PolychromeBeads' Shop Announcement

TaTaTaxDay Sale! Everything in the store is on sale for 10% off! I am so happy that tax season is over (and I am sure you are too!) that I felt the great need to have a sale to celebrate. Sale good now through the end of April (that's Thursday the 30th if you need the specifics!), so shop often and come back for more!

I am a self-representing artist and have been making glass beads for about fifteen years now. I have been an artist for much, much longer (don't even ask how long - it might give away my age!). My beads are made using a technique called "lampworking". The glass is melted in a VERY VERY hot flame and "wound" onto a metal rod, called a mandrel, that has previously been coated with a clay-like substance called a release. When all the decoration is finished the bead, still on the mandrel and still very hot, is placed into a 965-degree kiln to "anneal" overnight. This allows the glass to get to the same temperature throughout, and then cool down slowly to prevent cracking. Beads that are not annealed can be little "time bombs" waiting to crack!

I also have a website,, where you will find links to my auctions, gallery pages of past work, and my bloggy ramblings!

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.