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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hot Glass Beads 8.7.13

Did you know that ALL glass beads are hot glass beads??? That's because they are created in a flame or a "lamp" - which is also why they are referred to as  lampwork beads!

One of the most popular types of glass beads are known as eye beads. These can be as simple as a base color covered in raised dots or... they can also be very realistic looking. Our sponsor and eternal cheerleader, Janel Dudley specializes in the realistic kind. She even makes murrini to help other glassers make fantastic eyes of their own! One of the most important things to look for in an eye bead is... ODD numbers! Lore from the Middle East refers to the third eye (often drawn mid-forehead) as intuition.  For this reason, it is considered good luck to have an odd number of eyes... and bad luck if they are even in number. Janel often makes hers in odd numbers (she also has some of even number for Americans who don't get the lore but like things "even.")

Check out this Evil Eye Focal with three sides:


  1. I LOVE Janel's lampwork glass eye beads! They are so cool (and a little scary...).

  2. Thank you so much for the feature!
    Thanks for the kind words, isinglass :)