One little note about my "buy now" button system: paypal keeps track of inventory, which means each frog can only be purchased once.
Unfortunately the system has a major flaw: until I manually remove the button after the item has sold, you won't know whether something is still available until you actually CLICK on the button. THEN it will tell you if the item is sold out. Until I figure out a way to change that, I can only apologize for the inconvenience.
Due to a significant increase in US Post Office charges, I sadly had to increase international shipping rates. Shipping is $ 3.00 domestic, $ 7.00 international - the Buy-Now buttons only charge for domestic shipping, I will invoice the remaining $ 4.00 to international buyers individually.
I accept Paypal, personal checks and handdelivered cash.... :-)
Monday, February 24th, 2014
Today I have 3 finished bracelets...each one takes me a day to make, and I turn into a little Picasso at the torch...each bead inspires the next one - the colors "swing" with each other, and I hope that if you get one it will give you as much joy to wear as it gave me to create. Each of the three bracelets is 8 inches long and the chain extension makes it possibly longer - but if you want it SHORTER I can restring, but I will have to take some of the lampwork spacers out and exchange them for crystals or simpler spacers...
# 1 - Caramel n' Cream
Subtle and warm, the perfect winter bracelet, kind of "lady like" but playful...the little charm says "BELIEVE"
8 inches long, $ 150 (pictures show both sides of the same bracelet, the colors are much lighter than they appear in the picture)
# 2 - Bright, Bold and Beautiful
This is a variation on a bracelet I actually kept for myself - it cheers me up every time I wear it, which is quite nice in a dreary Northwest weather....the charm says "CREATE"
8 inches long, $ 250 (pictures show both sides of the same bracelet)
# 2B - matching earrings
what can I say? These are matching earrings....$ 50
# 3 - Desigual-ly
This is possibly the favorite bracelet I have ever made - the base is a beautiful color called "Black Pearl", which describes it very well, it starts out black, but reduces to a subtle black pearl finish. It shows best in the little heart-shaped spacer.
The designs and colors were inspired by a purse I bought a few month back at some airport (I am confusing myself where I've been and where I've done what...) - and looking at it every day, I finally "saw" the beads in it...I already ordered another pound of this $100/pound glass, so I'm looking forward to making another one for myself...the charm says "CREATE" ...
8 inches long, $ 300 (this one is MUCH nicer in person, the dichroic on each bead adds a beautiful colored sparkle....)
I made one "Heart of the Ocean" beads shortly before going to Florida - and I picked up the idea and moved it forward, heart by heart. The colors look slightly different in person, again, darn photography....I often get comments from people that my pictures don't do my beads justice, and I think that's a good thing. It's always better to be delighted when you open a package, rather than disappointed, right?
I listed the beads in the order of size and/or complexity... each bead is more or less built the same way - a rounded heart in blending shades from pale aqua to leaky pen...with a "window" onto the ocean bottom in one of the heart "butts":
Each heart comes "ready to wear"...
# 4 - Heart of the Ocean with yellow starfish
1 3/4 inch tall, $ 85
# 5 - Heart of the Ocean with turtle
The bead is not as dark as it appears... it's not black, but "Leaky Pen", one of my favorite shades of Messy Color...the turtle wraps around the side of the heart.
2 inch tall, $ 88
# 6 - Heart of the Ocean with blue starfish
All of the elements in this bead are blue...which gives it a really subtle feel...
2 inch high bead, $ 90
# 7 - Heart of the Ocean with crab
I really like this one (well, I actually like all of the hearts...) beautiful blending of colors...
2 inch high bead, $ 95
# 8 - Heart of the Ocean with Jellyfish
this one was really tricky to make - it has two "dancing jellyfish" in the second half of the heart...it's a the largest bead of the bunch, 2 1/4 inch high, $ 100
# 9 - Heart of the Ocean with scuba frog
This heart bead should be called "Heart attack" - making a frog with all the "scuba-frog detail" on top of the thinnest part of a focal is a dance with disaster - the bead has to be kept hot all the times - but the frog can't be hot or he loses all the detail. I pulled it off though, with a fair amount of sweating and cursing. It will definitely be a while before I will attempt another one.
