This week I will feature an amazing glass artist. She creates some of the most amazing beads with her torch and some little glass tubes. Envious much? Not me! Yeah right!.
April of BrooklynBeadGoddess is to put it in her own words a "glass bead maker and jewelry designer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York." She believes that this is what gives her the style and flair that makes her jewelry unique. I have to say I must agree with her. April has been fascinated by glass since she was a young girl watching the glass artists along the boardwalk at Coney Island.
Check out her Handmade Artist site and profile and she will give you a very good explanation of exactly what it is that she does and much better I might add, than I can. The technique is called "lampworking" and it is just fantastic.
What I would really like to do her is to show you some of the beautiful beads and jewelry that April has designed and then let you go check it out for yourself. You will also find at the bottom of this post a variety of places where you can find April and her work all over the Internet, so do be sure to bookmark a few of these because you will want to come back to her again and again.
Beautiful topaz brown glass bead decorated with sunshine yellow, white and pale aqua designs. I made this bead myself by carefully melting glass in a torch flame. Two aqua swarovski crystals added in the middle and wire wrapped with sterling silver
Measures approx 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Don't all us ladies just love to bling out our purses, well now you can with handmade beads by April. I just love this one.
Be unique and add some bling to your look. I made these beads myself by melting glass in a torch flame. Each one has a different color and design. No two alike. Attach it anywhere you want some artistic flair. Copper wire was used to wrap these beads, silver metal pewter beads in between. Silver metal clip makes it easy to snap on and off. Hook it on whatever you want or take the hook off and slip your neck chain through. Last picture shows how it hangs from my handbag. Very unique and artsy ~
Measures from top of loop to bottom 2 1/4 inches ( without the attached loop)
These are really fun earrings incorporating a wire wrapping technique as well. Amazing.
I made these earrings with my handmade glass lampwork beads. Solid black, solid lime and periwinkle with acid yellow dots with a black dot in each. Swarovski crystals in green, yellow and clear wire wrapped in a swirl pattern. Sterling silver ear wires too.
Measures 2 1/4 inches from top to bottom
Now this one. This bracelet is to die for. Amazing colors and the look is Awwwesome.
All these glass beads are made by hand by melting glass in a torch flame. I used a variety of colors to get the "kaleidoscope" effect. Eleven lampwork handcrafted beads with swarovski 6mm bicone crystals in Olivine and Indicolite colors. All components are made from sterling silver ( ball beads, crimps, wire guards, toggle clasp)
Measures for a 7 inch wrist
End to end measures 8 inches
So as you can see here, going to visit April at one of her many locations, is just simply a MUST DO!. So see you there.