THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MY BEADS
I make each of these glass beads using a process called lampworking. I have a shed studio and use a dual fuel (propane/oxygen) torch to melt glass rods over a mandrel and form them into the basic shapes listed below. A strong ventilation system removes the chemicals that are part of coloring the glass that aren’t good for me to breathe when I’m melting the glass. Then the beads are soaked and annealed overnight in a digitally controlled kiln to slowly reduce the molten glass back down to room temperature to remove internal stresses and toughen the beads.
There are eight basic shapes:
- Spacers 8-12mm
- Tiny Spacers 4-6mm
- Nuggets 8-12mm
- Tiny Nuggets 4-6mm
- Chunky Faceted Round 13-19mm
- Faceted Round 8-12mm
- Links 12-18mm (1/4” or 7mm hole)
- Teardrop Pendant 20-24mm x 23-36mm (3/8” or 10mm hole)
BEAD HOLE SIZE: The beads are wound on mandrels 1/16” in diameter (1.58mm). If you need larger bead holes for kumihimo, leather cord, cotton cord, or thicker wire, please specify in the notes or in a follow-up email. The other options are: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm.
BEAD SHAPE: My beads tend to lean toward the organic, which is why the size range varies. If you are needing a particular size, more perfect shape, or more organic shapes, please specify.
BEAD STRANDS: I usually string my bead strands on small cards. I find it helps protect the beads in transit. However, if you are ordering larger quantities of beads, I can string the strands in larger quantities. Just let me know your preferences.
INVENTORY AND SHIPPING: I keep a small stash of about 100 beads on hand. If your order is larger or I have a number orders, I will give you an estimated date of shipping/delivery.
GLASS WARNING: I’ve made thousands of beads and I make a lot of jewelry using my own beads. I’m pretty rough on my jewelry and it has held up well. However, I will always caution that glass beads have the potential to break, so please be careful with the beads. Also, please exercise caution around children so they aren’t a swallowing hazard for them.
GLASS MANUFACTURERS: I use a mix of glass from Creation is Messy (China), Lauscha (Germany), Vetrofond (Italy), and Effetre/Moretti (Italy). All are high quality glass in 104 COE (soft glass). I use these three manufacturers because of the range of colors available.