips.

Monday, July 8, 2013

SRA Lampwork Beads July 8, 2013

Can you believe we're well into July already! This Glass Bead fan blog debuted exactly three months ago today! All of the artists who participate are so grateful for YOUR support! Thank you for your visits and tweets and purchases!!!

Today's featured bead is another stunning focal! Sunset Circles 2 is from Stone Designs by Shelia.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Glass Beads July 6, 2013

Summer's here and things are hot hot hot... well, things are always hot in a hot glass shop! Thanks for stopping by to check out all the glass bead beauties!

Today's focal is another stunner! Check out Monet Afternoon by Nina Eagle:

Friday, July 5, 2013

Lampwork Beads July 5, 2013

Lampwork Lovers, our glass bead show rolls on! Hope you're enjoying a long holiday weekend! But we're so happy you popped in for new glass bead eye candy!

Today's featured bead is from Rosemarie of Spawn of Flame. Her pink and ivory glass bead pair is perfect for earrings!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Handmade Lampwork Beads July 2, 2013

Glass Bead fans, it's that time again... we have to say goodbye to our header artists.

Madeline, Heather, Helen, Angie and Holly: Thanks for sharing your beads and making our header so colorful.  Shop links:
Madeline Bunyan || Heather Beherendt || Helen Vanek Design || Bead Addicts || Holly's Folly ~ Glass ||

Reminder: July 4th is Red White and / or Blue Glass beads!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lampwork Art Glass July 1, 2013

Howdy Hot Glass lovers! It's a Monday, a new month and summer is humming along! Wouldn't these Blue Murrini Pillow Beads from Donna of Prima Donna Beads make the most perfect summer bracelet???

Artisan Reminder... Show your red, white and / or blue beads off on the 4th of July. Any combination of those colors is fine!