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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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So happy to be headed for New Orleans in a few days, mostly for work on a board I serve on, but there will be a tiny bit of time for (hopefully) visiting beloved relatives (GO CAJUNS!), visiting my childhood home, and scouring the French Quarter for exotic beads.  Maybe my old favorite the Voodoo Shop will have something interesting, just in time for Halloween!  Here in Santa Fe there's an incredible jewelry artist (need to find out her name!) doing gorgeous beaded earrings with shiny black skull beads and sparkly crystals -- never have skulls looked so beautiful!  We'll see what we find in New Orleans and I'll keep you posted!

Passing the Flame

This gorgeous book by Corrina Tettinger takes artisans step-by-step through the craft of making all kinds of exquisite lampworked beads -- from details on recommended equipment and supplies, to the universe of glass beads that have been designed and that are still waiting for the imaginative artist to interpret and create.  I highly recommend it for not only artisans and beadmakers, but for anyone who would like to know more about how beautiful glass beads are made.

 We just discovered a delightful bead store in Durango, Colorado:  Beads and Beyond.  The treasures we found there (now on sale on this web site) include a necklace/earring pendant set of hammered sterling silver, and delicate butterfly wings (ethically harvested) encased in silver.  Check out their web site if you're interested in learning more about this very friendly Durango store.

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