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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||

Friday, January 31, 2014

Lampwork Bead Sets 1.31.14

Welcome! Welcome Lampwork lovers! We hope you've been enjoying this week's glass bead show... it's been FABULOUS!

Today's feature is a glass bead set with focal from Judith Billig.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Focal Glass Beads 1.30.14

Welcome Glass Bead fans! I hope you enjoyed all the hearts from yesterday! Please take a moment to scroll down and see what you missed. Be sure to vote for your faves! Your votes help pick our covers artists!

Today's feature is another heart glass bead. Meet Aurora Borealis from our sponsor, Sonja of  Silver River Glass:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LOVE Glass Beads 1.29.14

Today is LOVE post... Artisans, we want to see HEARTS or reds, pinks and creams.. Those quintessential glass beads that are perfect for Valentine's Day!

Today's feature is a trio of dichroic glass hearts by Cherie of Happy Skull.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Glass Beads 1.28.14

Welcome Lampwork fans! Artisans, tomorrow is a LOVE BEADS post. We want to see your hearts, reds, pinks and creams...Stuff for the Valentine's!

Today's feature is a wonderful triangle European Charm Bracelet Bead, for a Pandora / Troll / Links of London style bracelet. This glass bead is from Darlene of LTD Art Glass.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lampwork Beads 11.27.14

Hope you enjoyed yesterday's glass spacer beads show. Please take a moment to scroll down and vote for your favorites!

Today's feature is a stunning black and white trio glass bead set by Kandice Seeber.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Glass Bead Spacers Space Out Sunday 1.26.14

Welcome to this month's Glass Spacer Bead celebration! 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 Lezlie Foster of Creek Bottom Glass. As this post is all about lampwork spacers, let's take a look at some of Lezlie's:

What do you make? What or you known for?
I make beads, jewelry and glass beaded items.  Pretty much anything I can get glass or beads on!  I LOVE sculptural and implosions, those are my favorites!  And ANYTHING pink!  

Do you ever space out at the torch? What do you think about / listen to / watch?
My torch is my quiet place (not literally though)  I can be having a rotten day and go light the torch and it all goes away.  Even if I only melt stringer or make twisties, it just all seems so much better on my beloved torch!  I usually listen to 80s rock really loud and sing, really loud and badly!  I especially love girl bands!  My studio is to me like the shower is to others.  I'm suddenly a rock star!

What was the Worst burn / cut you ever got??? How did it happen, where was it? Special treatment???
 I have been lampworking for almost 2 years.  One day I was working on blowing hollows.  Using a 1/8 mandrel for the first time I was trying to get it into the kiln because I was petrified it would cool too much and shatter all over the place.  Also being new to blowing glass I was a quivering mess!  I was holding the mandrel in my left hand and trying to open the kiln with the right.  Somehow I dropped the mandrel and the glass landed between my middle and ring fingers of my right hand!  OH MY!  I did save the bead of course, because that's what we do, right?  That was before I discovered Burn Jel.  I now keep a bottle at my table!  I soaked my hand in a bowl of cool water for over an hour.  I couldn't torch for almost a week because every time I got close to the torch my hand caught fire all over again.  I had big blisters and the scars are just pretty!

What was the hardest skill for you to learn how did you overcome? Any tips to share?
The absolute hardest concept for me to wrap my head around was implosions!  I was so fascinated with them and I really just HAD to make them!  I would dream of ways to make them and then go to the torch and try and just fail constantly!  I made great colorful blobs in glass but just could not get them to look like anything!  I tried tutorial after tutorial and nada!  I went to a class taught by Libby Luechtman at Marley Beers Bead Camp -- Spent 5 days there learning hands on and voila!  I was able to get a grip on how glass is supposed to move.  From there I bought Ron Bearer, Jr's tutorial Boro Implosion Designs. Amazing how it all clicked into place.  Now I can't stop doing them!  I can't wait to see what the pattern I make turns into on the other side of the piece.  It is by far my favorite thing to do!

What is YOUR favorite jewelry to wear?
Surprisingly enough (or not)  I don't wear many of the things I make.  If I am at a show I'll put on a piece that I normally wouldn't wear and most times someone will buy it right off my neck! I generally stick to my smaller earring pairs and I love to wear the small filled hollows I make.  I just like a more understated and delicate type of jewelry.  I make some really gorgeous bracelets that I will never wear!

My favorite piece is a pot of daisies that I made for my Mom this Christmas.  They were something I knew I really wanted to make for her because she absolutely loves them!  It took me almost a full year of fooling around with different designs to finally figure them out!   She is my biggest fan and has many, many pieces of mine, both good and um...less than good!  I used alcohol inks to paint the pot and it turned out just wonderful!

You can find Lezlie and her work here: Creek Bottom Glass ||  Store Envy Shop ||  Fan Page

Lezlie, thanks for letting us visit with you today! Now...one with out spacer bead show!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hot Glass Beads 1.25.14

Welcome to the best glass bead show online where you will find true artisan glass beads; NO factory made, poor quality beads here!!

Artisans...tomorrow is a spacer bead celebration post! Get your spacer bead pics ready to roll!

Today's feature is a "blue-ti-ful" glass bead focal from Michael and Brad, a/k/a The Flaming Fools. Check out Lobelia:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Beautiful Glass Beads 1.24.14

Hello lampwork lovers! Just a quick reminder that Sunday will be a Spacer Bead / Space out post. Come get to know another wonderful lampwork artist and share your SPACER beads then!

