Beadfairy

Artisan Lampwork Beads - hand made Glass Beads

Bartholomä, Germany
7,822 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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

Announcement    Hi Lampwork Bead friends :)
If you're missing something (probably cone beads) please take a look at my website shop (www.beadfairy.de)
I added a lot of new "ready to ship" beads there!
Orders come often in as bulk and I process one order after the other. So, sometimes it can happen that it takes a few days longer than indicated, as all glass beads are handmade!
Some words about prices:
Some wonder why glass beads are expensive and even especially the small beads. Let me explain, that also the small beads are hand made and need their time to be made. Not only time is a fact of matter. There are daily material costs as power and gas. Sometimes beads need
to be made over a few times, like when they do not have proceeded the right color in the flame. Silver Glass for example is a very special glass what changes the color in the flame, depending on using high or low oxygen in the flame.
But there is one small thing that cannot be influenced and this falls under the category of meteorological influences, air pressure or density.As unbelievable as it sounds, there are days when shiny metallic silver glass almost doesn't succeed, depending on what the air pressure/density is like.
But back to the prices and the glass beads and the amount of work.
Something that also affects prices is what glass is used. There are different glassworks that vary widely in price. CIM glass is usually very expensive.Also, any glass containing silver as it contains fine silver. Pink glass is also very expensive as it contains fine gold to even get that color. There are hand drawn glasses and special colors that are not found in the conventional color palette and are accordingly expensive.
You see, there are so many factors that are used to calculate the price of glass beads.
Many glass beads are finished with 0.999 fine silver - in the form of wire or leaf/foil. There are various materials that can be combined with glass, and accordingly, they are included in the glass bead price under the heading of material costs.

Now back to the working time. Different glass beads require different laborious steps, such as stringer pulling, twisties turning, making murrinis, etc....
No matter how big a glass bead is. Each one is detached from the mandrel after the cooling time in the furnace and cleaned under running water with the Dremel. Then the beads are sorted and inspected to make sure they are sound. Now each order is carefully checked and packed, prepared for shipment and labeled. So many time-consuming steps are needed before your glass beads leave our factory.
Not to mention the currency conversion from US$ to €uro and the Etsy fees (including payment processing fees)!
All together this is the price that goes into your glass beads. From the love of making, processing, packaging and the material and operating costs. An incredible amount of time and attention to detail goes into YOUR very special glass bead!
Enjoy!

Please check out also my website www.beadfairy.de.
All beads are kiln annealed for strength and lifetime durability.
Thanks! :)

I'm a self representing artist #H24

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 3, 2021

Hi Lampwork Bead friends :)
If you're missing something (probably cone beads) please take a look at my website shop (www.beadfairy.de)
I added a lot of new "ready to ship" beads there!
Orders come often in as bulk and I process one order after the other. So, sometimes it can happen that it takes a few days longer than indicated, as all glass beads are handmade!
Some words about prices:
Some wonder why glass beads are expensive and even especially the small beads. Let me explain, that also the small beads are hand made and need their time to be made. Not only time is a fact of matter. There are daily material costs as power and gas. Sometimes beads need
to be made over a few times, like when they do not have proceeded the right color in the flame. Silver Glass for example is a very special glass what changes the color in the flame, depending on using high or low oxygen in the flame.
But there is one small thing that cannot be influenced and this falls under the category of meteorological influences, air pressure or density.As unbelievable as it sounds, there are days when shiny metallic silver glass almost doesn't succeed, depending on what the air pressure/density is like.
But back to the prices and the glass beads and the amount of work.
Something that also affects prices is what glass is used. There are different glassworks that vary widely in price. CIM glass is usually very expensive.Also, any glass containing silver as it contains fine silver. Pink glass is also very expensive as it contains fine gold to even get that color. There are hand drawn glasses and special colors that are not found in the conventional color palette and are accordingly expensive.
You see, there are so many factors that are used to calculate the price of glass beads.
Many glass beads are finished with 0.999 fine silver - in the form of wire or leaf/foil. There are various materials that can be combined with glass, and accordingly, they are included in the glass bead price under the heading of material costs.

Now back to the working time. Different glass beads require different laborious steps, such as stringer pulling, twisties turning, making murrinis, etc....
No matter how big a glass bead is. Each one is detached from the mandrel after the cooling time in the furnace and cleaned under running water with the Dremel. Then the beads are sorted and inspected to make sure they are sound. Now each order is carefully checked and packed, prepared for shipment and labeled. So many time-consuming steps are needed before your glass beads leave our factory.
Not to mention the currency conversion from US$ to €uro and the Etsy fees (including payment processing fees)!
All together this is the price that goes into your glass beads. From the love of making, processing, packaging and the material and operating costs. An incredible amount of time and attention to detail goes into YOUR very special glass bead!
Enjoy!

Please check out also my website www.beadfairy.de.
All beads are kiln annealed for strength and lifetime durability.
Thanks! :)

I'm a self representing artist #H24

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About Beadfairy

Sales 7,822
On Etsy since 2007

Beadmaker with Heart and Soul

Born in 1969 in Germany, and raised up with lots of creativity in my head. I have an art heart and was always creating nice things, just like silk paintings or making cards with own written poems.
I began lampworking in 2005 and soon got caught by the flame and the glass! This is my real passion, what I really love to do!
I'm self taught in making beads.
What else do I love? I'm so in love with orchids and do have some different kinds. I love the gentle blossoms and the delicate smell what comes from a few. I love to walk through arts & crafts markets and always support the artists in getting a beautiful piece for my own.
So this was a little closer look at my person. Thanks for stopping by!
I was the Featured Artist in Beading Times May/June 2013
http://www.beadingtimes.com/artist111203.htm

My personal signature beads:
Soul Comforter Beads ♡ Beads made with heart and soul ♡
Emerged from the loss of my beloved mom and sister who passed away in October 2013 and January 2015.
As I lost my mom I couldn't make any beads anymore. I sat at the torch and just couldn't do anything.
After some time, sitting at the torch again, I just began with no plan what I want to create. I started melting glass and let flow all my love, heart blood and pain into a bead and made a tree of life with tears running down my cheeks.
Making these beads did also comfort me in my hardest hours, dealing with the loss of a beloved person. ❤︎
A new series were born for these kind of beads:

Soul Comforter Beads

So this is the story behind those beautiful beads. They are always one of a kind and so beautiful unique!
May they also help others through their hardest time when losing someone beloved ❤︎

Shop members

  • Karin

    Owner

    I'm Karin and I'm the creative soul of Beadfairy since September 2005. I'm married to Thomas and have two grown up kids. A dog and a cat. Beadmaking is my passion and my livelihood. The flame is my best friend.... flame on! :D

  • Thomas

    Shipper & Office Work

    My name is Thomas and I'm the co- owner of Beadfairy's Lampwork. I'm supporting Karin to get the packages shipped and doing all kind of office work.

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More information

Last updated on Apr 15, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

As my beads are handmade, sizes can slightly vary! This is no reason to reclaim, except it seems obviously to be a totally different size as such beads, what are made in a bead roller or a bead press.

Care instructions

As lampwork beads are made of glass, they can crack or chip when falling on a hard ground! All on top added decoration can chip off and leave a sharp spot. Make sure to handle your beads with care. We are not responsable for any breakage and cuts as a result of careless treatment or careless storage. Make sure to cover or wrap beads with on top decoration if you store them in a container.