Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Halloween and autumn glass and jewellery goodies

As most of  you are aware my jewellery selling is my paid hobby and I use some of my profits to buy my own rather special and sometimes quite expensive Artisan glass lampwork beads. I buy not only from UK based lampworkers but from the USA and I once bought some from a lampworker based in Vienna.

Real handmade one of a kind lampwork glass beads are unique pieces of art and every maker has a very distinct style. Because they are not mass produced, but made in a flame on a mandrel one at time, they are much more expensive than other beads but I just love them.

Although  I really don't "do" Halloween, as my children are grown up, I do love themed beads and I tend to get out my relevant glassy goodies as each season moves on. I have Christmas beads, spring beads, summer/beach beads, autumn and Halloween treasures. Some I have no intention of making into a piece of jewellery, I just love owning them! I am sure you sewing or knitting ladies have pieces of fabric/ball of wool which you also have no intention of making into something but just love having them "in your stash".

I thought you would be interested to see what I have in my stash/treasure box for this season.

This is one of my most recent buys from the very talented American artist Amy who sells under the name of Flamekeeper on Etsy. Her Halloween beads are awesome and I recently bought Helga the witch who has crash landed into a bead....isn't it a clever bead!

I also commissioned from Amy a magic toadstool. It reminds me of the childhood fairy tales I used to love as a child.

I chose to have a red cap with  flowers
 ....Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree anyone...??!!

These 2 beads are really quite something!

Another great lampworker, this time based in the UK is Laney who sells under the name of Izzybeads and is also a great blogging friend of mine. I recently commissioned her to made me some autumn beads and I am sure you agree they are fabulous!

I also bought a lovely autumn focal bead and some tiger beads from Laney a couple of years ago and I made them into a really chunky bracelet. This is one of my favourite bracelets and it always get comments when I wear it.

Another very talented artist is  Claire who sells under the name of Rowanberry Glass. I was lucky enough to buy one of her focal tree beads last month which I treasure. A really stunning tree bead, I love the detail in this.

The bead has a front and a back so that whichever side is facing out there is a scene.

I also bought this week one of Rowanberry's wonderful pumpkins shown below

One useful gadget I own is a bead changer. This is a nifty item where I can unscrew the top and just pop on any bead of my choice! I can then wear the bead as an instant pendant on a chain, perfect. So I am able to wear any of my beads just for the day or night and then put then away and select something new.

The last artist I will feature in this blog (I plan to do a Christmas bead blog showing more of my talented suppliers) is Denise. Her lampwork creatures and beads are so original, I just love her work. I first bought a wonderful glass fish bead from Denise a couple of years ago which I made into a great necklace for my daughter when she went on her medical student elective to Barbados 2 years ago. I'm sorry about the poor photos, they were taken long before I had thought of writing a blog! I know this is also not autumn related but I thought it may be interesting to show my creation using Denise's fish.

I told my darling daughter to open this when she had a chance to sit on the beach and look out to the wonderful sea view. I think it went down quite well!

I have also been experimenting a little more with solid brass with a "vintage" protective coating (it does not tarnish) . I have a necklace on Etsy which I made with a summer theme using shells etc using this material.

The photo  below shows a little glass bird on his separate twig which I bought from from Denise. I  made a little nest using bronze wire and findings and  freshwater rice pearls for the little eggs. I was quite pleased with it and I am think of simply adding it to a bronze chain as a focal bead. I may well launch this at my jewellery party  which is this Saturday. I will let you know what the people think of it!

I also have a pair of pretty earrings I made using glass pumpkins which I bought from a bead fair a few years ago.

I added some Swarovski bicones and enjoy wearing these as they suit both a casual and dressed up outfit.

I do like my jewellery to be very functional!

Last but not least I just wanted to share one last Halloween piece with you. This is not made by me but bought from the rather outrageous and luscious Butler and Wilson who design and make the most stunning costume jewellery here in the UK.

This great little jewelled bat brooch was bought for me by my darling husband. I found it in my Christmas stocking a few years ago. I am very spoilt by my DH and I do have a couple of B&W pieces. Their costume jewellery is second to none and often  very, very funny. They are certainly pieces which get noticed.
This little brooch was so hard to photograph in doors that I took it out into the garden to prevent using the flash on my camera.

My trusty camera assistant Billy decided as always that this was an opportunity not to miss!

He would not budge out of shot for me to do a close up!

He just sat very proudly by my little bat, I am sure he always thinks it his duty just to check everything out for me when I try to photograph anything.

Eventually I had to move my bat to another bench to get my close up shot.

So there we are, I little glimpse into my Halloween/autumn treasure chest, sharing some of my never to be sold beads and jewellery pieces, all very special to me (and so is Billy :0) )

I hope you enjoyed taking a peep.

