AnnieAlta

Handmade Lampwork Beads, Bead Sets and Jewelry

Bellevue, Washington

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    Happy new year to my wonderful friends and customers! Hope you are healthy, happy, and leaning into the longer days and brighter times ahead. How to say thank you to fellow artists and kind-hearted souls who purchase from my Etsy shop? I wish I had words. Thank you so very much.

My passion is creating encased floral glass lampwork beads. I fire up a Bethleham brand Alpha Bravo torch hooked to an oxygen concentrator and propane to melt glass into stringers. I use these stringers like paintbrushes to make pretty beads (and always a few wonky beads. Laughing!). An old coffee grinder serves as the perfect frit maker to make custom frit color combinations - just the right size for the encased beads.

Each glass color has a different viscosity, different levels of heat tolerance, and different reactions to heat and nearby other colors. Building tiny layers of glass requires a steady hand and attention to detail in the flame. Encasing with clear needs patience and no smooshing the flowers! All beads are kiln-annealed overnight, washed, and drill cleaned.

I offer free shipping over $35, and will gladly combine shipping. My studio is here in Washington state, which is where I ship from. I use Pirate Ship to keep the cost as low as possible.

If you would like to swap a clasp from one type to another (magnetic to claw for example) let me know. I'll always include pony lacing cord with your bead order so you can line the beads for a snugger fit. Or, I can pre-line your beads, let me know!

You have kept me going when local shows and venues had to cancel month after month and our lives turned upside down. Not sure what the new normal will be for so many of us, but sensing it will be good and we'll sort things out. So grateful for your purchases and your wonderful notes. Here's to brighter days ahead with love and laughter, hugs, and gratitude.

An extra special thank you for supporting lampworkers and valuing our products. You truly are our oxygen.

Hugs,

Val

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Last updated on Jan 14, 2022

Happy new year to my wonderful friends and customers! Hope you are healthy, happy, and leaning into the longer days and brighter times ahead. How to say thank you to fellow artists and kind-hearted souls who purchase from my Etsy shop? I wish I had words. Thank you so very much.

My passion is creating encased floral glass lampwork beads. I fire up a Bethleham brand Alpha Bravo torch hooked to an oxygen concentrator and propane to melt glass into stringers. I use these stringers like paintbrushes to make pretty beads (and always a few wonky beads. Laughing!). An old coffee grinder serves as the perfect frit maker to make custom frit color combinations - just the right size for the encased beads.

Each glass color has a different viscosity, different levels of heat tolerance, and different reactions to heat and nearby other colors. Building tiny layers of glass requires a steady hand and attention to detail in the flame. Encasing with clear needs patience and no smooshing the flowers! All beads are kiln-annealed overnight, washed, and drill cleaned.

I offer free shipping over $35, and will gladly combine shipping. My studio is here in Washington state, which is where I ship from. I use Pirate Ship to keep the cost as low as possible.

If you would like to swap a clasp from one type to another (magnetic to claw for example) let me know. I'll always include pony lacing cord with your bead order so you can line the beads for a snugger fit. Or, I can pre-line your beads, let me know!

You have kept me going when local shows and venues had to cancel month after month and our lives turned upside down. Not sure what the new normal will be for so many of us, but sensing it will be good and we'll sort things out. So grateful for your purchases and your wonderful notes. Here's to brighter days ahead with love and laughter, hugs, and gratitude.

An extra special thank you for supporting lampworkers and valuing our products. You truly are our oxygen.

Hugs,

Val

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About AnnieAlta

Sales 306
On Etsy since 2017

The Story of Annie Alta

I Love the flame. I love painting tiny pictures with hot glass.

Hello, my name is Val. I started lampworking in 2010. The shop's name (Annie Alta) is part Aunt Ann, who loved to sketch flowers and trees, and Gramma Alta, a person of steadfast compassion, faith, love, and positivity to everyone around her.

Many of my customers are jewelry artists. If you want a special bead or bead set for a project, or want colors or color combinations, drop me a note. If you're planning a wedding, birthday, holiday or special occasion, jewelry made with unique artisan lampwork beads is truly a keepsake.

Thank you for visiting. Be safe. Stay strong. Stay well. Remember what matters. We've all been through so much this year. Be kind to you always. - Val

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  • Annie Alta - Valerie Coxon

    Owner

    Lampworker since 2011. Living a blessed life working with hot glass, jewelry, and my wonderful customers. Gaining wisdom, patience, and great reflexes one hot bead at a time.

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Last updated on Oct 25, 2021
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Custom and personalized orders

Would be happy to extend the length of any necklace by adding a color-coordinated chain at the neck.

Would be happy to change any clasp from a magnet clasp to a color-coordinated toggle, lobster, or hook and eye.

Will gladly create a necklace or bracelet from any bead set listed here.