Today's feature is a breathtaking glass bead set from Helen of Helen G Beads.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lampwork Beads Glass Jewelry 1.21.14

Oh my! Tell me you saw all those GORGEOUS blue glass beads yesterday! If not, do yourself a favor and scroll down to see...vote for your faves while you are there.

Today's feature is a blue Mandala style glass bead focal from Jennie of Raspberry Rings

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Art Glass Beads 1.19.14

Quick reminder to our Lampwork Artisans: TOMORROW is BLUE MONDAY. Get those blue glass beads ready to go!

Today's feature is a fabulous glass bead heart from Robyn of Firesong Creations

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Glass Beads and Lampwork Jewelry 1.18.14

My goodness! January is flying by us! But our glass bead show keeps rolling along! We're so glad you popped in to visit us today. If you are thinking ahead to Valentine's, our artisans have been showing off some amazing hearts this past week!

Today's feature is a lampwork bracelet with lots of Southwestern flavor featuring turquoise, coral and silvered ivory glass from Lone Rock Jewelry.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hot Glass Beads 1.17.14

We've seen lots of hearts in every shape and size the last few days here on Glass Beads Daily, but I thought it would be fun to admire a rich organic glass bead. Don't you just love these rich colors in this lampwork focal from Amber of NaOs Glass?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Glass Beads Lampwork 1.16.14

Welcome lampwork fanatics! We had some amazing hearts and Valentine's beads shared yesterday. Please take a moment and scroll down and vote for your faves!

Artisans, keep in mine...Blue Monday is coming!

Today's feature is a scroll work glass bead heart by Marcy of Studio Marcy

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LOVE Glass Beads 1.15.14

Welcome to our LOVE Glass Bead Show. Today, our artists are showing off hearts, reds, pinks, ivories... anything that would make a nice Valentine gift!

Our feature today is a glass bead set from Anastasia of Anastasia Beads. Meet Valentine:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Handmade Lampwork 1.14.14

Welcome handmade Lampwork fans! Artisans...TOMORROW IS a LOVE post! Get your hearts and Valentine ideas ready to go!!

Our feature today is from Kristin and Julio of Redside Designs. They are having a 50
% off sale in their shop and we think this lampwork heart is just delicious!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Artisan Lampwork Beads and Jewelry 1.13.14

Welcome Glass Bead Fans! We had some amazing shares over the weekend so I hope you will scroll down and take a look around. While you are there VOTE for you faves.

Artisans... Wednesday is another LOVE post! We want to see your hearts or ideas for Valentine's!

Today's feature is a beautiful glass bead necklace from Manuela of Manuela's Glass Art. Check out Pure Vida:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Glass Beads 1.11.14

Welcome Glass Bead fans... the year is humming along and so are our artists! Did you see yesterday's fabulous show??! Please take a moment to scroll down and vote for your faves!

Today's feature is from Doris at Glaszwerg. Check out her amazing dragon glass bead:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ready to Wear Glass Beads 1.9.14

One of the things I love about a well designed, artisan glass bead is...many of them are "ready to wear!" No jewelry making required! There are off mandrel pendants, simple slide beads for friction clasp chains and big hole beads. Many of you are familiar with these as Pandora, Troll, Links of London etc are all big hole glass bead charms. But take a look at what one of our artisans in up to with her big hole beads.

Laurie of Isinglass Design has been making really big holed glass beads to use as a scarf slide! She says these also look great on dreds!
Check it out on a scarf:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Art Glass Beads 1.8.14

Welcome to the best glass bead show on the web. If you are an artisan who lampworks or makes glass bead jewelry, this is an excellent place to promote your work!

Our feature today is a Glass Bead Heart from Cherie of Happy Skull.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lampwork Beads 1.7.14

Welcome Glass Bead fans! If you work in glass, either as a bead maker or jewelry designer, come promote your work!

Our feature today is a glass bead set from Anastasia of Anastasia Beads.Check out Magic Blue:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sculptural Glass Beads 1.6.14

Welcome to Glass Beads Daily where there is new lampwork eye candy every day. If you are looking to promote your work, we have a new post up at midnight PST every single day for you to share your work! Just please be sure to return the favor and share that site where ever you promote already!

Today's feature is a fun, sculptural glass bead from Heather of Heather Kelly Glass. Check out her Purple Plum Lounge Gremlin:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SRA Lampwork 1.5.14

Welcome glass bead fans! I want to take a moment to let our readers and artisans know we've expanded the advertising opportunities here. Your hostess is even able to help you with your artwork or create animated ads for use here or on the site of your choosing.

Our feature today is a rich purple leaf lampwork pendant from Rita of Rita's Beadery n Jewelry.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Art Glass Beads 1.2.14

It's time once again to say goodbye to the beadutiful glass beads that graced our cover last month! Many thanks to Amy, Aimee, Jane, Cindy, Michael and Brad for sharing your gorgeous lampwork with us!

Artist links: Amy Sims Designs|| Polychrome Beads|| Jane Hamill ||Cindy Lynne Glass|| Flaming Fools ||

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

LOVE Lampwork Glass Beads 1.1.14

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We're kicking 2013 to the curb and looking forward to new and wonderful things. We hope this holiday morn finds you happy, healthy and warm!

Today is  LOVE bead post and our artisans will be sharing hearts, reds, pinks and creams or any kind of lampwork bead that is appropriate to give to a Valentine!

Our feature is a heart glass bead from Aimee of Polychrome Lampwork.