Bye for now,
Jane X


  1. oh Jane, that was fab. Thank you, thank you for including me in your 'treasury'. I am in love with your witchy bead, that is the best halloween bead I have seen this year, gorgeous. That silver bat is so shiny and he might have been a pest for close up's but I think that Billy enhances the shot ;O). I really enjoyed reading that, and I can see that your daughter is now well on the way to her own collection of beaded treasures, paid for by mum!! Thank you again Jane, this was fab xx

  2. These are so precious, Jane! I also have Christmas jewelry (and it's from etsy too - I had bracelets for me and my Sis last Christmas AND this ;) a tradition in growing). But that birdie with it's little nest and eggs is plain perfect! I love it! And I love the little bat too, you really are lucky with your sweetest DH AND cutie pie assistant Billy!

    Happy Wednesday!


  3. You are more than welcome Laney, you are very clever the way you play with fire and create such treasures. Amy's witch is pretty cool isn't it.
    Keep torching and I really hope to catch up with you at a bead fair soon..
    Love Jane

  4. Hi Mia and thank you. I have some rather special snowman beads which I made into a really over the top fab bracelet last was a real talking point!
    I shall feature it as we get closer to my favourite time of year and yes my DH really does spoil me.
    Billy sends a pink nosed kiss!
    Love Jane x

  5. Now how did I know when you said that you had to take your gorgeous brooch outside to photograph that the next photo would include Billy!!! (So glad it did though, always lovely to see him)
    Well Jane I'm facinated by your post these lampwork beads are stunning little works of art!!
    I love the witch and the pumpkin and the acorns and toadstools are so sweet (loved the Faraway Tree)!
    Thanks for sharing your little treasures. :)
    Vivienne x

  6. Hi Jane! Wow! You are an endless supply of treats and surprises! It's really cool to see how you support the work of fellow artists and incorporate these works into such beautiful pieces. What vision! Thanks for letting us see what your busy hands have been creating! :o)

  7. Vivienne I think you are reading my Billy very well! He is just such a fun cat and has to be in with everything we do.It's like having my own product manager-LOL!
    I'm so glad you are a Faraway Tree girl too, I just loved those books as a child.
    I have woken up this am to the first frost...rather pretty with such a blue sky but I am glad I don't have to go out til later...brrrr
    Have a great week,
    Jane X

  8. Hi Michele,
    I love supporting artists work....I am stunned by the amount of talent found around the world and via the www everything is now accessible. What a wonderful age we live in.
    Have a great week, it's turned really chilly here, I'm sure you still have plenty of warmth to come.
    Jane x

  9. Omygoodness Jane, quite the nice beads. Oh how I wish I could wear jewlery. Somehow it just looks a bit odd on me. I do collect it though as you do especially unique pieces with tons of character.

    Thank you for the lovely views of talented artists.

    Hugs, Dani

  10. Hi Dani,
    Thanks for your comment. There are some very talented lampwork artists around... they keep coming up with something new too.
    Have a good weekend,
    Jane x

  11. Jane, thank you for sharing my work in your blog! You have a great collection of fall beads- I'm excited to see a Claire bead as well, she's a super girl! Enjoy your beads!

  12. Thanks so much for featuring me Jane! xxxxx (and thank you to you too Amy! xxx)

  13. Hi Amy,
    Great to have you visit me here. Your beads are just so original.My real favourite Halloween bead is my witch, she is such fun.Thanks for creating such lovely work.
    Have a great weekend.
    Jane x

  14. Hi Claire, I think your skill and the popularity of your beads are shown by the fact you sell out your as soon as they go into your Etsy shop. They really are works of art and I treasure the ones I own.You really do have a gift.
    Keep torching and have a great weekend,
    Jane x

  15. These are amazing Jane, I know practically nothing about jewellery making so lampwork beads are new to me but they are beautiful, I can totally understand why you collect them. The magic toadstool and the beautiful tree bead are my favourites. Stunning.


    Oh and I bet your daughter was over the moon to get such a thoughtful and amazing gift, you are so very talented.

  16. Thank you Beth. It's interesting how many different artistic skills exist isn't it. Many people have never heard of lampwork glass, it is a great skill to be able to play with fire.

    I enjoy seeing all the different talents on the blogs I read...I am pretty hopeless with a needle and thread myself and as for a paintbrush..forget it!

    Have a good Sunday, it's a great sunny start here, I am heading for the garden, the first frosts have finished off some of my summer bedding and need sorting!

    Jane x

  17. Love the bead changer! Also really loving the tree bead, but all of them are wonderful. It's so nice of you to give credit to the people who made them, and it's great to see how you put things together. I have a couple of beads like this, but now I feel like I need a lot more of them!

  18. Yes beware Linda, buying these beads can get a little addictive!The bead changer is so useful - glad you liked my treasures.
    Jane x


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