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Frit Beads

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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.


Moretti Dark Lavender with Enchanted frit


Creation is Messy Fremen with African Violets frit


Cherry Blossoms frit on Moretti Transparent Light Grass Green

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!

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Frit Beads

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Today I have some new Etsy listings to share – frit beads! These were all made with frit blends by Val Cox. Very simple and easy beads to make, but they are quite effective and pretty.


Catalina Blue on Opal Yellow


African Violet on Light Turquoise


Fuchsia Pink on Copper Green

And stay tuned, because I have another 3-4 frit bead sets that I plan to post tomorrow.

More about Catalina Blue
More about African Violet
More about Fuchsia Pink
More about Opal Yellow
More about Light Turquoise
More about Copper Green

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African Violets on Turquoise

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African Violets on Light Turquoise with Transparent Dark Lavender

Light turquoise with Val Cox’s “African Violets” frit. The bigger beads were then encased with clear and given Dark Transparent Lavender raised dots.


Blue Bubblegum

These ones are Light Turquoise with African Violets, with raised dots in more Light Turquoise.

There is a Treasury East on Etsy now! And I am in one, “Watermelon” (it’s my watermelon beads, surprise surprise)

Also check out my ladybugs in “These bugs won’t bite” in the main treasury, and my rainbow beads and a pair of polka dot earrings in “Divas Create”, in treasury west.

It’s Sunday, so make sure you check out the Fire Divas Gossip Column to see what all us Divas have been up to this week! And, go vote for the Fire Divas Spring jewelry challenge.

And while you’re voting… you could pop over to Crafting in Color and vote for my beads for the Spring Pastels challenge.

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Purple Things

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Today I have some purple things to share. Purple is probably one of my favorite colours, in all of its varieties.


Purple Paradise

This set has Creation is Messy Simply Berry (one of my favorite transparent purples), in all the beads – the plain purple rounds are pure Simply Berry. I used Vetrofond Seashell Swirl Odd with Val Cox African Violet frit as well. The African Violet frit is just a gorgeous bluish shade of purple, and the Seashell Swirl is of course a great base for frit.


Two Froggies Focal Bead

I made this focal bead using two shades of purple by Creation is Messy – Heffalump and Thai Orchid (Thai Orchid is the darker purple froggy, Heffalump is the lighter purple). It was a real challenge finding a spot for all those little froggy toes!

More about Seashell Swirl Odd
More about African Violet
More about Simply Berry
More about Thai Orchid
More about Heffalump