Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Handmade Beads

My sister-in-law, