Sorry for the technical glitch yesterday. There a new feature to our link tool that allows us to cut off entries after a certain number. In spite of setting it to unlimited, it was showing as full! We're doing a little testing and all should be fine tonight! But THANK YOU to those that let us know and kept checking in yesterday!
Wasn't yesterday's Halloween Glass Bead show AMAZING! Kudos to our sponsor Cindy of Cindy Lynne Designs as her Halloween lampwork Focal, Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble got a ton of hits! Please scroll down and vote for your faves from yesterday!
Welcome to the most frightfully delicious glass bead show on the interwebs!You've picked a great day to visit for some spooky fall fun!!! Our last show blew the doors off this place and we're hoping for a repeat!
OH My! It's Friday and we are quivering with excitement! Why??? Because tomorrow is our second edition of Spooky Saturday... our Halloween Lampwork and Fall Glass Beads extravaganza! Our last one was AMAZING! So I hope you will join us!
Hello Glass Bead Lovers! Lots of goings on lately! In case you didn't see it, the back story behind this website was posted yesterday on Mallory of Rosebud101's blog. If you've ever wondered, go check out my guest post there!
Reminder for our Artisans: Saturday is Spooky Saturday! Fall and Halloween beads galore!
And, two of our own got hitched yesterday after 15 happy years together! So it seems only fitting that Michael and Brad of Flaming Fools should be our featured lampwork focal today! This bead is appropriately named "Hoop di doo!"
What a fabulous few days it's been here at Glass Beads Daily! Two special show days in a row chock-full of fantastic artisan lampworked beads and so many fans coming to view the eye candy! I am astounded by the number of clicks our spacer glass bead posts get!! And Blue Monday is a close second! We are doing our best to give the fans what they are searching for and it's so nice to know it's appreciated!
Let's get today's show started with beautiful blue heart glass bead that our newest sponsor shared yesterday. This beauty is from Laurie of Isinglass Design a/k/a GlassBead on Etsy.
Hello Glass Bead fans! Yes! We've got TWO special days back to back this month! Today is Blue Monday where we present to you the MOST searched for color in glass beads and lampwork jewelry! And our 2nd edition of Spooky Saturday is right around the corner! It is a busy month but... our artisans are working non-stop to bring you the most amazing beads on the web!
Since yesterday was our spacer bead extravaganza, it's only right to feature more in blue glass! Check out these sky blue disk beads from our sponsor Mallory of Rosebud 101:
Welcome to Space Out Sunday where we ogle the oft overlooked, but always needed glass spacer bead and get to know another glass artisan. All artisans will be posting pics that feature lampwork spacers today!
But first, we're going to get to know a little about Sheila Davis of Stone Design Studio. Since today is all about the glorious glass spacer bead, let's take a look at some of Shelia's. Isn't this silver-rich set stunning???
What do you make? Lampwork glass bead sets and focals as well as jewelry components like bead cones, sliders, clasps, Kumihimo focals, head pins, disks and vessels. What or you known for?
I guess it would be my organic beads. I love etched beads, they are very popular with my customers....yes, I make a lot of brown beads!!
I would also like to be known for my botanical floral beads. It's so fun to "paint with glass"! And I love to work with silver glass, total opposite of my etched organics. Maybe I have a split personality!
Do you ever space out at the torch? I try not to space out, I might hurt myself! What do you think about / listen to / watch? I think about a lot of things...if I'm making an intricate bead, I think about what I'm doing. If I'm making spacers, I might be thinking about what to make for dinner! I'm not a big TV fan, so it's music for me...anything from Miles Davis, Etta James, Dave Matthews, Eagles....the other day, Billie Jean came on the radio and I had to stop, I couldn't sit still!!
What was the Worst burn / cut you ever got??? How did it happen, where was it? The worst burn I ever got was when I was in too big of a hurry. (can't help it, it runs in the family) I had a paddle of frit in one hand and the bead in the other and I went to move the paddle over and stuck the knuckle of my left index finger right in the torch! Ouch!!
Sheila Davis of Stone Designs
What was the hardest skill for you to learn? How did you over come? I'm still working on perfect dot placement. And Clio was a big challenge for me as well as many artists, but so rewarding when you finally "get it" Any tips to share? I took a silver glass class from the talented Sue Stewart...I would advise taking any class you can. Some day, I would like to have a big enough studio for classes with guest teachers.
What is YOUR favorite jewelry to wear?I always wear jewelry when I leave the house...even if it's just to the store. Earrings and bracelet.
What is your favorite thing you've made? I have a vessel that I made...I just loved it and when it didn't sell for some time, I decided to keep it! I also like my Sunflower beads.
Happy Saturday Lampwork Lovers! We are so happy you've joined us over the weekend and we sure hope you will stop by tomorrow for our Glass Bead Spacer Extravaganza! We had an amazing show last month and are hoping for a repeat!
Glass Bead fans, we have a most serious subject at hand today. The terrible problem of orphan lampwork beads!
You may find this a little strange because, technically, ALL glass beads are orphans looking for a home! However, many artisans - and we are a picky lot - set aside handfuls of beads that become "orphans." They may not be the color we were hoping for. The shape may be a little imprecise. Or sometimes, they just didn't look quite right with the rest of the set we had already created. Standing alone, they are perfectly fine. And these beads need good homes too! They need to become gorgeous lampwork jewelry! And as a jewelry designer, you can find some fabulous great deals out there searching for lampwork orphans!
The beads are still cleaned and annealed, just as you would expect from artisan made beads! This is a great way to build your jewelry making stash!
Hello Lampwork Lovers and Artisans! We have several events coming up fast that I want to call your attention to!
Blue Monday is coming on August 19th - Blue glass beads and lampwork jewelry only.
Our next Halloween / Fall Extravaganza a/k/a Spooky Saturday is right around the corner on August 24th. And this Sunday, August 18th, is our second edition of Space Out Sunday where we focus on often overlooked, but much loved glass spacer bead. If any of you artists are interested in being featured for Space Out Sunday, please, read our Events page!
Hello glass bead lovers! Have you been noticing all the rich, darker colors that our artisans have been sharing... it's time to think of fall and winter designs! We hope you will take a moment a scroll down and vote for some of your faves!
Artisans! Before we get started, could we request you try to use our keywords IN YOUR post??? Glass Beads, Lampwork, artisan glass, etc??? You have 75 characters in your post; please use them well! This will really help us move up in the search engine wars!
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.")
Welcome Lampwork Lovers! Wasn't yesterday's show a fabulous kick off for fall designs??? Be sure to scroll down and vote for your faves!
Artisans, our events page has been updated! Be sure to check in and see what's coming!
Today's featured bead set is a lovely Autumn Mix pair from Jeanette of J Savina Beads. These glass spacer beads would be great for fall earrings or could add a nice color boost to a bracelet or necklace.
BOO! Welcome to our first Spooky Saturday! We're going to devote several special Saturdays to Halloween Glass Beads and Fall themed beads to get your glass beading and jewelry making into high gear for the harvest holidays!
Lampwork lovers! A new month is upon us and thoughts are turning to fall and the holidays... well, if you make glass bead jewelry, they are! You'll want to be sure to pop in on Saturday to see the first of our Halloween and Fall glass bead special posts!