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Monday, March 31, 2014

Hot Glass Beads 3.31.14

Our Glass Bead artisans are always an inspiration to me and I know to many others. Their creativity just leaves us in awe! Take today's featured glass bead bracelet. Debbie of All My Beads designed her focal to go with the ceramic beads she had!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Glass Bead Sets 3.29.14

It's the first Saturday of spring! We're so glad you stopped by to share a bit of it with the glass bead artisans here!

Check out this wild glass bead set from Julie of Ugli Beads :

Friday, March 28, 2014

Art Glass Beads 3.28.14

Welcome Welcome! Let's get started on our Glass Bead Show! Today's feature is a luscious silvered ivory focal glass bead full of sparkling aventurine from Nina Eagle.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Glass Beads 3.27.14

Does anyone else find it odd that as we're celebrating spring here on the Glass Bead Blog, much of the country has had another cold snap??? OY! I think it's time to get a restraining order for winter! But it's not winter here... our artisans will be sharing beads that reflect what spring means to them: flowers, eggs, birds, bird houses, nests, or maybe special color combos. All the better for you to start  planning your lampwork  jewelry needs!

Today's feature is a lovely floral "bhb" or big hole glass bead for a Pandora, Troll, Links of London type bracelet. This one was made by our sponsor Amy Sims.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lamp Work Beads 3.26.14

Welcome to the most awesome lamp work glass beads show on the web! Let's see what our artisans have in store today!

Our feature is a rich, marbled, silvered turquoise lamp work bead set from Sonja of Silver River Glass:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blue Monday BLUE Glass Beads 3.24.14

Welcome glass bead fans! We hope you enjoyed yesterday's glass bead spacers! Please take a moment to scroll down and vote for your favorite shares from the past week!

But today, it's all about the most popular color of lampwork: blue! Our artisans will be sharing their blue creations today. Such as this amazing blue humpback whale glass bead pendant from Jill of Jilleglass.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Glass Bead Spacers - Space Out Sunday 3.23.14

We're so pleased to say Space Out Sunday is back on track for a few months at least! We're starting off with a bang with one of those artists that everyone admires - Kandice Seeber.

As we celebrate the humble and not so humble spacer bead, all artisans will be posting pics that feature lampwork spacers today!

But let's get to know Kandice a little better. First some of her spacer beads:

What do you make? What or you known for?
I think I'm most known for my use of color, and also because I work very small.  My beads are tiny and detailed, and I do a lot of florals and other feminine decoration. I mostly make small sets of round beads, but sometimes branch out to cubes, tabs and such. I'm also known for my pumpkin beads.

Do you ever space out at the torch? What do you think about / listen to / watch?
I'm pretty attentive at the torch - but I love to listen to music while I make beads.  I listen to Pandora, which plays a lot of alternative, electronica, or rock that I love.  A lot of the time, I will have the TV on in the background instead, with reruns of my favorite shows - Star Trek and other space-y things.

What was the Worst burn / cut you ever got??? How did it happen, where was it? Special treatment???
Luckily, I haven't had anything serious like that in the time I have been making beads - about 12 years.  I get the occasional small burn or cut, but nothing that is debilitating. Knock on wood!

What was the hardest skill for you to learn how did you overcome? Any tips to share?
I had the toughest time learning how to encase florals. It took me years before my florals weren't smeary, and before my encased beads weren't full of bubbles! I use good, expensive clear because I like the way it looks, and it doesn't scum or bubble. I use a small dental tool to push the glass around so I don't get bubbles. 

What is YOUR favorite jewelry to wear?
Strangely, I don't wear a lot of jewelry.  On special occasions, I will string a few beads on a leather cord and wear them on my neck, but most of the time, I don't wear jewelry.  I have fibromyalgia, which means that I am exceptionally sensitive to anything that touches me, so I don't even wear my wedding ring.  :)
I do have a spectacular necklace that my husband gave me for our anniversary - it's a chunky silver chain, with a pendant that was made by my friend Kim, and has one of her amazing seahorse beads attached to a silver heart.  I adore it.

You can find Kandice and her work here:
Main Website | Tutorial Website | Blog | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Pinterest

Saturday, March 22, 2014

SRA Glass Beads 3.22.14

Welcome! Just a quick announcement and our glass bead show will be underway. There was an error on the Events page - Blue Monday is actually this coming Monday 3/24. Please join us then as we celebrate and share the most popular color of glass beads.

