happy lampwork animal beads to make you smile
I especially enjoy making colorful, happy animal beads. Many are cat beads (inspired by my own cats Aurora and Nokomis). But I also do birds, parrots, fish, whales and other creatures. I like making a play on traditional animal amulets and talismans - for example with my Japanese lucky cats (maneki neko) or my colorful scarabs. I like to feel my beads are little "persons" with personalities and special powers.
I love the bright colors and optical properties of the glass. I have fun making colorful beads of all kinds: decorated spacers, large hole charm bracelet beads, leaf and flower beads, etc. But in truth I tend to think of these "other" beads as accessories for "my guys".
I make individual beads suitable for use in your own jewelry projects or to wear on a European-style charm bracelet. I also make finished jewelry: dangle earrings, glass rings, beaded bracelets and pendants. I've even been known to make buttons and cabinet knobs.
I hope something in my shop will make you smile!
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And if you want to learn more about how my beads are made you might check out the tutorial I contributed to the summer 2012 issue of The Glass Bead, the ISGB magazine.