glassbead

Lampwork Glass Bead Fish, Bottles, Spindles, Jewelry

New York, United States · 1351 Sales

glassbead

Lampwork Glass Bead Fish, Bottles, Spindles, Jewelry

New York, United States 1351 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(698)
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Laurie

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Announcement   Lampwork glass beads, handmade fish pendants, Bottle necklaces, masks, historical whorls with spindles, hearts, pendants, orphan and focal beads; individually handmade one of a kind art beads, fine artisan jewelry and supplies from Isinglass Design, glassbead shop on etsy.

Each of my lampwork glass beads is individually handcrafted over an open torch flame, using the centuries-old flameworking process for ready to wear jewelry or to use in your own jewelry designs. These beads are each made by me in my home studio. Lampwork glass beads from Isinglass Design are always properly kiln annealed and well cleaned.

Look here to find out more about me, lampwork and my passion for glass: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/glassbead/about

People have worn amulets and talismans throughout history to make their world a brighter place. It is my hope that these small pieces of wearable art glass will become some of the treasured bits of art in your daily life, and will make your days a little bit brighter.

Need something special? Just send me a message and we can talk.
CGGE (creative glass guild on etsy) team member.
SRA - self representing artisan, lampwork glass beadmaker
SRAJD- self representing artisan jewelry designer

Watch me making a bead here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK2qgVcadU

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Last updated on Mar 18, 2016

Lampwork glass beads, handmade fish pendants, Bottle necklaces, masks, historical whorls with spindles, hearts, pendants, orphan and focal beads; individually handmade one of a kind art beads, fine artisan jewelry and supplies from Isinglass Design, glassbead shop on etsy.

Each of my lampwork glass beads is individually handcrafted over an open torch flame, using the centuries-old flameworking process for ready to wear jewelry or to use in your own jewelry designs. These beads are each made by me in my home studio. Lampwork glass beads from Isinglass Design are always properly kiln annealed and well cleaned.

Look here to find out more about me, lampwork and my passion for glass: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/glassbead/about

People have worn amulets and talismans throughout history to make their world a brighter place. It is my hope that these small pieces of wearable art glass will become some of the treasured bits of art in your daily life, and will make your days a little bit brighter.

Need something special? Just send me a message and we can talk.
CGGE (creative glass guild on etsy) team member.
SRA - self representing artisan, lampwork glass beadmaker
SRAJD- self representing artisan jewelry designer

Watch me making a bead here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK2qgVcadU

Laurie

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Laurie

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(698)
Monica Rice Harlan

Monica Rice Harlan on Jul 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wow!! How gorgeous!! I've been looking at your amulets for a long time, wanting to purchase one for myself. I'm soooo lucky this one was still in your shop. You've so much eye candy that delights the eyes in your shop. I'll def be back! Thanks for your wonderful customer service and fast delivery time, Laurie. ??

Monica Rice Harlan

Monica Rice Harlan on Jul 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful!!! Just perfect for my Ocean Treasures project. The colors match perfect and can't wait to see it all put together. Great cust serv and fast delivery! Thanks, Laurie, for the Lucky Leaf; which I hope brings me luck in the big lotto!! ??

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About

Lampwork Glass Beads from Isinglass Design, Handmade one of a kind Fish, Turtles, Bottles and Pendants

Handmade lampwork glass beads by glassbead on etsy. All of these glass beads are individually handmade in my home studio over an open flame using ancient techniques known as lampwork. Each color of soft glass is melted and added to the bead, which is then formed and shaped using tools such as scissors, dental picks, graphite paddles and ice tongs .

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master” Ernest Hemingway

Keep up with Isinglass on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glassbeadstudio
Learn more on my blog: http://isinglassdesign.blogspot.com/
See some pictures on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/isinglassdesign

How to tell the story of Isinglass Design?

It all began in 1998 when I bought a glass beadmaking kit for my daughter. (well, that's what I told her, anyway...) We opened the book and, looking over each others' shoulders, began what would become a very long journey. Because torches are not allowed in dorm rooms (Who knows why???) I inherited the torch, the glass, the book and all the tools. And, with an empty nest, what else was I to do but make glass beads?

Copy and paste this link for a short instructional video of me at work!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK2qgVcadU

I always say I would never have learned to make glass beads without the help of my daughter, who is a natural artist and 3-d thinker. She'd take a look at the pictures, pick up the glass, and get to work. And if I was on the torch, she was sure to tell me what I was doing wrong (one of the joys of living with a teenager!)

The mesmerizing qualities of glass have pulled me in and made me want to learn more and more about it. The glass I use is nearly all made in Italy, on the island of Murano. The techniques have been around for thousands of years.

My own work doesn’t have a central theme, though much of it is influenced by the colors and shapes in the natural world. One of the things I love about working with glass is that there is an element of surprise to almost everything. Each time I light the torch there is an opportunity to learn something new or experiment with a different idea. My work has changed so much over the years, with organic and sculptural forms becoming my main focus. My regular customers know to keep their eyes open for experimental beads that are part of the evolutionary process, as they may only ever see a couple of them. I am always pursuing new ideas, and often my experiments meld together to send my beads in a different direction.

This quote from Willa Cather describes my feelings well about my own work, and that of other artisans:
'The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.'

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  • Laurie Ament

    Owner, Head (Only!) Bead Maker

    I'm a lampwork glass bead maker. All of the beads in my shop are handmade by me over a small torch using glass made mostly in Italy. Glass is what I do, and at times seems to be who I am as well- it may be all you need to know about me!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 4, 2013
Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads from Isinglass Design. All of the glass beads in my shop are handcrafted artisan lampwork, individually made by me over a small torch. Each color of glass is melted, applied and shaped using tools such as ice tongs, graphite paddles, knives, scissors and picks. Each piece is shaped without the use of molds or forms. Most of the glass rods used are made in Italy, and are the same as that used in Venice and the island of Murano. Thanks for stopping by!
All pieces are properly kiln annealed and meticulously cleaned.
If you are interested in something similar to an item in my shop, but want to see what other colors or styles are available, please contact me and I'll email you a picture of all available options. And I gladly accept special orders!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I prefer payment by paypal or through etsy as it is so quick and easy.
Shipping
I ship by first class mail within three business days of your payment (usually sooner). If payment clears on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday the order will be shipped out on the following Monday or Tuesday.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase. Anything can be returned for any reason within ten days for full refund minus shipping. You must contact me before returning an item to me so that I can make sure it is shipped to the correct address.
Although all pieces are properly kiln annealed, it is still glass, and should be treated with some amount of care.
If a piece breaks in shipping, you will receive a full refund (including shipping costs), unless you prefer to have another similar piece. If a piece breaks at a later time, a replacement will be made. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be offered the choice of a full refund or replacement piece.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do have wholesale pricing and take custom orders. Please contact me for information.