karibeads

Fairy garden and glass dread beads by Kari Chittenden

Plymouth, Indiana · 3522 Sales

karibeads

Fairy garden and glass dread beads by Kari Chittenden

Plymouth, Indiana 3522 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to my Etsy Bead store. You are shopping directly from the artist. I make all my own items so you can order items how you want them: with or without the wire, as a bead or as a headpin - simply choose your preference at checkout. I am also happy to take custom orders.

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Last updated on Mar 31, 2017

Welcome to my Etsy Bead store. You are shopping directly from the artist. I make all my own items so you can order items how you want them: with or without the wire, as a bead or as a headpin - simply choose your preference at checkout. I am also happy to take custom orders.

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Kari Chittenden

Handmade lampwork necklace, turtle family, MTO
Handmade lampwork necklace, turtle family, MTO
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Mary Beth Lee

Mary Beth Lee on Jun 25, 2017

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Love the little yellow bird, she beautiful, your work is beyond being more then just talented. This bird bath is gorgeous. thank you so much.

Mary Beth Lee

Mary Beth Lee on Jun 25, 2017

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My Chicken family is doing well, they are so adorable, amazing work, thank you for making me my new addition .

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templeton002 on Jun 21, 2017

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Updates

New item: bird feeder hooks with handmade glass hummingbird bead. I'm nuts about hummingbirds!!!
New item: Sweetheart Tree necklace, custom made to order with initials of your choice. Front & back of pendant shown. Great romantic gift for an anniversary!! My dentist ordered one for his wife and I liked it so much, I had to make another for me.
New item! This was a custom request from Beth. Love it!!
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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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Find karibeads at the following upcoming market!

  • Plymouth IN Farmers Market
    River Park Square
    PLYMOUTH, IN

    May 6–Oct 14

    Every Saturday morning until 11:30. May thru October, join us for a local Farmer's Market with food, fun, music, local produce and my handmade glass beads and glass fairy garden accessories. The location is one block East of Michigan and Garro Street in downtown Plymouth.

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