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 🙂
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!
“Bayou” 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
Dropper 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.
Dangly Lampwork Pillow Frit Earrings by Maren Purves. Available on Etsy.
(The beads in the earrings above were made by Kalera Stratton – Website: http://www.beadwife.com and Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadWife)
“Lily Pad Gardens” – created using Z99 frit over Copper Green and special sauce with a healthy dose of fine silver on top. By Amber Van Meter of Naos Glass
“Into 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.
“Morning Tree” by Tina Beachy of Silver Reflections.
A sun shiney tree bead with a base of orange creamsicle and white enamel plus a frit mixture with z99.
“Pretty 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.
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It’s my week over at Amys in the arts, and my giveaway is a $20 gift certificate to my Etsy shop! If you want to enter, go on over to the Amys in the Arts Blog, read my great article, and follow the instructions for how to enter.
Also I forgot to post the final part of my Diva of the Month interview last week. It’s been kind of crazy with work and school, and I might be a little absent until the New Year. I am still here if you have any questions or wish to place a custom order with me, it’s just not likely I will be adding any new items to my shop or doing much active promoting over the next month.
My mom and I are going to be vending at the Moss St Market Christmas show if you are local, and we are having an open house next weekend also – if you’re in town and want to stop by, feel free! Here is a link to our poster
I have finally gotten some Etsy listings made up for my sterling silver lined Pandora beads. After probably a month or so of refining the lining process, I am very happy with my results! (And all those cracked, broken, and wonky beads that are now in my fish tank… we won’t talk about those!) Anyway, here are some fun polka dots. These beauties would make a lovely addition to your charm bracelet, wouldn’t they?
I have some Pandora beads listed in my Etsy shop now. Not the lined ones yet, sorry – I haven’t gotten around to doing the photos etc for the silver lined beads. These are some leftover unlined big hole beads, that are shapes/sizes that didn’t end up working well for the lining process. I am selling them for quite a bit cheaper than what I will list the lined ones for, hoping these “misfits” will end up finding happy homes! I have cleaned/sanded the insides very thoroughly with my dremel, so they are smooth, and I haven’t had any problems wearing them on my Pandora bracelet. The silver lining is really more decorative than functional… but I do love the look of it (and of course, I bought that expensive press and all that silver tubing for the sake of making lined beads!), so I will probably be primarily making beads that are line-able in future.
So as you may know if you read my blog recently, or have visited my Etsy shop, I am doing a promotion this month for breast cancer awareness. There is now a section in my Etsy shop called the “PINK” section – in it are all of my pink beads, and my goddess beads. I will be donating 25% of sale price of these beads, for the rest of this month, to the Susan Komen Foundation. The Fire Divas are actually doing this promotion as a team, with many members participating.
Anyway, I have been using pinks a bit more than usual this month in an effort to fill up my PINK section in my Etsy shop. Here are a few of my new sets that are part of the promotion.
I also have some glow in the dark beads. I bought the glow frit from Glow Joe on Etsy.
Still working on the photography for those ones. The frit is really neat though!
Just wanted to let you all know, my findings store is still going and I am still adding new things! So please come take a look. I am trying to keep the prices really low, because I get most of these items for very cheap to begin with. This Etsy shop is kind of like a garage sale for beads and components and there are some really neat items.
I made a bunch more frit beads this week. This time, I decided to mix them up into sets of earring pairs. The mixed sets work great for bracelets too of course, especially if you are like me and really love to just throw all the colours in there at once.
For these beads, I sort of lost track of which blends I was using where, so sorry to those of you who are interested in that kind of info. They are all Val Cox frit blends though. I bought about a dozen sample packs just recently and have been having so much fun playing! Most of these have a core of one colour glass, with a layer of another on top, and then the layer of frit. Slightly more complicated than just the base bead + frit recipe but I do love the effect of the coloured core. And still a pretty easy bead to make!
Thanks for looking, hope all of you out there are having a great week.
This week I have been sharing lots of “frit” beads on Etsy. For those who don’t know, “frit” is a term we glassworkers use to describe ground up, little pieces of glass. You can make it yourself, or you can buy it in pretty colour mixes from other glassworkers who have the proper tools to make it (My best try involved putting some glass in a paper bag, and hitting it with a sledgehammer… the bag split open pretty quick and I didn’t really get that much frit out of it)
I do have a few links on my site about making frit, if you are interested, but I buy mine from Val Cox who makes the prettiest blends. She sells samples of all her blends for $4-5 too, I usually buy those as they make quite a few beads, and that way you can try all the blends out without breaking the bank. I actually just ordered a bunch more from her last week, hoping they arrive soon so I can start playing with them!
What I love about using frit is, you get such pretty beads and they are so easy to make! (I try to keep my basic frit beads as reasonably priced as possible – I usually sell them for $2 each unless they have more layers or encasing). And you can also use it in more complicated beads. It just expands your colour palette so much.
Actually, I have lots more, and will be adding a few more to my Etsy shop probably tonight. Why don’t you just come and look in my Etsy shop to see the rest? And don’t forget, I am very happy to do custom orders – for example, if you didn’t want to buy a whole set of one colour, but wanted to buy some earring pairs of several colour combos.
Thanks for looking and hope you all had a great week back to school!