1 3/4 inch high bead, $ 150
And if you made it all the way to down here: the last bead is a prototype (and might be the only one ever created) - it's a "love-bird". I really really like it - the idea came to me during an after-hour demo of a hollow fish at bead camp - as I was shaping the hollow bead into a fish it TOLD me that it wanted to be a bird...I tried very hard to ignore it, but in the end it became a bird (not this one, I kept the original for further inspiration), with dichroic wings and a cool red sculpted beak. So I made an other one after I got home, added some tiny feet, and then spent almost an hour at Michaels to figure out a way to attach the feet to the body (without copying Sharon Peters original chicken-feet)....and I ended up with the red craft wire. All in all, way too much work for my taste... but I hope that someone will enjoy this first (and maybe last) love bird - for $ 48 (he is 2 inches tall, toes to O-ring)
Monday, January 27th, 2014
# 1 - Wild at Heart
I guess there is not comment needed, other than the fact that the hearts are "calibrated" to hang as shown, I think they would make a beautiful short necklace that will give you many compliments, even when the "Love-day" is over. The largest heart is a little over 1 inch long, 7 hearts, 6 small accent beads and 8 spacers, 10" long strand, $ 155
# 2 - Sometimes Love comes in a box
Intricate patterns in fine Goldstone lines, framed in a bold Goldstone border. Playful but classic. The average size of the flat squares is between 3/4" and 1" (measured in a more convenient way: 2 cm), 6 beads and 7 spacers, 6 " long strand, Similar pattern with hearts on both sides, $ 125
# 3 - Love in the South (Mint-Julep)
I discovered a few rods of this color (probably some kind of "odd lot") - and there really is no better way of describing it than Mint Julep, just refreshing - shades of light teal with a hint of green create natural striations in the beads. I added little snippets of teal dichroic, topped off with some deep red hearts make for a bracelet set that will be fun to wear any time of the year. The hearts are only on one side, which makes it more comfortable to wear if you make a "tight fitting" bracelet. 7 squeezed beads, 8 red spacers, 8 inch long strand, $ 105
# 4 - In love, nothing is ever black and white
Very intricate (and hopefully interesting) white stringer decoration on flat black orbbs, with tiny red hearts on BOTH sides. For those with a more "elegant" idea of how to wear love on your sleeves… 6 beads, 0.85" diameter, 7 red spacers, 6.5" long strand, $ 140
# 5 - Straight into your heart
I usually try to make beads that form "one bead" by relating the design of each bead to the one next to it - but sometimes I even go beyond that and relate all the beads I am making during a week to each other. This strand is "opposed" to the one above, instead of curves and swirls, I focused on straight lines….if you want to splurge, you can even wear both strands together.
6 smallish lentils (0.75" diameter), with fine intense black stringer patterns on one side and larger single hearts on the other side (both sides shown), 8 red spacers, 6" long strand, $ 110
# 6 - The Heart of the Ocean
A fun concept, I think - a turquoise heart with wave swirls in transparent aqua - a little "Ocean-bottom-dome" to gaze into, some of my last surviving clownfish murrini and a coral starfish mingle on a 1.75" long focal bead. Cool, if I may say so. $ 75
SOLD, but more to come
That's it for today, thanks so much for looking - and of course, Happy Valentine's Day
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
A few years ago I made a "rainforest bracelet" which I kept for myself, figuring I would never make another one. Well, I finally did, and this one is ten times nicer. This time I am giving it up "for adoption" - hope that someone will get as much enjoyment out of wearing it as I had making it…
The main design is only on one side (otherwise the beads would be too thick to be comfortable to wear) - but there is some sort of design on the back to keep the beads interesting even if one should "flip over).
The bracelet as it is is 8.5 inches long, but I can restring it to your individual needs…the beads are 0.85 inch diameter orbs, small enough for a bracelet, but large enough to accommodate the intricate design...$ 450 (includes free Priority Mail shipping)
Monday, January 13th, 2014
Today I wanted to share some of my "inspiration pictures" (I am sure there are people who can paint a butterfly just from memory - I'm not one of those…I need to see it right in front of me. Thank God, for such visualization impaired people like me there is Google Image search….and since I can't even imagine what a mirror image looks like - I can flip it around in Photoshop….
# 1 - The Monarch rules
Probably one of my favorite beads ever - I am really pleased with how the butterfly turned out. It's not painted on the bead with enamels or glass paint, but it's all applied with dots and stringer. The flower petals were made first and then added to the bead, which gives it a beautiful 3-dimensional look.
1.4 inch diameter medallion, $ 125
# 2 - Large Fireplace Quark
My "signature" quark design in shades of amber, ivory and black. Lots of detail, I hope you will enjoy looking inside….something to warm you on cold and dreary winter days….
1 inch tall, $ 68
# 3 - Small Fireplace Quark
3/4 inch tall, $ 48
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Are you getting into the winter mood? Already had your first snow? I am sure looking forward to our annual "inch or two". In the meantime, I have to make my own snow....
# 1 - 2013 Snowflake Extravaganza
This is without doubt my favorite set of the year. Each bead took an incredible amount of concentration, and imagination - not only are "not two beads alike", but the front and backside of each bead are slightly different. Last year I had a similar, smaller set in 0.75 inch orrbs - this year I went one size up, these beads are 0.85 inch in diameter, which gives a larger surface to play with- and makes more impact in jewelry.
Some of the beads are partially etched to emphasize the snowflake design, and the contrast between bright and sparkly (each bead is built on silver dichroic) and muted etched. Enough beads for a long necklace, or a bracelet with earrings, or a bracelet and....I'm sure you will have fun. To make designing your masterpiece a little easier, I made 55 matching spacers, AND of course, there must be a frog to go along with this, he is riding on his very own snowflake.
