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I've always had a fondness for jewelry of all kinds, athough my particular interest in beads and lampworking began in 2005. While browsing in an elegant boutique, I fell in love with a stunning necklace made of shimmering Tahitian pearls and colorful, intricately decorated glass beads. Alas, being way out of my price range, the necklace had to remain behind. However, upon finding out that the beads were handmade "lampwork", I was inspired and determined to learn more about the craft. One thing led to another - I studied every book and other publication that I could find on the subject and watched countless live demos on-line, on video, and at craft shows. Later that year I completed a course in beadmaking at the Worcester Center For Crafts. Eventually (after many months of practice, practice, practice), my beads became "giftworthy" for family and friends. It was then that the chorus of "you should be selling these" began. So, I listed…

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  • Female
  • Joined June 2, 2008

Favorite materials

Soda Lime Glass, Borosilicate Glass, Premium Frit, Enamels, Powders, Italian Pure Silver Foil, Silver Leaf, Fine Silver Wire, Gold Leaf

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About

I've always had a fondness for jewelry of all kinds, athough my particular interest in beads and lampworking began in 2005. While browsing in an elegant boutique, I fell in love with a stunning necklace made of shimmering Tahitian pearls and colorful, intricately decorated glass beads. Alas, being way out of my price range, the necklace had to remain behind. However, upon finding out that the beads were handmade "lampwork", I was inspired and determined to learn more about the craft. One thing led to another - I studied every book and other publication that I could find on the subject and watched countless live demos on-line, on video, and at craft shows. Later that year I completed a course in beadmaking at the Worcester Center For Crafts. Eventually (after many months of practice, practice, practice), my beads became "giftworthy" for family and friends. It was then that the chorus of "you should be selling these" began. So, I listed a few sets (initially on eBay), just to see what would happen.....and sell they did! Making glass beads quickly became not only a wonderful, fulfilling hobby, but truly an obsession (of the best kind ). My beadmaking skills have come a long way since 2005, yet I've only begun to uncover the mystery and magic of molten glass. Without a doubt, one of my favorite places to be is in my studio space, listening to iTunes, while happily melting and mixing that glass on either my GTT Lynx or Nortel Minor torch. Then of course there's always the anticipation of opening the kiln hours later to see what the fairies therein have bestowed!

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