Beadles

Artisan Lampwork Glass Beads & Jewelry

Grefrath, Germany · 240 Sales

Beadles

Artisan Lampwork Glass Beads & Jewelry

Grefrath, Germany 240 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Gail Kops

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Announcement   Unique lampwork beads handcrafted in my studio in Germany. All of my beads are handmade by me. I properly kiln anneal them for strength and longevity, ideal for artisan jewelry designs

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My name is Gail Kops and I am an American living in Germany. I am a glass lampwork bead artist with an organic approach to glass beadmaking. My love of the universe and astronomy shows in my moon focal beads and other bead sets, so I would say that is my genre. I hope you take a look at what is currently available here in my Etsy shop.

If you would like to see more of my work, please visit www.beadles.de where you will find past sets, focals, and an archive. From time to time and schedule permitting, I do take custom orders.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

SRA - Self-Representing Lampwork Artist

Announcement

Unique lampwork beads handcrafted in my studio in Germany. All of my beads are handmade by me. I properly kiln anneal them for strength and longevity, ideal for artisan jewelry designs

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My name is Gail Kops and I am an American living in Germany. I am a glass lampwork bead artist with an organic approach to glass beadmaking. My love of the universe and astronomy shows in my moon focal beads and other bead sets, so I would say that is my genre. I hope you take a look at what is currently available here in my Etsy shop.

If you would like to see more of my work, please visit www.beadles.de where you will find past sets, focals, and an archive. From time to time and schedule permitting, I do take custom orders.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

SRA - Self-Representing Lampwork Artist

Gail Kops

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Gail Kops

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yyzeff

yyzeff on Oct 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived fast and well-packaged and it looks amazing! Thank you so much. :)

fatime09

fatime09 on Oct 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This is a lovely creation... just wonderful! It is original and one of a kind and I am so very happy to own it! Very quick service and packaged very well and came with an extra gift bead which is lovely too! This seller deserves much more than a five star rating... Gail is simply amazing! Thank You so very much!

fatime09

fatime09 on Sep 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

A very lovely work of art... though petite there is much amazing detail and depth. I will treasure this piece for years to come! Quick and personable service... packaged very well and with a sweet little extra! Thank You Gail very much for everything!

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About

An artist dedicated to creating unique glass lampwork focals and bead sets with a main focus on moon focals.

I began my journey into lampwork art glass in 2006 with an instructional book in one hand and glass rods in the other. After months of practice, quite a few white and black glass rods, and some burns and cuts thrown in, I was able to finally make some passable and unique beads.

The studio is in our garden and is a reclaimed garden shack. Inside is everything needed to melt and anneal glass and a great sound system for inspiration from classic rock and roll! I do love my Bob Seger and Fleetwood Mac!

I use a small mixed fuel torch (oxygen concentrator and propane) to melt the glass. The glass I use is mostly Italian soft glass, meaning it has a lower melting temperature than borosilicate glass (Pyrex).

I use stainless steel mandrels which have been dipped in a glass release medium to make the beads. The release medium allows the bead to be removed from the mandrel after it has annealed in a kiln. Annealing is most important for glass beads to assure strength and durability of the finished product. The mandrel hole in the bead is later used by the jewelry designer to string or attach to a creation.

I sometimes also use presses to form the glass into specific forms or shapes. To make other shapes such as hearts, shells, bicones, etc., I use graphite tools. Some beads take just minutes to make, while others require an hour or more.

The moon focals are 3D alien landscapes with a full moon on one side and a crescent on the other. The skies are star-filled and sometimes contain colorful auras. Distant landscapes, mountains, and plateaus are usually present. The basic technique was learned from a shared tutorial by Glass Artist Debbie Pierce (thanks Debbie!) and all of the moon beads are dedicated to the late Dr. Carl Sagan and his wife, Anne Druyan.

Testing frit (granulated glass) for Glass Diversions is also a sideline for me. Robin Koza of Glass Diversions creates beautiful frit combinations and it has been a pleasure being able to test her combos on various glasses and with various techniques.

At every torching session, I learn more and more about glass properties and reactions. It is a fascinating medium.

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  • Gail Kops

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I'm a midwestern American who was transplanted to Germany in 1999. While here, I have taught myself the method of melting glass into beads for the jewelry trade. My style is more organic with an emphasis on outer space and science fiction.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 4, 2012
Welcome to Beadles!

My name is Gail Kops and I am an American living in Germany. I began lampworking in June of 2006 with a copy of "Passing the Flame" in one hand and glass rods in the other! I have taken a couple of classes but have pretty much been self-taught.

I take an organic approach to most of my work and love how glasses react and interact with one another. Color is a major focus for me.

I use only high quality glass. For strength, the beads have been kiln-annealed. Please email me at gail [!at] beadles.de should you have further questions. I hope that you are pleased with my beads and that they make you smile!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Paypal is my preferred method of payment. Once payment is received, the bead set will be shipped.

I would also accept a money order or a personal check made out as follows:
Gail Kops

and mailed to:
Desiree Ozburn
First State Bank Shannon-Polo, P. O. Box 85, Shannon, IL 61078

If payment is by personal check, time must be allowed for the check to clear.

I do accept bank transfers within Germany. Please contact me for that pertinent information.
Shipping
I ship via Deutsche Post Grossbrief International. This is the only method where I can affix a tracking number should it be needed. Insurance is costly and not offered.

Shipping from Germany to the U.S. is $8.00 and includes tracking with signature request. This DOES NOT include extra insurance.

Delivery to the U.S. normally takes between 7-14 days.
Delivery within the EU takes about 3-4 days.
For buyers elsewhere, please inquire for rates and delivery information.

If you have won more than one set, I will combine the shipment cost to save you money. For each additional set, Etsy will bill $1.00 extra.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for some reason you are not happy with a purchase and wish a refund, I will gladly do that as long as the bead(s) is/are returned to me intact and it is requested within 14 days after your receipt. I would refund your money minus any listing and shipping fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
Time permitting I do take custom orders.