Lampwork Beads

More Pandora-Style Lampwork Beads

Yep, more Pandora-style lampwork bead information and photos!  This time, created with my own two hands.  Along with glass and a torch and...you get the idea!

If you're not up to speed on what exactly Pandora beads are, take a look at my lampwork Pandora bead post -- it will give you the "hole" story!

Unique Lampwork Pandora-Style Beads

Pandora-Style Kitty Bead

Pandora-Style Kitty Bead

I've been working on some new ideas, to make some of these wonderful beads different from the beads sold on the official Pandora site.  Not that they aren't nice, but they are a bit on the plain side (which can of course be good at times).

Meanwhile, I decided to go in a totally opposite direction, and my cats were my inspiration!

The kitty bead you see on the right is rather small, at just 15mm tall, but it plays well on a Pandora (Biagi, Chamilla, Troll) bracelet.  Enough to stand out from the everyday, without overwhelming the bracelet.

You may notice that the bead isn't silver lined.  Some of my kitties I left "au naturale" and some I did line with sterling rivets.  Thought it might be nice to have a choice.

OK, that's one kitty; are you up for another?

Seal Point Cat Pandora Style Bead

Seal Point Cat Pandora Style Bead

Here's what I call my "Kyle Kitty", after a seal-point Ragdoll cat that I once had.  And you might notice that I did put the sterling silver rivets in my "Kyle Kitty".

Right now I'm trying to figure out the color I need to use for my "Rusty" cat bead.  Rusty is my orange tabby, and finding just the right color in glass has been daunting!  But I'll figure it out eventually.

And if you're wondering...yep, I will eventually make pint-sized dogs and bunnies and other assorted critters into my Pandora-style beads.

A More Traditional Pandora-Style Bead

A More Traditional Pandora-Style Bead

Still, I haven't abandoned a more traditional bead, like the one you see to your right.  After all, sometimes a gal just wants to be a little more traditional -- in shape, if not in color!

At any rate, feel free to mosey on over to my store site and see all the Pandora-style bead goodies I have to offer.  Along with other kinds of lampwork beads as well.  And in the meantime, I hope you've enjoyed the picture show!

Another Weekend, More Handmade Lampwork Beads

Another weekend has passed, and I have more lampwork beads to show for it.  I wish I could do some lampwork during the week, but I rarely have time (except for maybe making twisties and stringers).  But on Saturday and Sunday...time to torch!

Autumn Sun Lampwork BeadsHere's something I want to make into a set.  I call it "Autumn Sun" because of the various yellows and oranges -- just seems to me to be fall colors.

And this bead was made with a twistie!  Yeah, I know -- it sure doesn't look like it.  But then again, I am always trying something new and different.

It's really prettier in person than in the photo, and please excuse the light reflections (I have to find my photo tent again...).  This bead is about 21mm in diameter, and between 7 and 8 mm thick.  I think when I make it into a set, though, I'll stick to the 18mm size, maybe even the 15mm.

Another bead from the weekend was made using shards.  Shards are very, very thin pieces of glass that when applied to a bead, give it an extra "omph".

Cosmic Storm Lampwork BeadThis one was a trial bead, to see if I like the shards enough to buy more and make a set.  I'm still kind of up in the air about this one.  I do like the effect (I call this one "Cosmic Storm"), but I'm not quite sure about the color contrast (i.e. is there enough).

This bead is very tactile; the fine silver gives it a texture that makes you want to holdit in your hand and fondle the bead.  I know, there are all kinds of jokes about "fondling beads", but it's true!  Once you have them in your hands, you want to keep looking at them and touching them.

On another note about texture and shape, I made a seashell bead this weekend and it actually looked like a seashell!  However, I want to get some more practice in before I show a picture -- maybe a "before" (this weekend's bead) and then an "after" (once I've made a few more).

Well, that's it for today.  In the meanwhile, I'll leave you with some handmade lampwork beads for sale, that all have the word "silver" in their title (thought I'd do something a little different).  But if you want a larger list of more than just the "silver" lampwork beads, [nmslink:lampwork beads SRA, here they are]!

NEW ROUND SILVER BEADS Laurie Geller Handmade Focal Glass Lampwork Bead SRA
NEW ROUND SILVER BEADS Laurie Geller Handmade Focal Glass Lampwork Bead SRA
$14.00
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NEW SILVER FACE BEAD Laurie Geller Handmade Focal Glass Lampwork Bead SRA
NEW SILVER FACE BEAD Laurie Geller Handmade Focal Glass Lampwork Bead SRA
$25.00
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Janets Beads 1 16 Double Helix Silver Blu BeadsLampWork Glass Beads ISGB SRA
Janets Beads 1 16 Double Helix Silver Blu BeadsLampWork Glass Beads ISGB SRA
$24.00
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ROA Lampwork 2 Rhubarb Pink Silver Blue Ruffle Handmade Disc Art Glass Beads SRA
ROA Lampwork 2 Rhubarb Pink Silver Blue Ruffle Handmade Disc Art Glass Beads SRA
$3.24
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NEW SILVER BEADS Laurie Geller Handmade Focal Glass Lampwork Bead SRA
NEW SILVER BEADS Laurie Geller Handmade Focal Glass Lampwork Bead SRA
$25.00
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Handmade Lampwork Beads

Handmade lampwork beads are a thing of joy to behold.  They are also fun to make most days.  Then again, there are days that every bead is hard-won.  For me, that happened to be yesterday.

