LilacBeeDesigns

Lilac Bee- handmade jewelry, accessories, & home décor

Anchorage, Alaska | 64 Sales

LilacBeeDesigns

Lilac Bee- handmade jewelry, accessories, & home décor

Anchorage, Alaska 64 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Note from shop owner I am on vacation for the rest of the holiday season. Have a wonderful time with your families and loved ones!

- Karin Rae

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 13, 2017

I am on vacation for the rest of the holiday season. Have a wonderful time with your families and loved ones!

- Karin Rae

Karin Howard

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About

From a Hobby to a Business

I began learning about fusing glass in 2004 when I was in college at Texas A&M University. My grandmother had a kiln in her pottery studio and my aunt taught me the basics of fusing glass. I have been doing it ever since with breaks in between while I was busy with my three rambunctious little boys.
I first started with pendant making and sold those in college to buy supplies so I could keep my creativity going. Those of you who are glass artists know it is not a cheap hobby to pick up! Then I began slumping bottles and bottle etching. I have also added night lights, child safety plugs, wine bottle planters, stamped metal jewelry, and cork keychains.
Through the years I have made many sets of custom pendants for bridesmaids, etched glass items for weddings, anniversaries, and showers. I love to make my pieces sentimental and unique and often work Alaskan Sea Glass and upcycled glass into my designs.
One of my favorite custom designs was when my in-laws sold their home of 20+ years, I took a panel of glass from a light fixture they had hanging in the foyer for all of those years and made it into a night light they could take to their new home. A little piece of old with the new.
I chose the name Lilac Bee for my shop because I wanted to have it be something that reflected my personality and interests. My favorite color is purple in any shade and I have a degree in entomology. My favorite insects are the Hymenoptera, i.e. wasps, bees, ants. So Lilac Bee was created.
Thank you for visiting my shop and for reading my story. I hope you find something you love while you are here. Please feel free to ask me about custom orders, I am always open to new ideas and requests!

Karin Rae

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  • Karin Howard

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I am an Alaskan and have been fusing glass as a hobby for the last 12 years. I am also a mom, an entomologist, and a high school biology and anatomy teacher. I love coming up with ways I can make glass art that is both fun and functional!

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Last updated on September 26, 2016
Thank you for visiting my Esty shop! I am the mother of 3 boys, a born and raised Alaskan, a crafter, and a science teacher. I started dabbling in fused glass when I was in college as a hobby and have been doing it for the last 12 years. I enjoy coming up with new modern designs that are both functional and elegant. I often bring a little of Alaska into my designs by fusing genuine hand collected Alaskan sea glass into some of my designs. I also incorporate upcycled materials as often as I can to bring items that are discarded back to life in a new beautiful fashion. I rarely make the same thing twice, and I always welcome custom orders.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
In the event a shipped item is damaged or destroyed, a refund will be issued with proof of damage.
Payment
Orders will be filled and shipped upon receipt of payment. Please allow up to 10 business days for custom orders to be completed and shipped.
Shipping
All items will be shipped within 1-2 business days via USPS. Allow an additional 7-10 business days for custom orders to ship.