I promise that you will love these beads - I'm sure you will find a reason to wear them in a middle of summer....they might keep you cool on a 100 degree day. (By the way, taking pictures of clear and white beads is insanely challenging...the beads are a lot more sparkly in person, which I guess is a good thing: to be pleasantly surprised...rather than mis-lead by a brilliant photograph, right?)
9 orrbs (0.85"), 1 frog (0.85") and 55 spacers, $ 350
other side of the same beads:
And of course, the "extra stuff"
# 2 - 2013 Snowball-Beauties
If you prefer round beads over pressed beads, this set will be perfect for you. Really chunky round beads (the largest one is 3/4 inch wide), probably best for a necklace. Again, the photography was a challenge, I included one of those "bead-in-hand" picture to give you an idea of the size and the sparkle inside.
7 beads, 6 1/2 inch long strand, $ 175
That's probably it for this year, but then again, one never knows...
New beads on Monday, September 16th....
Todays beads are all from my "bead-box" - a plastic box I carry around to my classes, not to sell the beads, but to have examples of techniques we are going to cover in the class. They are all beads I didn't really want to sell - but sometimes you just have to move on, and maybe by forcing myself to make NEW sample beads I might come up with something new and even better.
# 1 - Silver Reef Bead
I have two kind of beads that would fall into the category of "Aquariumbeads": Ocean Beads and Reef Beads. The main difference is the "perspective" of the viewer. Oceanbeads contain elements like coral and seaweed - the viewer basically sits on the ocean bottom and looks AT the "stuff", kind of like a shrimp. A reef bead is constructed with the idea that the viewer hovers ABOVE the ocean floor, like a snorkeler or a scuba diver. So, if you hold this bead, you can magically transform yourself into a diver, without all the hassle of gear and oxygen and all the dangers involved in plunging into the depth. It's a "mini-vacation" in a bead....
1 inch high, 1 inch wide, $ 95
# 2 - Ocean Bead with starfish
1.5 inch high, 1++ inch wide, $ 75
# 4 - Ocean Medallion with Fish
1.5 inch in diameter, $ 85
# 5 - Fancy flowers in purple
1 inch high, 1 + inch wide, $ 80
# 6 - About Petals and Stamen
1 inch high, 1 inch wide, $ 45
# 7 - Lovely Lilies
1+ inch high, 1 inch wide, $ 75
# 8 - Water Lilies
1+ inch high, 1 inch wide, $ 40
# 9 - Slightly Oval Quark
Not quite 1 inch tall, 3/4+ inch wide, $ 60
# 10 - Round Quark
3/4+ inch tall, 3/4+ inch wide, $ 50
# 11 - Slightly smaller round Quark
3/4- inch tall, 3/4+ inch wide, $ 40
# 12 - Large Fossil Lentil
1.3 inch diameter, $ 70
# 13 - Large Fossil-Ocean Fusion Bead
1.5 inch long, 1 inch wide, $ 68
# 14 - Treasures from the Nautilus
Goldstone stringer on ivory lentils, the design is on BOTH sides. 6 beads, 3/4 inch in diameter, 6.5 inch long strand - MUCH MUCH prettier in person, $ 110
# 15 - Black and White Garden Bracelet
Finished bracelet with black and white 3/4 inch lentils, slightly adjustable in length, maximum 8 inches long, $150
# 15 - Black and White Pandora Bracelet
This bracelet is already sold, but I still wanted to write a little something about it. For ME, Pandora-bracelet that are "filled" with lampwork beads are kind of the crown-jewels of bracelets. If you make beads yourself, you know how difficult it is to make beads on thick mandrels. The "natural" shape of a bead is greatly influenced by the diameter of the mandrel, if you want nice round small beads, you pretty much have to use a 1/16th mandrel. The larger the diameter of the mandrel, the more "donut-shaped" the bead wants to be...So, if you want to make a pandora-type bead that is NOT all skinny and donut-shaped, you have the "fight" the natural shape all along the creation of the bead. I didn't even attempt making Pandora beads before Tony and I created to "Pandora-step-shaper"...
Making a "solid" bead with a big hole is relatively easy, but when it comes to designs with several layers, it's pretty much hit and miss" when it comes to the final size. That's why I have to make THREE TIMES as many beads to get enough for one perfect bracelet. I worked on this bracelet for a whole week (I also have to admit that I got addicted to the challenge). Luckily, besides this bracelet, I also ended up with one for myself.... Pricing jewelry is always tricky, I usually hesitate putting on a crazy price-tag - but sometimes things SEEM very expensive, but are not when you "break it down". I basically charged $ 10 per bead - which is cheap considering that some of the designs took 20-25 minutes to make...then I added the value of the bracelet and voila - it's $ 250, which is expensive and "a bargain" at the same time...
