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5 Kinds of Beads You Need In Your Jewelry Collection

Remember when you used to make those plastic bead friendship bracelets in middle school? Those beaded bracelets, alongside beaded necklaces and rings, are back in fashion in 2021!

Beads have been used in jewelry-making since as early as the 15th century. You’ll find varieties of beads in different regions all across the globe. Be it bracelets, necklaces, rings or even anklets — beaded jewelry is not going out of fashion anytime soon!

If you’re not particularly fond of the tiny plastic beads of the 90s, then here are some other bead varieties for you to explore.

October 30, 2021 by SWCreations Jewelry
pink floral lampwork bead

How are Lampwork Beads made?

I use lampwork beads a lot in my work, I pick them out especially by hand. But rather than just talk about the designs, let get into how they are made.  Lampwork beads are unique as they are made by hand and out of molten glass. The technique used to make them is called lampworking, hence where the name comes from. 
Handmade Lampwork Beads

Handmade Lampwork Beads

Lampwork beads are handmade one at a time by using a torch and a melting glass to make original glass beads. Occasionally, a bead can be made again, but it's rare that they're ever identical, making each bead one of a kind.
August 21, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
A Gift that Keeps Giving!

A Gift that Keeps Giving!

Have you received handmade, beaded earrings? If so, you know the time and creativity spent in making those earrings. However, you also relish in the thoughtfulness of the person who gave them to you. It takes a special person to pick out the right set of earrings for a person.

Handmade, beaded earrings, are one of a kind. An artist makes these gems and is not in the business of "mass production." Each piece is cleverly designed, knowing that the person who will receive the earrings will love and cherish the unique gift.

January 19, 2017 by SWCreations Jewelry

Express Yourself By Choosing Unique Lampwork Earrings

pink lampwork earringsEarrings are a particularly simple way to express your individual style since they are worn near the face and easily observed by others.  The availability of earring styles is never-ending and they are suitable for any occasion. Earrings are created from an enormous variety of materials.  Whether your style is daring or demure, Bohemian or classic chic, one-of-a-kind Lampwork earrings are a great way to show your originality and make your wardrobe stand out in a crowd.

Do you love to express your personality with unique jewelry?  Are you always looking for unique pieces to add to your collection?  Maybe you are looking for a special gift, with a special someone in mind.  Your friend or loved one will always appreciate a pair of handmade earrings, carefully chosen by you, especially for them!

What is Lampwork?  

Lampworking is the art of forming glass beads using a flame.  Since open flame has been used to create glass objects for centuries, there is no real way to know the age of the lampworking craft.  However, beads made from glass date back as far as Mesopotamian civilizations.  Other ancient glass artisans include early Romans, Egyptians and early Islamic people in the Mediterranean. 

Lampwork beads are made by applying very high heat directly to colored glass.  The glass is then manipulated through a variety of techniques, as it is layered around a specially coated rod.  The finished beads are then used to create memorable jewelry items, for every desire.  When combined with high-quality crystals, such as those made by the Austrian company, Swarovski, the result is exquisite!

Contact us to find unique jewelry gifts, or to enhance your own style with our high-quality lampwork beads. Each carefully crafted piece is handmade in our own studio!

September 03, 2015 by SWCreations Jewelry

The Unpredictable Beauty of Lampwork Beads

Lampwork beadsLampwork beads are a special kind of alchemy produced when fire meets the glass. They're tiny masterpieces of color and technique, each made by hand through a painstaking process of many delicate steps. Look closely at the jewelry made from lampwork beads: The beads may match, but they're never quite identical. Each one is a miniature sculpture of glassworking art.

This is what makes lampwork bead jewelry so unique. You'll never meet anyone wearing exactly the same thing, which makes this the perfect gift for someone who stands out from the crowd. Larger lampwork beads are often used as stunning centerpieces of necklaces or bracelets since even a single bead creates a statement.

Working with high heat and molten glass is tricky and exacting, but it's a fascinating process to watch. Each bead is constructed on a specially-prepared steel rod called a mandrel. The bead is built as molten glass wraps around the mandrel, creating the bead's hole. The artist uses a high-heat torch to melt thin rods of colored or transparent glass, which are expertly applied to the surface of the bead to form patterns. Some lampwork artists fuse thin layers of gold or silver to the bead. And some of the most fabulous beads result from "accidents."

But all this exacting work can be ruined if the glass cracks as it cools, so the artists use a slow process called "annealing" to make sure that each layer of each bead cools at an even rate.

All this is why lampwork glass beads are so highly prized, both for their beauty and their individuality.

Contact us to find out more about handmade lampwork bead jewelry

Handcrafted Lampwork Beads as Tiny Works of Art

Handcrafted Lampwork Beads as Tiny Works of Art

Creating beaded jewelry is so much fun to do. It allows for an opportunity to use all sorts of findings and a little creativity to design original pieces of art. But what’s something else that’s interesting is that many of the beads designers use in their jewelry are also tiny pieces of art themselves. In many cases, another individual using their own intricate creative processes created the beads designers use. This is definitely the case when it comes to jewelry designed with lampwork beads.