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Hi all,

Welcome to my shop. I adore jewelry and love wearing and making it. When I first started making jewelry I made what I thought other people would like. This was fine, but I realized recently that I just want to make what I like now, and if you like it too, bonus! So, I do hope you like it!!!

I make everything in my home studio. My jewelry ranges from hand formed copper to sterling silver to glass beads to aluminum stamped cuffs made to order. Take your time and look around. And if you have an idea and want to see if it is something I could make for you, send me a convo!! I look forward to creating something beautiful with you. 😊

Most of the beads that you see here have been hand Lampworked by me in my home studio in Akron, Ohio. Because my beads are handmade one-at-a-time, each bead is unique from any another (sets are similar but not exact). Sizes and shape may vary slightly. I combine my glass beads with other materials to make a finished wearable piece of jewelry.

Lampworking has been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians used small furnaces to create glass beads around 5000 years ago. I use a gas lampwork torch and soft glass (Effetre) rods to make my glass art.

Every piece has been annealed in a kiln for strength, beauty and durability, and each bead is cleaned using a bead reamer.

All of the findings (clasps, ear hooks, etc) for my lampwork beads are sterling silver, copper or as noted. The other beads are as noted in the product description. Many of the beads used in my designs come from my travels around the globe to places such as Cameroon, Mali, Belize, Kenya and Egypt.

Every bead is thoroughly examined for any flaws or imperfections with only the best being made available for sale.

I am also now making custom stamped jewelry. If you want something special, please ask! 😊

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 28, 2017

HOLIDAY SALE 10% OFF ALL ORDERS!!!

NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 25th, 10% OFF ALL ORDERS!!!

Hi all,

Welcome to my shop. I adore jewelry and love wearing and making it. When I first started making jewelry I made what I thought other people would like. This was fine, but I realized recently that I just want to make what I like now, and if you like it too, bonus! So, I do hope you like it!!!

I make everything in my home studio. My jewelry ranges from hand formed copper to sterling silver to glass beads to aluminum stamped cuffs made to order. Take your time and look around. And if you have an idea and want to see if it is something I could make for you, send me a convo!! I look forward to creating something beautiful with you. 😊

Most of the beads that you see here have been hand Lampworked by me in my home studio in Akron, Ohio. Because my beads are handmade one-at-a-time, each bead is unique from any another (sets are similar but not exact). Sizes and shape may vary slightly. I combine my glass beads with other materials to make a finished wearable piece of jewelry.

Lampworking has been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians used small furnaces to create glass beads around 5000 years ago. I use a gas lampwork torch and soft glass (Effetre) rods to make my glass art.

Every piece has been annealed in a kiln for strength, beauty and durability, and each bead is cleaned using a bead reamer.

All of the findings (clasps, ear hooks, etc) for my lampwork beads are sterling silver, copper or as noted. The other beads are as noted in the product description. Many of the beads used in my designs come from my travels around the globe to places such as Cameroon, Mali, Belize, Kenya and Egypt.

Every bead is thoroughly examined for any flaws or imperfections with only the best being made available for sale.

I am also now making custom stamped jewelry. If you want something special, please ask! 😊

Jennifer

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My bead addiction becomes a business

The History of My Bead Addiction

While living is Spain in 1992 my boyfriend and I made extra income in the summer by making hair wraps on the beach. If you’ve never seen a hair wrap, it’s a bunch of colored string wrapped tightly around a lock of hair with some beads on the end. Very “flower child” looking. While making these hair wraps we started to collect beads to sell with the hair wraps. There were not a great supply of beads available to us at that time and our choices were very limited to small plastic beads, at least that we could find in Spain (no i-net sales then). Over the few years that we worked there I began to develop an addiction to looking for and finding interesting and different beads by scouring the local stores in Madrid, Valladolid, Sevilla, Torremolinos and other Spanish towns we traveled to. After a while my boyfriend wouldn’t let me go to the bead stores alone. I would always spend too much!

In 1995 after I left Spain and was working in Pittsburgh I started working with FIMO, a polymer clay, to try to make my own beads. However, I did not enjoy working with the stiff clay.

While on vacation visiting my mother in Ohio we attended a 1/2 day workshop in Cleveland on glass bead making… and I was hooked. I bought the beginner kit of a few glass rods, a Hot Head Torch, some mandrels, bead release and a fiber blanket right then and there. I promptly went home to Pittsburgh and started making beads in my basement. I could only make small beads with the fiber blanket, but I was on my way!

After working in Pittsburgh for a few years I decided to join the US Peace Corps and left for Cameroon, West Africa in June, 1997. What a ride that was. I taught English there for two years. I spent all of my savings on local art, local travel, and African Trade Beads!! The addiction continued! I bought so much local art that I had to ship most of it home.

On my way home from Cameroon, I made a one-month layover in Italy, where I spent a week on the island of Murano; the capital of the glass bead making world! I even got to spend an afternoon watching renowned glass lampworker Cesare Toffalo. See link HERE.

After arriving home from two years abroad and my month sojourn in Italy I decided that I wanted to make glass beads for a living. Therefore, I went “on the road” to art shows all around the country.

In 2003 we decided to get off the road and have a family. Therefore, I put up the glass making tools for 7 years while being a stay at home mom with my wonderful son.

Since then I have divorced and now am living in Akron, Ohio where I am once again able to make glass beads when I have some free time!

I love every minute I get to spend working with glass and creating glass beads and jewelry.

I hope that you love them too!!

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    I'm a single mom with a 13 yr old son. We live in Akron, Ohio with our boxer dog Amina. I make beads to add to my income and I love it. I lampwork the glass, and make the beads into wearable pieces of art. I hope you love them like I do!

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