Ready to wear Pandora-style bracelet (the bracelet is included, it is Sterling Silver, but not authentic Pandora)...21 beads, 8.5 inches long, $ 250
Thursday, July 25thThis is my second attempt at a "Bonzai-necklace" (there is a long story about this type of necklace somewhere below on this page...the first one I offered was in the winter, with beads made in clear and white). This necklace, called "A summery bead treat", is, as the name suggest, a "summer version", in bright shades of pink (think: Rasberry), aqua (think: swimming pool) and lime green (think: Margaritas and fresh cut grass). A total of 41 beads, a frog charm at the end of the extension chain will hopefully delight your heart and get you oodles of compliments. The necklace is 20+ inches long...if necessary, I could make it a little longer.... The price for the necklace is $ 650...which of course includes free shipping. This picture might show the beads a little better:--------------------------------------------------50 Shades of Pink....almost# 1 - Playful in Pink (light)I had a lot of fun making these little lentils, they would be perfect for a "tasty" little bracelet....that brings out the girlie-girl in you. 7 beads, 5 inch long strand, $ 75
# 2 - Playful in Pink (dark)A similar strand as the one above, but in a much darker, richer shade of pink... 7 beads, 5 inch long strand, $ 75
# 3 - Rasberry Chadwicks
Wow, I used to make this style of beads a lot, years ago....but I still love the mix of stringer designs....you will definitely need "something else" to make a bracelet with these, but that's part of the fun of designing jewelry, right? 6 beads, 3.5 inch long strand, $ 45
# 4 - Poetry in Pink
One of these days I will have to make a strand like this for myself, but for some reason it takes me literally 2 days to finish a strand. Each bead is a challenge, and requires a lot of thinking as far as the designs are concerned. But the result is worth it, in my opinion. The pictures show both sides of the same strand. 6 beads, strung with freshwater pearls, 6.5 inch long strand, $ 175
# 5 - Symphonie in Pink
A collection of round beads, "sliding spacers" and lentils, guaranteed a lot of fun to play with, either for a fancy 2-strand bracelet or a necklace. 22 beads, 8 inch long strand, $ 175
# 6 - A Ghost Story
This strand is not exactly fitting into a pink theme - but I very much liked these beads and definitely wanted to show them. They are a bit unusual for me, since I normally don't make "organic" beads, but even a vegetarian might have the urge to eat a steak once in a while (?). In my last newsletter I described how to "re-squeeze" beads that weren't centered - THESE beads were re-squeezed 3-4 times, until I was happy with the resulting design....so they kind of took a long time to make, and on top of that, each bead ended up stuck on the mandrel, and by the time I managed to take them off the mandrels were totally bent and I had to throw them away. More information than you needed, sorry...;-). 7 beads, strung with freshwater pearls, 7 inch long strand, $ 90
Friday, June 21st
It's that time of the year again - even more fun to make than Christmas beads: 4th of July!! Even though I'm still a German citizen, I have lots of reasons to feel patriotic... hope these beads will put a proud smile on your face....
# 1 - 4th of July Candy
(as usual, the BLUE in this picture is just the camera interpretation, in reality it is much darker...) 14 beads, 6 inch long strand, $ 100
# 2 - more 4th of July candy
14 beads, 6 inch long strand, $ 100
# 3 - 4th of July Orrbs
These 3/4 inch in diameter orrbs definitely make a statement - and it doesn't take much to turn these into a bracelet....almost ready-to-wear. Again, the BLUE is much darker in person. 6 orrbs and 12 red and blue spacers, $ 96
If you're interested in some matching patriotic frogs, CLICK HERE
and one last strand of bracelet size beads:
# 4 - Little Miss Sunshine
Again, a strand that is much much prettier in person, light (lighter than in the picture), almost pastel shades of pink, purple, orange green and aqua...24 beads, 10 inches long strand, $ 250 (with free shipping)
# 5 - Lighthearted Floral
light purple flowers on a "silver-lined" green background...2 inch long pendant, $ 38
# 6 - Moody Blues
Something completely different: a bracelet set of 6 squeezed beads in dark tones of bluish green with a fun "batique" design, 5.5 inch long strand, $ 50
Thursday, May 10th - bracelet size encased florals coming today!All beads have been named after an emotion that the colors evoke in ME... the majority of the beads has been made on a base of silver, which adds an amazing glow to the beads, almost as if there is a tiny lightbulb inside of each bead.... most of the sets consist of 7 beads - which could all be used in one bracelet, or depending on how much other "stuff" you put inbetween the beads, you could even make a pair of matching earrings....Speaking of that - if you ONLY want an earring pair in a certain color combination, let me know!# 1 - Dark Pink on Aqua - PLEASURE7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 13x15mm, length of strand is 4.5 inches, $ 95# 2 - Light Blue on Blue on silver - TRANQUILITY
7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 12x14mm, length of strand is 4.3 inches, $ 100
# 3 - Lavendar on Purple on silver - CURIOSITY
7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 12x14mm, length of strand is 4.3 inches, $ 100SOLD# 4 - Light Pink on Green on silver - SHYNESS
7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 12x14mm, length of strand is 4.3 inches, $ 100
# 5 - Light Pink on Grey on silver - SERENITY
7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 13x15mm, length of strand is 4.5 inches, $ 100
# 6 - White on Aqua on silver - REFRESHED
7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 12x14mm, length of strand is 4.3 inches, $ 100
# 7 - Light Pink on Blue - LIGHTNESS OF HEART
7 beads and 8 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 13x15mm, length of strand is 4.5 inches, $ 100
# 8 - Light Blue on pale Lavender - CALM
6 beads and 7 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 13x15mm, length of strand is 3.8 inches, $ 85
# 9 - Light Pink on Fuchsia - JOY
5 beads and 6 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 13x15mm, length of strand is 3.2 inches, $ 70
# 10 - White on Red - CHRISTMAS
(okay, that's not an really an emotion, but for some people it might be....it was just the first thing that came to mind....)