The Joys and Tribulations of Lampworking

Otherworld Handmade Lampwork BeadSometimes ideas, glass and coordination all line up and beads seem to make themselves.  Other times, coordination or ideas are lacking, making the lampwork beads a struggle to create.

I'm not exactly sure what was lacking yesterday (probably the coordination), but the beads didn't flow like they normally do.  Well, maybe I do know.  Half-way through my session I had to go and grab my reading glasses!  And let me tell you, it's not fun to wear two sets of glasses (the others being the AUR-92 for the lampworking).

But after I did put the reading glasses on, "Otherworld" (bead to the right) was born.  I was able to see well enough to lay down the goldstone and make it sparkly.  Once I got everything all encased, I then added the SIS on top.  I'm a lousey photographer, but the bead has some wonderful depth to it.

Blue PlanetI also ended up with "Blue Planet" (to the left).  Kind of the same general design as "Otherworld", but still somewhat different.  I liked this one so much that I went out today and made a set to go with it!  Right now, they are cooling down in the kiln.  Can't wait until they are cool enough to take out!

Handmade Lampwork Beads and Experiments

On days when I can't seem to make two beads the same (or even vaguely alike), I will many times make test beads.  By that I mean try different colors together, maybe a different shape or  size from normal.

I decided yesterday was a good time to run some tests!  So I played with some of the lampwork shards I've bought lately.  One, called "Dragon's Breath" holds some promise.  Another, "Cherry Blush" was pretty.  Two more I don't think I've got the hang of!

It used to be that when I was having a bad day at the torch, I would keep on trying to make my sets, regardless of how bad I was doing.  Now, I use my bad days to experiment and try new things.

In another month os so, I'll be opening back up my Etsy store, and will be listing beads here and there on ebay.  But if you are in need of beads right now, here are some pretty blue beads from ebay, for your viewing pleasure.

Ny6design LampWork Blue Ribbon Strips beads 23mm 8pcsE9
Ny6design LampWork Blue Ribbon Strips beads 23mm 8pcsE9
$6.99
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LOT of 14 Hand Made Lampwork Glass Beads Orphan RED WHITE BLUE Patriotic Set
LOT of 14 Hand Made Lampwork Glass Beads Orphan RED WHITE BLUE Patriotic Set
$6.00
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 59m
elasia Blue Sky Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads SRA ooak
elasia Blue Sky Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads SRA ooak
$24.00
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5 Handmade Lampwork Red Blue Gold Glazing 20mm Glass BeadsG89E83
5 Handmade Lampwork Red Blue Gold Glazing 20mm Glass BeadsG89E83
$1.50
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Pair of Hand Made Lampwork Glass Beads Aqua Blue + Orange Dots
Pair of Hand Made Lampwork Glass Beads Aqua Blue + Orange Dots
$3.00
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Lampwork Pandora Beads

Lampwork Pandora beads go by many names.  Sometimes they are called Murano beads, sometimes glass beads.  Ah, but once you've seen artisan handmade lampwork beads, you may never want to go back!

Lampwork Glass Pandora Beads (Click for larger image)

Lampwork Glass Pandora Beads (Click for larger image)

Step right up and learn about the gorgeous handmade lampwork beads that await you!

First -- What Are Pandora Beads?

If you're not familiar with the term, Pandora beads basically means the beads have a large hole that will fit on a Pandora-style bracelet.  The minimum hole size is 4.4mm.

Beads that fit a Pandora bracelet will also fit the bracelets for other major manufacturers -- Biagi, Troll and Chamilla.  The reverse is true, except for Troll.  You see, the thread-end on the Troll bracelets is smaller, so it can accept a bead with a smaller hole -- around 4mm.  This means that a bead designed specifically for a Troll bracelet will not fit over the end of the others.

Naturally, similar bracelets that are not the official Biagi, Pandora, Chamilla or Troll abound.  And to be honest, I have both an authentic Pandora as well as an unnamed bracelet of a Troll-style; I wear and enjoy them both.

Why Artisan Lampwork Beads?

I am definitely showing my bias here, seeing as I make handmade lampwork beads.  But in all honesty, the artisan-made lampwork beads are hands-down a better value.  Why?
Artisan Handmade Lampwork Bead, Pandora-Style

Artisan Handmade Lampwork Bead, Pandora-Style

If you look on the official websites for the bracelet manufacturers, you'll see that they start at around $25 per bead and go up from there.  The beads are nice enough, but worth $25?  Let's put it this way; I have middle-of-the-road prices on my handmade beads, and I would only charge about $7 for a bead the official sites charge $25 for.  They are small, plain beads that can be made quickly.

For between $10 and $25, you can get a larger, more intricate and/or more colorful lampwork bead.  And yes, I did make the beads in the photos above; these are in the $14 range.

I know of other lampworkers who make the simpler beads, who sell them for less than $10.  Sometimes you can get lucky and get a lovely one for under $5.

I also know of some fellow lampworkers who make extremely detailed, extremely gorgeous artisan lampwork beads for between $25 and $50.  These are truly works of art, and I catch my breath whenever I see them.

So those are a few reasons to choose the artisan lampwork Pandora beads over the official beads.  And like I said before, the official beads are nice enough, but pale in comparison to the quality lampwork beads.

Of course, you are welcome to visit my store for artisan handmade lampwork beads, Pandora-style and more!

I thought I would leave you with some beautiful handmade lampwork beads shown on ebay.  I'm sure you'll agree that there are some true beauties there! 

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