Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bead Spotlight: Glass Shapes

Shaped Glass Bead Assortment

So many of the designs that we create are inspired by our mood. When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, the cheerfulness that occurs with the end of winter can inspire some amazing beadwork. With nature’s best features becoming brighter each day, some of the most obvious themes to use now are flowers, birds, and insects.

Shaped glass beads are wonderful for helping to realize spring inspirations. Items like leaf beads can turn an otherwise ordinary necklace into a woodsy masterpiece. Flower beads can turn a simple earring design into the perfect daytime accessory.

The beads pictured here are just a few example of bead shapes that are prefect for spring. There are Czech glass clam shells, CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski butterflies, wavy Czech glass leaves, vintage glass leaves, and a charming lampwork turtle by Suzoom.

Some fun projects that use glass shapes to try:

Follow the Lady Bug Bracelet
Tidal Treasures Necklace
Wrapped Flower Ring
Beauty of Spring Necklace

Happy Spring, and happy beading!

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  1. This is a great post. Thanks for all the links.


  2. they are all so pretty! i am loving all the spring colors! ;)

  3. I always find the leaves especially irresistible. It's hard not to just string a bunch to see them all together.


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