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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||

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:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Glass Beads for Jewelry 11.21.13

One of the best things about using glass beads in jewelry designs is the seemingly endless choices of sizes, shapes and colors of artisan lampwork.

Of all those beads, one of the easiest "instant jewelry" beads out there is the cabochon. A cab is a bead that has no hole and in glass, it has a flat back. You can spend hours creating a wire wrapped bail or...use one of the fantastic glue on bails and wear your jewelry in minutes!

Our feature today is a trio of glass cabochons from Cherie of Happy Skull

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Handmade Lampwork 11.20.13

Artisans, only TWO more days until our next holiday bead extravaganza!! Get those holiday beads ready!!!  And this Sunday will be Space Out Sunday!!!

Our handmade lampwork feature today is a focal bead from Aimee of Polychrome Beads. Check out this pic showing off all four sides:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

European Charm Glass Beads 11.19.13

Glass beads for European style bracelets such as Troll, Pandora, Links of London, Dione have actually provided a nice market for true glass bead artisan and their endless creativity! Who wants a commercial bead (probably made in China / not cleaned and likely to break) when you can have a unique piece???

Today's featured lampwork bead is a Penguin made for just such a bracelet. Icebox the Penguin was made by Maureen of Pumpkin Hill Beads.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lampwork Glass Beads 11.17.13

Artisans... TOMORROW is Blue Monday... get those BLUE glass beads ready for the most popular color day!!

Our feature today is from our sponsor Suzanne of Fragiacomo Glass Art a/k/a Glassymom on Etsy. Check out her blue glass headpins:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Art Glass Beads 11.16.13

Glass Bead fans...are you kicking back on a fine fall Saturday and starting to think about all the things you need to make for the holidays??? Well, we can help... Our artisans make gorgeous handmade artisan glass beads and many make jewelry too!

Today's featured lampwork bead is from Nina Eagle. Check out Zebra Through Binoculars:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Handmade Glass Beads - 11.15.13

Glass Bead Artisans: BLUE MONDAY is next week!

Let's get right into our show today with a set from another of our sponsors. Kandice Seeber is renown for her fantastic layers of color in her highly detailed beads. Check out this holiday glass bead set from her called Red Queen Sampler:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Artisan Glass Beads 11.14.13

Hello Lampwork fans! We've had a blast of cold air here in the States making everyone think of warmer jewel tones in our glass beads and lampwork jewelry.

Our feature today is a perfect example. Check out this glass bead focal called Incantation from Flaming Fools, Michael and Brad:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Artisan Lampwork Glass Beads 11.13.13

Glass Bead fans, welcome to the best lampwork show on the web!

Today, we're featuring the work of one of our new sponsors. These beautiful glass bead earrings are made by Amy from Amy Sims Designs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Glass Beads 11.12.13

Well that's a magical number up there, isn't it??? So we must show off some magical glass beads today, right?

Today's feature is certainly that. Nomad Relics is a glass bead set from Judith Billig:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lampwork Jewelry 11.11.13

A new week is here and the holidays will soon be here!  Time to look at some gorgeous lampwork jewelry!

Today's feature is a wire wrapped glass pendant from  Viktorija of  Viv Art Studios in Lithuania! Glass Beads Daily is thrilled to help glass bead lovers connect with true artisans around the world!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lampwork Beads of Glass 11.10.13

Happy Sunday Glass Beads fans! Time to kick back and be grateful for all the beauty in the world. We'll do our part by showing off some beadutiful lampwork!

Today's feature is an inspiring glass bead set from Carey of CLO Beads. Take a moment and read her post on color inspiration! You'll be glad you did!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Glass Beads 11.09.13

Wasn't yesterdays holiday glass beads show gorgeous!! I do hope you'll take a moment and scroll down and vote for your faves from the past few days! Artisans with top votes and clicks end up in our header!

Today's feature is a rich metallic lampwork focal in shades of green and gold from our sponsor, Julie of AutEv Designs.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Winter Holiday Glass Beads 11.8.13

Welcome to our Winter Holiday Glass Bead Extravaganza! Our artisans will be posting winter themed beads from all the upcoming holidays from Thanksgiving on OR just great gift ideas featuring glass for the holiday season.
Our feature today is a gorgeous turkey pendant from Cynthia Tilker of Glassactcc. The stringer work in this guy is awesome! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glass Beads 11.07.13

Fans and artisans, tomorrow is one of our winter holiday lampwork posts, but we're so excited, we're jumping the gun a little! Have you noticed some of our artisans have been showing holiday glass beads already??? We sure have...

Our feature today is a focal from of  called  It certain lends to the holiday feel, don't you think?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lampwork Glass Beads 11.06.13

Glass Bead Artisans... Reminder - We have a holiday bead post on the 8th / Friday.

Today's feature is a pendant glass bead Skeleton Key in shades of Turquoise Blue and Caramel Sand. Check out "In The Desert" from Elizabeth Beads:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Glass Beads 11.05.13

Welcome Glass Bead Fans... You know, there are more and more cheap glass beads out on the marketplace every day. Beads that made in factories, are not properly cooled or cleaned and you know what??? They make for crappy jewelry. Remember, you do get what you pay for in quality glass beads. Always look for artisan made or the term sra when shopping. Or you can always check in here for true artisan made glass beads!

Today's feature is a floral lampwork set called "Cool Breeze" by Madeline Bunyan.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lampwork Art Glass 11.2.13

Hello Lampwork Lovers! It's time to take a look back at last month's header artists. Daniela, Nohline, Sheila, Elizabeth and Holly, Thanks for sharing your work with us:

Dan-Ell's Glassworks || Nohline LEcuyer ||Stone Designs by Shelia || Elizabeth Beads || Holly's Folly