5 beads and 6 small disk spacers, average bead size is: 13x15mm, length of strand is 3 inches, $ 55
# 11 - Light Pink on Aqua on silver - HOPE
and finally a pair for earrings....I really like these colors together and was planning on making a whole strand, but then I can of ran out of "flower-steam"...12mmx14 mm, $ 27.00
Wednesday, April 24th
At this place I hope to soon introduce some of my "South Africa" inspired beads, but when I have all kinds of new ideas they ususally take some time to "germinate". So, in the meantime I re-visited some of my alltime favorite bracelet beads to make: Black and white, and black and white with pink. Each strand should be just the perfect amount of beads for a bracelet...
1. Tell Mom that sometimes things ARE just black and white
set # 1
10 beads, 4 inch long strand, $ 90
set # 2
10 beads, 4 inch long strand, $ 90
set # 3
10 beads, 4 inch long strand, $ 90
2. "Mamma Mia"
set # 4
10 beads, 4.5 inch long strand, $ 100
SOLDset # 510 beads, 4.5 inch long strand, $ 100---------------------------------------------------Sunday, March 3rd, 2013My last offer before the "big trip" -
LOVE IN THE WILDfinished bracelet, 8.5 inches long, with frog charm (this kind of bracelet looks best if it fits a little losely...) $ 250 including Priority Mail shipping...
-------------------------------------------------Tuesday, January 29th, 2013My last Valentine's set of the year, a colorful collection of bracelet beads in fun and unusual designs, 25 beads and a frog charm, 8 inch long strand, $ 175 with free shipping. ----------------------------------------------Friday, January 25th, 2013"Just Love"Beautiful shades of blue and turquoise, with an interesting "batique" look, 6 beads and spacers, 6 inch long strand, $ 75-------------------------------------------Thursday, January 24th, 2013"Love is in the air" The perfect set for a dreamy bracelet, red hearts on clear, slightly etched beads with white decoration. This set is slightly more expensive because of the extra time involved to "etch-guard" the hearts, but you'll also get 8 extra spacers...
6 beads, 8 inch long strand, $ 100
Classy combination of black & white with deep red hearts, which are only on one side of the beads, to make them more comfortable to wear....
6 beads and 7 tiny red spacers, the strand is 6 inches long, $ 88 Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Most of today's beads were made in the mental search for snow. Now that I had my snow-fix for the year, I can let go of these and dive into another week of ocean beads....with Florida just around the corner....
(I hope I won't get into the mood to make WHITE beads again for a long long time - they are a bitch to photograph....)
# 1 - Snowflake pendant
My personal favorite of the three, I THINK - a nice contrast between the "glitzy" front with a starpattern of lines - versus the matte and subtly glowing back with it's pattern of outward radiating dots... the clear dots on the outside "rim" just add the perfect illusion of ice, melting in the sun.
1 inch in diameter, ready to wear with free Beadhopper pendant, much prettier than the picture shows, $ 42
# 2 - Another Snowflake Pendant
This one is just as pretty as the first one, just a little smaller, and with some "snow-dots" around the edge.
0.85 inch diameter, free Beadhoppers pendant, $ 35
# 3 - Surprise: one more Snowflake Pendant
The last pendant has a different pretty snowflake pattern on each side, and a sparkly dot in the center of one side. Simple and elegant
1 inch diameter, free pendant, $ 32
# 4 - The Ice-Queen necklace set
I think I spent just as much time painting on the "nailpolish-etch-resist" as I did making the beads. But it was worth it, since the contrast between "bold sparkle" and "subtle inner glow" is amazing. I made these beads with a necklace in mind, but if you don't mind slightly larger beads on your wrist, they could also work for a bracelet.
7 beads (the largest is 1/2 inch x 3/4 inch), 2 spacers and crystals, 5 inch long strand, $ 125
# 5 - Ice-dreams Pandora Bracelet
This is a finished bracelet, and I won't be too heartbroken if it doesn't sell ;-).
20 beads in a huge variety of snowflake and "snowy" patterns, strung on a 8 inch not-really-pandora bracelet, perfect for all seasons (in the summer you can think of ice-carving...) $ 225
# 6 - Snowflake earrings
This was my first version of "filled hollow bubbles" - tiny fake snowflakes...great for someone with dark hair or dark skin. The earrings (without findings) are 1.5 inches long, $ 30
# 7 - The complete Glamour-girl outfit
Another Facebook inspired set - hollow bubbles filled with gold glitter, and made into earrings and a pendant with a mix of silver and gold Beadhoppers pieces.... the bubbles are only filled 3/4 and the glitter moves as you move....great "Oscar worthy" sparkle!
