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Friday Feature – Lampwork Goddesses

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This week on my Friday Feature I will be featuring the work of some wonderful self representing artist/artisan lampworkers. The theme is “Goddesses” – one that has been explored in depth by the lampwork community, myself included.

Something about glass seems to lend itself well to the curvy female form. I love making these little ladies and I even wrote a book about some of them. To me, they represent the strength and beauty that all women possess. While they come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and all have very different personalities too, they have one thing in common: they are all beautiful. I like to think of women that way, that every woman has inside her the potential to be beautiful and strong. It’s not about physical looks or conventional beauty either by any means. It’s this power that we all have inside. Women are amazing creatures. And the Goddess embodies all of that.

I did a video tutorial on how I make my goddess beads – it can be found here. Meanwhile, on to the gallery.

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Earth Goddess by Joy Munshower
Website: www.tilegoddess.com
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/tilegoddess

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Bird/Phoenix Goddess by Rachelle Goldreich
Website: www.rg-glass.com
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rglampwork

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Winged Goddess is made with out of production Moroccan Swirl color glass then frit added to the companion beads. By Debbie Altman.
Etsy Shop: www.allmybeads.etsy.com
Blog: http://allmybeads-debbie.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllMyBeads

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Etched Goddess Bead with silver leaf by Cornelia Lentze.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CorneliaLentze

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Glass Goddess Pendant by Louise Ingram.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Fireseed

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“Clockwork Goddess” pendant in CiM Clockwork glass (a lush transparent orange). By Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy
Website: www.twoglassyladies.ca/


Amy’s art book “The Goddess Journey” is now available to purchase through Blurb.com – softcover, hardcover, and eBook options available. This book features beautiful photographs and stories of 12 of Amy’s amazing lampwork Goddesses.

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Friday Lampwork Feature – Purple Beads

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“INNER DEPTH” – Purple and Black Glass Bead Set
by Stephanie Gough of Beads by Stephanie
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsbystephanie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinishingTouchJewels

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Lampworked berry beads and flowers set, made using various shades of purple glass and finished with white flowers. By Debbie Dew.
Website: www.silverartz.co.uk
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Glassmania

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“Purple Glow” Glow in the Dark Dreadlock Bead by Sheri Fisher, Chief Creative Goddess of Glass Art Revealed.
Glow In the Dark spots surround this handmade glass Dread Bead for a twinkle of light in your locks! Glow In the Dark powder is a Mutha with a capital M to work with, but the results are sweet!! This one is made on a 1/2 inch big hole bead mandrel
Website: Glass Art Revealed
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassArtRevealed

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Purple Necklace & Earrings set by Madison Allison of Batty Maddy’s Beads & Baubles. Glasses include CiM Crocus, CiM Lapis, and CiM Heffalump.

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Purple & Periwinkle Spotted Dot Lampwork Earrings by Stefanie Brooks of Phishstuff. “My favorite thing about these earrings are the ghostly spots on the bottom bead.  I love this look and am not always able to achieve the results I want, and love the challenge.  I look at bead making and jewelry making as a kind of problem solving process.  My favorite glass to work with always seems to be the one that gives me the biggest challenge!”
Website: http://www.phishstuff.com/phishstuff/
Blog: http://phishstuff.blogspot.ca/
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/phishstuff

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Red Violet Encased Rounds by Amy Hall of the Two Glassy Ladies.
Website: http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy

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Purple bracelet for girl or “petite” woman by Lynn
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FireandSandCreations

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Purple focal by Elizabeth Bunn.
Website: www.elizabethbeads.com
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/elizabethsbeads

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A violet dragonfly featured on a pale aqua base and her own Magic Mosaic Shards. By Jacqueline Parkes of Gems In Bloom.
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/gemsinbloom

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Friday Lampwork Feature – “Etched Beads”

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This week I have been experimenting with glass etching. This is a technique that is widely used with lampwork beads, but one that I have only really touched on slightly in my own work. I don’t have a good reason for this. I love the way etched beads look and the way etching a bead can so subtly or even drastically alter the way it looks.

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There are a few ways to etch glass. I think the two most popular are chemically etching with an acid, and mechanically etching, for example in a rock tumbler or with a sand blaster. I have tumbled beads in the past but I personally prefer the acid etch method. I use Etchall Dip n Etch myself – a liquid acid product that is convenient to use because you can dip the beads right into it. I use a few safety precautions with it – I wear gloves, and when I remove the beads from the etching solution, after rinsing the beads well, I soak them in a plastic bowl of water and swirl some baking soda in to neutralize any remaining acid. Then I rinse them again very thoroughly and dry them out. Make sure you have proper ventilation as well, and access to a timer. I found some instructions on the acid etching method here that pretty much describes my method perfectly.

Here is some info on an alternate method of etching – tumbling beads to etch in a rock tumbler.

