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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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???
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!)
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!
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!
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!!!