The earrings are 1.5 inches (without earhooks) and the pendant is slightly over 1.5 inches (including bail). $ 72
# 8 - Starlight Express: the first "Bonzai Necklace"
I have to admit that I have always been fascinated by lampwork jewelry (mostly necklaces) that sell for hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. So many questions, like:
1. "how long does it TAKE me to make something like that?"
2. "Would I have the courage and self-confidence to put that kind of price tag on something I made?" and finally:
3. "Who has that kind of money?"
I have a few answers, in case you are curios as well:
1. It took me 3 full days to create this necklace/bracelet combo.
2. Not really...
3. I hopefully find out
I DID have a lot of fun with this project - it had to be something that was a) fun to make, with lots of possibilities for intersting designs on a small scale, so I wouldn't get bored making 40 or more, b) attractive to wear, not too casual and not too dressy or artsy at the same time and c) I had to want to wear it myself, in the likely instance that it doesn't sell... I think I have achieved all of the above, I have already worn the necklace for a few days, and gotten lots of compliments. But no worries, I'll clean it if someone DOES want it...
The "main" necklace consists of 37 lampworked beads and iridescent glass spacers - it measures 18 inches (but I can add a few beads if necessary!). It comes with a matching bracelet (8.5 inches, 14 beads), which can be attached to the necklace for a longer necklace, depending on the dress or neckline. All beads (except for 2) were made on a base of silver dichroic, some are etched, most are sparkly. Most of the bead have intricate stringer designs - some of which took 40 minutes for a single bead, others are simpler, so it's a good balance, since too many "fancy" beads can make the whole thing look too busy.
This kind of "big" item is really hard to photograph in it's full glory, so you have to trust me on this....
I almost forgot to list these two sets - mostly because they are so darn difficult to photograph... I sure you know the disappoint when the beads you love so much don't look like anything special in the picture...
# 9 - New Years Party
This is a sweet set of 0.75 inch orrbs with colorful swirled dichroic on top of an ink-blue core - decorated with fine intense black stringer (the decoration is identical on both sides...).
5 beads, 4 1/2 inch long strand, $ 75
# 10 - Purrrrple
Speaking of photographic nightmare - have you ever tried to photograph purple? It never seems to come out quite right, I even dove deep into Photoshop to coax out the proper hue...to no avail. If you are familiar with glass color, these beads were made with inkblue over a core of opaque violet - and since there are more shades of both of these colors as there are shades of grey, you still won't know exactly what these look like. Purple, but a little muted... I had great plans for these beads, wanted to make a "3-strand bracelet" in warm autum colors, but honestly, I lost the stamina for this little idea when I realized how much preparation time there is for each color - from making murrini, over encased stringer to twisties - and I just wasn't in the mood to go through this...so I never made it beyond purple - and that's why this strand is relatively "inexpensive" - because it's part of something bigger that didn't happen - but there is nothing whatsoever wrong with the beads, they are actually quite lovely...
9 small beads (average size is 10mm x 13mm), 3 1/2 inch long strand, $ 48
# 11 - The Lost Sparkle
The reason this little Cubic Zirconia filled pendant is at the very end of my listings, kind of out of place, is that I had "lost" it after taking the picture...I just found it on the floor under the sofa, so I'm adding it here, rather then above "where it belongs".. so I don't have to change all the numbers and paypal buttons. I really like this little pendant - again, after a Facebook suggestion, filled with over 100 2mm "diamonds", and they really sparkle in the light (not in the picture). I promise you will enjoy this - and in the worst case, if you're a beadmaker, you can smash the hollow bubble and use the CZ in your beads. Outch....
1 1/2 inch tall, $ 30
Okay, now I've gotten the snow out of my system, more sunny stuff next time, thanks for checking!
Monday, December 10th
# 1 - Magic Snowflakes
This is one of those sets that a) doesn't photograph very well, and b) is crazy expensive, even though I didn't apply the "going rate" of $ 1.00 per minute. The Snowflake designs (since they are on both sides) took me a full hour per bead, which is why I added some "simple" swirly beads (the blizzard!) to make it somewhat affordable. Each bead is a flat orrb, 3/4 inch in diameter (my all-time favorite shape for bracelets), strung with faceted chrystals...the silver dichroic within makes diamonds pale in comparison....;-). The pictures show both sides of the beads.
6 beads, 6 inch long strand, $ 150
# 2 - Dalmations in Tutu with Pearls
I took last weeks monster strand apart and split it into three "manageable" strands, each the perfect amount of beads for a bracelet - or, if you want to go fancy, you could get two sets and make one double-stranded bracelet.... I also spent some time at the local beadstore to find little spacers that would fit inbetween...
