karibeads

Animal beads and miniatures handmade by Kari Chittenden

Plymouth, Indiana | 4082 Sales

karibeads

Animal beads and miniatures handmade by Kari Chittenden

Plymouth, Indiana 4082 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (1926)

Announcement    Snake bead sale going on right now! All prices shown reflect the sale price.
New coupon code 100orMORE is available for any order over $100, get 10% off!

Welcome to my Etsy animal bead and miniature store. The glass pieces listed are all handmade by me. You can customize how you want: as a bead, figurine, plant stake or headpin for most items. Color changes are welcome too - just make a note to seller in the comment area at checkout. I am happy to take custom requests too! If you don't see what you need, just shoot me a convo and maybe I can make a custom design for you. Thanks for finding my shop! :)

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 11, 2019

Snake bead sale going on right now! All prices shown reflect the sale price.
New coupon code 100orMORE is available for any order over $100, get 10% off!

Welcome to my Etsy animal bead and miniature store. The glass pieces listed are all handmade by me. You can customize how you want: as a bead, figurine, plant stake or headpin for most items. Color changes are welcome too - just make a note to seller in the comment area at checkout. I am happy to take custom requests too! If you don't see what you need, just shoot me a convo and maybe I can make a custom design for you. Thanks for finding my shop! :)

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New at Karibeads shop on Etsy, Halloween collection on extra tiny fairy garden pieces.
New item in my etsy shop, Karibeads - extra tiny glass fox!!
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About

Hobby Gone Wild

Lampworking started for me in 2000 as a hobby to share with my 12 year old daughter. My daughter was just starting Jr High school and spending less time at home. I thought a new hobby might be just the thing to reel her back in and get her to hang out at home a little more. My plan (for once) worked like a charm! She loved making beads with me. She said melting glass was just like toasting marsh mellows over a campfire. It is similar for sure! Soon she was inviting her friends over so we could all make beads together!

Back then, my girl just wanted to make little animal beads so, over time we developed several cute designs. I began selling my animal beads at our local Farmer’s Market in 2004 – expanding via Etsy in 2008.

My interactions with customers spawn lots of design ideas. In fact, it was a customer who suggested that I make fairy garden accessories. At that time, I had never heard of fairy gardens – I actually had to do an internet search to learn about the hobby. Now, making fairy garden accessories is one of my obsessions. Many of my first designs were derived from the animal beads I developed back in the beginning. Other design ideas come from brainstorming with customers, friends and family. Two heads (or more) are better than one!

Some of my designs are more intricate and more challenging than those I’ve done in the past. I call them “Compound Pieces” because I combine two or more items together to form one, such as a fairy holding a butterfly or my bee hive with bees. I think it’s important to offer the easy, less expensive pieces as well as the more complicated ones. I have some customers who start small and then come back each week to add to their collection.

I currently work a day job and make beads and fairy garden accessories as a second job (or Hobby-Gone-Wild). My typical day begins at 3:30 or 4 am. I wake up early to make beads for a few hours before I go to my day job. I also spend most weekends at the torch to make beads.

My designs are made by heating colored glass over a torch and then winding the molten glass into beads and other objects. All the designs are made with layering different colors and/or manipulating the glass with simple hand tools. I never use molds or presses - all my creations are free-handed in the torch.

With your help, I someday plan to turn this passion into a full-time endeavor. Thank you for supporting my artwork!

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  • Kari Chittenden

    Owner, Designer, Shipper

    Each glass creation is hand made by Kari at her home studio along the beautiful Yellow River in northern Indiana. Her designs are made by winding molten glass over a heated torch. Each is made one at a time without the use of molds or presses.

  • Bacca

    Assistant

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