I will also add my usual reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website. The artists featured here are all Self Representing Artists (whether they are members of the official SRA or not). Please support these wonderful lampwork glass beadmakers! And now, on to the artists.

bhbs,kumi flowe,sets 063“Etched Transparent Beach Spacers” by Suzanne Fragiacomo of Fragiacomo Glass Art
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/fragiacomoglassart
Artfire: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/glassymom
Blog: http://www.glassymom.blogspot.com

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“Simply Da Blues” by Debbie Altman of All My Beads. Black base, dots of cobalt blue, silvered ivory stringer added then swirled.  Etched after cleaning.
Website:http://allmybeads-debbie.blogspot.com/
Etsy: http://www.allmybeads.etsy.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AllMyBeads
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“Siren’s Call” by Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies.
Website: http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/
Etsy: http://lampworkbyamy.etsy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Glassy-Ladies/113744825341082
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Friday Lampwork Feature – “Frit Beads”

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This week for my “Friday Feature” here on the Two Glassy Ladies blog, the theme is Frit Beads.

Now some of you might be wondering what “Frit” is. In the glass world, this stuff is pretty popular. It’s basically just ground up glass, which often comes in colour blends. Wikipedia has some info on frit, including some history that I didn’t know until today (archaeological evidence of frit use in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Europe, and the Mediterranean!) I personally just about use it in everything I do. The ways that frit can be utilized in glass beadmaking are extremely varied. I have done a few tutorials about frit – here is the link to my YouTube channel to check them out. I have talked about frit a whole lot in this blog because I’ve done a bunch of colour testing for Val Cox Frit and like I said, I use this stuff a lot in my own work. So I won’t ramble on much more now 🙂

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Images courtesy of Val Cox Frit

I will also add my usual reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website. The artists featured here are all Self Representing Artists (whether they are members of the official SRA or not). Please support these wonderful lampwork glass beadmakers!

silveredfritside3BEST500x385Silvered Frittered Bead” by All My Beads
Etsy: www.allmybeads.etsy.com
Blog: http://allmybeads-debbie.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllMyBeads

bayouBayou” by Elizabeth Creations
White base, Utopia frit blend from Glass Diversion and encased in Effetre Super Clear. The bead was shaped using CGbeadroller ribbed round.
Website : www.elizabeth-creations.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sharlee22

Dsc06232Dropper pendant and ribbed frit barrels by Debbie Dew.  Made with 104 CoE glass, the dropper has been made by imploding opaque red frit and the barrels are Effetre striking red with Beady Sam big waves frit.
Website: www.silverartz.co.uk
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Glassmania

IMG_0340_cropped_adjDangly Lampwork Pillow Frit Earrings by Maren Purves. Available on Etsy.
Website: http://www.hilobeads.com/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hilobeads
(The beads in the earrings above were made by Kalera Stratton – Website: http://www.beadwife.com and Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadWife)

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Website: www.naosglass.com
Etsy: www.na0sglass.etsy.com

il_570xN.451353720_5snuInto the Woods” – Val Cox Dream Cream frit swirled in Moretti 004 clear, with Moretti 016 Dark Topaz and some other ambers in there as well. More Drama Cream speckled on the surface. By Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies. Available on Etsy.
Website: www.twoglassyladies.ca
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy

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A sun shiney tree bead with a base of orange creamsicle and white enamel plus a frit mixture with z99.
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverReflection

1-006 - CopyPretty in Pink” by Vicki Gentry of Mint Julep Designs.
This bracelet features 7 lampwork beads with the frit beads being made with Bead Goodies “Innocence” frit on a base of Effetre Dark Pink.  This is not an original combo, but it does make for a pretty bead!  The etched beads are a core of Effetre dark pink, encased with Effetre Super Clear and etched.  The small spacer beads are Reichenbach raspberry opal.  Pink crystals and pink freshwater pearls complete the piece.  It has a toggle closure and measures 7 ½ inches.
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mintjulepdesigns

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Friday Lampwork Feature – “Spring”

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This is the first of (hopefully) many “Friday Features” here on the Two Glassy Ladies blog. I want to use this little bit of time/webspace to feature the work of some wonderful and talented glass artists. Most of these people are friends I have made through the “Lampwork Etc” webforum. It is really important for us glass artists to promote one another, because the competition out there as artists has become more and more of a challenge – not so much because we as artists are competing with one another, but because we are competing with mass-produced glass beads. I’ve talked about this before so I won’t go on another big rant now. But I will put out the reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website.

Now that that spiel is out of the way, on to the beads! This week’s theme is “Spring.”


“Spring Iris” by Hannah Rosner. Available on Etsy.


“Spring Buds” by Rosebud. Available on Etsy.


Focal by Diana of FusionIllusion Art Glass


“Pincel de Fuego” by Gabriela Arosemena. “This is a pair of earrings with flower allusive murrini.” Available on Etsy.


“Goddess of Water Sprites” by Amy Hall of the Two Glassy Ladies (me!). Available on Etsy.

Raised Florals by Sheila D. Available on Etsy.


Bellflowers by Elizabethbeads. Available on Etsy.


Wasabi Birds by Tina Beachy. Available on Etsy.