10 small beads, 6.5 inch long strand, with pink freshwater pears, $ 105
# 3 - Dalmatians in Tutu with white disks
10 small beads, strung with white opalescent disk spacers, $ 100
# 4 - Dalmatians in Tutu with Disco Spacers....
10 beads, strung with little faceded "disco-beads", 5.5 inch long strand, $ 90
# 5 - Fireplace Quarks Braceletset
If you like the glowing colors of fall, those that remind you of roasted chestnut, Caramel candy...stuff like that, you will love this collection of intricate encased murrini...the kind of beads you can look into and feel like Alice, falling through the rabbit hole. Each bead is surprisingly small (considering how much is going on inside...), about half an inch wide...6 beads, strung with light amber colored crystals....5 inch long strand, $ 150
# 6 - Tales around the Campfire Orrbs
Another set that does not photograph well at all (which is fine...because I would have NO problem whatsover adding this one to my personal bracelet collection - which is not as huge as you might think....) This is another variation of my recent Murrini based beads - a core of handmade murrini with medium amber "wings" (which magnify the patterns of the core, when seen from the side) - framed with sparking goldstone stringer (something that definitely doesn't show up in the picture...)....5 flat orrbs, 3/4 inches in diameter, strung with Swarovski AB crystals. 5 inch long strand, $ 120
Fireplace Quark Pendants
I am only writing ONE description for all the beads, kind of for the same reason that I only took one picture - they are all more or less the same, just different sizes...and slightly different Beadhoppers pendant designs (I am having so much fun turning all my focals into pendants, hope you don't mind....and since it's a sort of "promotion" - I don't charge extra for the parts...
I really love the combination of my murrini - left 3 dimensional in the "Quark-design"....I had so much fun with this that I have A LOT....as you could see above, and below....again, the pictures don't really show the colors... but in person they are so beautiful...glowing....
I added a picture with all 4 pendants, to give you an idea of the relative sizes....
# 7 - Mini Fireplace Quark Pendant
15 mm high BEAD (that's that crazy measurement between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch....however you call that...), total length of pendant is 1.5 inches, $ 35
# 8 - Small Fireplace Quark Pendant
3/4 inch high BEAD, total length of pendant is 2 inches, $ 42
# 9 - Medium Fireplace Quark Pendant
22mm high BEAD (slightly lighter in color than the others...) , total length of pendant is 2 inches, $ 50
# 10 - A little larger medium Fireplace Quark Pendant
24 mm high BEAD, total length of pendant is 2 inches, $ 55
# 11 - Mini Fireplace Quark Earrings
And the FINAL offering of the year - Mini-Quark earrings....I had so much fun playing with some "prototypes" of 24 karat gold plated beadhoppers parts - we will have a limited edition of 50 StarterKits, coming up soon.... I like the mix of silver tone and gold tone... very pretty - this pair of earrings is 2 1/2 inches long, but you can shorten it a little by changing the earhooks to shorter "standard" pieces.... $ 65
thanks so much for always coming by and checking what I made - I very much appreciate it - and Merry Christmas to you!
Sunday, December 2nd
# 2 - Dalmation in Tutu, Pandora Bracelet
Someone on Facebook asked whether I could also make these beads for Pandora Bracelet - and as in bead designs before, once I get into the Pandora "mode", I can never just make a few beads...somehow I have to cover the whole darn bracelet - and you get the bracelet too! The bracelet itself is 8 inches long, but because of the beads I think you lose about 3/4 of an inch...if you like this, you might want to measure your other Pandora bracelet to make sure it's the right size.
Shipping included, $ 235
# 3 - Dalmations on Fire
Not everybody is into pink, so I thought I would try it with a reddish orange... it looks pretty enough, but I just wasnt' inspired - so I only made 6 beads, for a "bargain" price of $ 25 - just because it wasn't my thing....6 small beads, 3 inch long strand.
# 4 - Ocean Critter Bracelet Set A
After posting my critter "test strand" on Facebook, I had a few request for similar beads - so I dove right into the task....I spent 3 days playing with ocean critters, and got enough beads for 2 bracelet sets, and I few really ugly beads, which you'll never see.... Basically, I made two of each type of critter - and some just turned out a tiny bit pretty than the others, and I "grouped" the prettiest one into one strand, and the others into a second strand (which is still very nice). THIS is the "A-strand", if you look closely at each bead you can kind of see the difference, or, maybe it was all in my head.
8 orrb-shaped beads, 3/4 inch in diameter, strung with natural coral chips, 7.5 inch long strand, $ 200
# 5 - Ocean Critter Bracelet Strand B
8 beads, 3/4inch diameter orrbs, strung with natural coral chips, 7.5 inch long strand, $175
# 6 - Froques Cousteau Mini Paperweight
A perfect gift for a scuba diving friend who doesn't WEAR beads...Froques is a seasond diver who has been to the worlds most spectacular dive spots. If you sit down quietly and listen, he'll tell you his tales....as for the kissing thing - don't bother, I've tried, and he has no plans for princing up any time soon. 1 inch x 1 inch, $ 115
# 7 - Turtle Playground lentil focal
I really like this size and shape of focal - it's a flat lentil, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter, 1/2 inch thick - which can be either worn on a short chain or neckwire....or long, depending on your outfit. This lentil has both encased ocean elements (on different layers, which gives it nice depth) - and surface detail on both sides. The kind of bead I should keep....well. yeah, in a perfect world I would keep all my beads....
