Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants. Wirewrap, Viking Knit, and Bead Crochet Jewelry.


Beads and Jewelry, Art and Fashion

Please visit my GALLERY for fabulous fashionable handcrafted lampwork glass beads, pendants, and wire wrap jewelry.

Let me tell you about myself. I was born in Chicago and received my B.A. in American Studies there at Roosevelt University in 1977. I have lived in Southern California since 1984. I have a husband, two married children, and five very cute grandchildren. After retiring from years of teaching in the Los Angeles Public Schools, I found the time to pursue my interest in art and fashion, exploring various media until I developed a special fascination with the arts of lampworking (hot glass bead making) and jewelry design. I then perfected my skill by studying with experts in lampworking and jewelry design at various art studios in Southern California.

I teach various types of jewelry design at shows in California. This allows me to combine my passions for teaching and jewelry. See http://www.beadshaper.com/page/classesandshows for upcoming classes.

When I make glass beads, I am inspired by the colors of my environment. I take great joy in mixing colors and coming up with new designs. My work is unique because I follow my color instincts.

I make my one of a kind lampwork glass beads and glass pendant beads by first taking a long Moretti glass rod and heating it with a gas torch (the lamp). I wind the molten glass on a metal mandrell to form a bead which is then embellished with dichroic, stringer, or glass fritte accents. The bead is then placed in a kiln and annealed slowly overnight. Slow kiln annealing produces a rock hard bright colored bead. The bead is then soaked in a special solution and cleaned to remove residue. I incorporate these glass beads and pendants, sometimes together with semi-precious stones, into hand made sterling silver, gold fill, and copper necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using the wire wrap technique. The result is a beautiful piece of jewelry.

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