LarissaSpafford

Artisan Glass Beads and Jewelry

Bend, Oregon · 473 Sales

LarissaSpafford

Artisan Glass Beads and Jewelry

Bend, Oregon 473 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(169)

Announcement   Hi! Welcome to Larissa Spafford Designs on Etsy. Thanks so much for visiting! I use the lampworking technique, also known as flameworking or torchworking, to make my artisan glass beads. I use them to make earrings, necklaces, pendants and zipper pulls that are colorful and fun to wear. I also make large hole beads lined with silver to fit your Pandora, Trollbeads and similar European and domestic interchangeable jewelry brands. They can be personalized by hand stamping special dates into silver caps that are attached to the bead.

Each bead is made one at a time. They are built from the center outward around a steel mandrel that has been dipped in a clay like coating that prevents the glass from sticking. Each color that you see begins as a different rod of glass. I often layer many colors to get the perfect color and give it depth.

Bead making requires a delicate balance of heat. The bead must be hot enough to work and prevent cracking, but not so hot that it smears delicate details or drips (unless that's the effect I'm going for!). When hot, the color is different than when cool, so I never know exactly how a new design will look when I am making it.

Once the bead is finished it goes directly from the flame into my digitally controlled kiln for annealing. This evens out stresses created during the working process and makes the beads more durable. Once annealed, the round ones are similar in strength to marbles. Beads with an irregular shape, like flowers, are more delicate, but still more durable than you might think. If treated carefully, they will last longer than us!

I make many of my own jewelry components from recycled silver. The ones I don’t make, are made from recycled silver and/or made in the US whenever available. My tags and boxes are also made from recycled materials.

3% of sales are donated to Bend Habitat for Humanity. I chose to give to Habitat for Humanity for a very personal reason. Before my family lived in Bend, we lived in our very own Habitat for Humanity home in Port Townsend, WA. I am deeply and forever grateful to each person that was involved in making owning a home a possibility for our family. Habitat for Humanity truly is a wonderful organization making a difference in the world.

Some of the work you see here is already made and ready to ship in 1-2 business days. Other pieces are made to order. Please read the listing description for details of when each item will ship before purchasing.

If a piece is made to order, please allow up to four weeks for me to create your item. It is very likely that it won't take that long, and I will keep you updated on your order and estimated date it will be shipped.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks so much for visiting my shop:) Larissa

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 6, 2017

Hi! Welcome to Larissa Spafford Designs on Etsy. Thanks so much for visiting! I use the lampworking technique, also known as flameworking or torchworking, to make my artisan glass beads. I use them to make earrings, necklaces, pendants and zipper pulls that are colorful and fun to wear. I also make large hole beads lined with silver to fit your Pandora, Trollbeads and similar European and domestic interchangeable jewelry brands. They can be personalized by hand stamping special dates into silver caps that are attached to the bead.

Each bead is made one at a time. They are built from the center outward around a steel mandrel that has been dipped in a clay like coating that prevents the glass from sticking. Each color that you see begins as a different rod of glass. I often layer many colors to get the perfect color and give it depth.

Bead making requires a delicate balance of heat. The bead must be hot enough to work and prevent cracking, but not so hot that it smears delicate details or drips (unless that's the effect I'm going for!). When hot, the color is different than when cool, so I never know exactly how a new design will look when I am making it.

Once the bead is finished it goes directly from the flame into my digitally controlled kiln for annealing. This evens out stresses created during the working process and makes the beads more durable. Once annealed, the round ones are similar in strength to marbles. Beads with an irregular shape, like flowers, are more delicate, but still more durable than you might think. If treated carefully, they will last longer than us!

I make many of my own jewelry components from recycled silver. The ones I don’t make, are made from recycled silver and/or made in the US whenever available. My tags and boxes are also made from recycled materials.

3% of sales are donated to Bend Habitat for Humanity. I chose to give to Habitat for Humanity for a very personal reason. Before my family lived in Bend, we lived in our very own Habitat for Humanity home in Port Townsend, WA. I am deeply and forever grateful to each person that was involved in making owning a home a possibility for our family. Habitat for Humanity truly is a wonderful organization making a difference in the world.

Some of the work you see here is already made and ready to ship in 1-2 business days. Other pieces are made to order. Please read the listing description for details of when each item will ship before purchasing.

If a piece is made to order, please allow up to four weeks for me to create your item. It is very likely that it won't take that long, and I will keep you updated on your order and estimated date it will be shipped.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks so much for visiting my shop:) Larissa

Larissa Spafford

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5 out of 5 stars
(169)
aquablue02

aquablue02 on Jun 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love love love these zipper pulls! Very beautiful. Thank you again for another beautiful piece. Larissa is wonderful. I highly recommend! Thank you again :)

aquablue02

aquablue02 on May 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful glass bead zipper pull! Shipped fast to. Thank you Larissa for the lovely note :) 5 star seller! I will buy from again. Thank you :)

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About

It all started with a bathrobe...

Just before our first Christmas together, there was a present under the tree for me from my husband Robbie. He seemed nervous, like he had put a lot of thought into it and said he hoped I would like it. I said “I’m sure as long as it’s not something boring like a bathrobe, I will like it.” He looked extremely disappointed and told me to open it up right then. It WAS a bathrobe! He immediately left to return it, and I felt like a big fat jerk.

We didn’t know at the time, but the present he chose to replace it, turned out to be one of the best presents he could have gotten. It was my first bead making torch!!!!!

At first I learned from a book. After a year, I took my first bead making class. I kept going, took more classes, experimented, kept learning and discovering what I could do with glass. It has been almost 2 decades (!!!!) since I began. My beads have found homes all over the world. I have set up my booth at farmer's markets, street fairs and festivals and even some of the best contemporary craft shows in the country. My work has been featured in various publications including Step by Step Beads Magazine. One of my specialty flower beads was chosen for the International Society of Glass Bead Makers Perspectives Exhibit which went to Japan.

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  • Larissa Spafford

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Shipping, Etc., Etc......

    For almost two decades now, Larissa has been making glass beads. She has been making jewelry almost as long as she can remember. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Robbie and their two teenage sons.

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Last updated on July 6, 2017
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