1 1/2 inch diameter, 1/2 inch thick - ready to wear with complimentary Beadhopper pendant, $ 90
# 8 - Not at all crabby
This is a bead I actually made a couple of month ago - and I wasn't quite ready to let it go. If you ever wonder how I calculate my prices - usually it's TIME, but sometimes it's stress level. And placing a crab on top of a bead with raised decoration is one of those things where you pray really hard....pray that the bead doesn't crack, pray that the other decoration doesn't melt down....THIS bead required a lot of prayer...and thank you God....it all came together perfectly. Ready to wear with free Beadhopper "hardware"...
1 1/2 inch high bead, $ 80
# 9 - The Aquarium Showcase Bead
This is kind of a strange bead - it's really beautiful and interesting in my opion...but it's almost too big to wear. Also, in the picture it looks like it has a strange angle to it - in reality, it doesn't. It's perfectly square...On one side the decoration is on the surface, on the other it's encased...That was not my original plan, but after the first hour and a half the beadrelease broke, so I followed the "higher plan" and finished it like this, which is kind of cool...
1 1/2 inch high bead, 3/4 inch thick, with lots of detail, $ 120
What are "Reef Beads"?
Unlike "regular" beads with an Aquarium or Ocean bead, which are worn vertical, like the few beads listed above, the Reef beads are meant to be worn with the hole vertically. They are built around a thin "core slice" - which allows to have two different designs in the same bead - in this case, a swimming turtle and/or fish on the one side, which just looks like water - while the other side "houses" all kinds of creatures and plants that you typically find on a reef - so there is also a little bit of the reef itself shown. All of my reef balls today come with a FREE Beadhoppers necklace (except for the mini reef ball, which is strung on a neckwire). Just let me know which length you prefer...(sorry about the BOLD typeface, I can't get rid of it somehow....)
# 10 - Mini Reef Ball
A pretty little bead that might take you back to your last vacation.... perfect to be worn at the nape of the neck, which is why this bead comes with a free Beadhoppers neckwire in the length of your choice...
3/4 inch high, $ 50
# 11 - Turtle Bay Reef Ball
Another bead in the "Reef Ball" series...this one has nice cheery orange tones in it - as mentioned above, it will be shipped with a free Beadhopper necklace, length of your choice (a $ 20 value)....
1 inch wide (measured across the hole) focal, $ 90
# 12 - Great Barrier Reef Ball
This is a mid-size Reef Ball, somewhere between the mini Reef Ball and the Turtle Bay one...with a nice BLUE look to it.... what is really bizarre is the way the little Fish murrini look in the photograph - you can clearly see the clear layer around the clownfish murrini....kind of bubbly - but in person, all you can see is the fish. Strange....
3/4 inch wide and 1 inch high, comes with Beadhoppers Necklace, $ 80
# 13 - Blue Lagoon Reef Ball
This is one of the beads where photography just can't "catch it". The inner layer of this Reef Ball was made with Double Helix triton, and then encased before the oceany decoration was applied. It has that beautiful "Tritonian shimmer" to it.... one of my favorite beads today....a little large than the previoua ones...
1 inch in diameter, comes with Beadhoppers necklace, $ 95
that's all for the fishy stuff.... now a few "non-fishy" things:
# 14 - Let there be light - Christmas Light
I actually made these beads while taking pictures of a tutorial I made for the SodaLimesTimes....nothing dramatically special...but cute.
One inch long, wire-wrapped, ready to hang.
8 beads for $ 30
# 15 - "Chew in Peace"
In case you check my Facebook page, you might remember this one... a little dog urn. This is probably the only one I will ever make - unless someone has a special request (I am practicing dog-faces...). The MAKING of the body is the smallest part of this - grinding the stopper so that it fits took me actually longer than making the vessel. The stopper does fit really well, if you TURN it till it fits snugly, but if you would like to WEAR this little treasure, I would recommend that you glue the stopper in place after filling the vessel with some ashes. Definitely one of a kind.
2 inches tall with stand and handmade bone charm, $ 140
# 16 - Hollow Lavender Earrings
Another "as seen on Facebook" item - Earrings with hollow lavender beads - made with the new Beadhoppers "Glass End Kit". Fun to make, but if you just want something to "grab and wear", you'll love these (nice transparent lavender, doesn't show in the picture...).
1 1/2 inch high (plus sterling earwires), $ 25
# 17 - Hollow Olive green Earrings
1.5 inches long, $ 25
Thanks so much for stopping by.....I appreciate your interest - and feedback is welcome too!