Our feature today is a breath-taking big hole glass bead from Elizabeth from Betsy Beads.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lampwork Glass Beads 3.21.14

Whooo Hooo! Welcome to the first Friday of SPRING! Nothing like some nice weather to put everyone in a good mood! As always, luscious glass beads put us in a great mood around here! Check out these lovely purple glass bead headpins from Diane from Glass Dreams Hawaii.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beautiful Lampwork Beads 3.18.14

Welcome Glass bead fans! Yesterday's GREEN Glass bead show was awesome. Please take a moment to scroll down and vote for your faves!

Today's feature is a lovely extra large glass bead from our sponsor Julie of AutEv Designs.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky Green Glass Beads 3.17.14

Top o' the mornin' to ya! It's St. Patty's Day - the day where everyone is a little bit Irish or wishes they were. We're celebratin' today with GREEN GLASS BEADS! So come along and enjoy the show!

Today's feature fits the theme perfectly. It's called "Pot of Gold" and is a hollow lampwork pendant filled with gold glitter and has swirls of green on the outside. This was created by our sponsor Lezlie of Creek Bottom Glass.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hot Glass Beads 3.16.14

Welcome lovers of lampwork! Come along and see what fabulous glass beads our artisans have to share today. By the way, TOMORROW is our unofficial St. Paddy's Party... We'll be asking everyone to share some green!!!

Today's feature is a wonderful lampwork focal in my personal favorite shade of pink from Elizabeth Beads:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Handmade Glass Beads 3.15.14

Hello Glass Bead fans! Today's feature is a darling set showing off the blue bird of happiness! I think we're all a little happier now that winter is getting behind us! This glass bead set was created by Ema K Designs and is for sale on her fan page.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Themed Glass Beads 3.13.14

Spring is right around the corner! And that means some really beautiful Spring and Easter Themed Lampwork coming from our favorite bead makers! We are asking that our artisans share something "Springy" today: Birds, birdhouses, nests, bunnies, carrots, flowers, eggs, or even just a beautiful color combo that speaks to your heart....whatever spring means to you!

Today's feature is a beautiful floral glass bead focal from Kristan and Julio of Redside Designs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Art Glass Beads 3.12.14

Welcome fans of glass beads! We're going to be focusing on Spring themed glass beads with a special post tomorrow and several more throughout the spring (Check our Events page for details.)! I hope you will stop by. We're going to request our artisans show off what spring means to them, be it birds, bunnies, eggs, flowers or just a special color combo.

We're jumping the gun a little today with this fabulous sculpted floral lampwork bead set from Izzybeads.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Glass Bead Sets 3.11.14

Welcome Welcome fans of glass bead sets and focals and jewelry... you're all welcome to come and shop and share your work in glass beads. And unless it's a "special post" day... like a spacer bead Sunday or a Blue Monday... you are welcome to share what ever you like!

Check out this pink glass bead set made by Carey of CLO Beads. Carey shared a blog post yesterday about the bane of every glassers existence... trying to take a good photo of your beads!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lampwork Beads 3.10.14

The time has shifted and the days are longer... all the better for working on new lampwork bead jewelry designs!

Check out today's feature - an amazing glass bead focal from Stone Designs by Sheila:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beautiful Glass Beads 3.9.14

It's a relaxing spring Sunday and I really don't mean to nag...but here goes! Glass bead fans... it may be later than you think as some of us need to switch our clocks forward today.

And artists... don't think you get off without a little nagging. We still have no one to feature for our Space Out Sunday posts! It's a great chance to profile YOU and your work!!! See our Events page for more info!!!

OK...nagging over...let's move on to something fun... like gorgeous glass beads! Check out this beauty that Madeline Bunyan shared yesterday!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Organic Glass Beads 3.5.14

Welcome Lampwork fans. Just a quick note for our artisans... Folks we NEED people to feature for our space out Sunday articles. The questions are on our events page and we do ask that you be able to size your own photos. We do "prefer" to feature artists who post here on a semi regular basis! Please, take the time and submit your interview today!!!

Today's feature is a stunning organic lampwork focal from the Flaming Fools, Michael and Brad. Meet Blackburn:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lampwork Glass Beads 3.2.14

Welcome Lampwork fans. It's time to say goodbye to last month's header artists.

Rita, Jennie, Manuela, Steph and Jo, thank you all for allowing us to feature your stunning talents!

Rita's Beadery & Jewelry || Jennie Lamb || Manuela Wutschke||
Beads by Stephanie || Kitzbitz Art Glass ||

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Art Glass Beads 3.1.14

Welcome Lampwork fans! A new month is upon us and so is our new header!

When I saw this gigantic glass focal shared by Pam of Blue Between yesterday, I just knew we had to feature it! For those of us who adore big beads, take a gander at Pam's Pond Bead:
 Just so you get a sense of scale: