Heidi Sever's Profile

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"Ex-Stockbroker Turned Glass Beadmaker and Jewelry Designer" creating and offering wearable glass and jewelry art for you.

I live in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri with my husband and two dogs, all three of whom saw firsthand how this handmade glass and jewelry journey began.

Creating jewelry became an obsession for me around the summer of 2005. Prior to that it was a controlled, infrequent hobby centered around stringing seed beads. When I figured out that I could actually make something that I would be proud to wear at my conservative, professional business office, then all hell broke loose. To make matters worse, my husband thought it would be neat to get me a glass beadmaking starter kit for my birthday a few months later. He hinted at his idea and I replied, “If you think making jewelry is expensive, don’t even think…

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  • Female
  • Joined January 7, 2008

Favorite materials

glass to create my handmade beads, semiprecious stones, coral, wood, shells, sterling silver, Bali silver, Hill Tribe silver, pressed glass, swarovski crystals and lucite

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About

"Ex-Stockbroker Turned Glass Beadmaker and Jewelry Designer" creating and offering wearable glass and jewelry art for you.

I live in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri with my husband and two dogs, all three of whom saw firsthand how this handmade glass and jewelry journey began.

Creating jewelry became an obsession for me around the summer of 2005. Prior to that it was a controlled, infrequent hobby centered around stringing seed beads. When I figured out that I could actually make something that I would be proud to wear at my conservative, professional business office, then all hell broke loose. To make matters worse, my husband thought it would be neat to get me a glass beadmaking starter kit for my birthday a few months later. He hinted at his idea and I replied, “If you think making jewelry is expensive, don’t even think about making beads!”

I warned him.

Just a few months later I became an ex-stockbroker turned glass beadmaker and jewelry designer.

Many mornings are like Christmas at my house. The first thing I do when I wake up is head straight for the kiln to see and touch my latest glass goodies if I spent time at my torch the previous day. What will the kiln fairy bless me with this morning? Oooh la la! Yummy glass goodies! And then I can’t wait to turn my beads into a wearable piece of art jewelry. What is better?

I have a studio at home with a torch, a digital kiln to anneal my glass creations and the fuel to really heat things up: a propane tank and a big honkin’ oxygen tank that reside on my back porch. Both feed directly to the torch in my studio where I melt and manipulate glass. I use all sorts of colors and types of glass and often incorporate silver, gold or palladium leaf for another level of visual interest. I make glass beads, hollow beads, buttons, pendants, small sculptures and my latest excursion into the glass world, vessels. All are properly annealed and cleaned.

Learn more about me, my beads and designs, events and classes on my website, www.heidisever.com.

I hope you enjoy my handmade beads and jewelry half as much as I enjoyed making them!

--Heidi

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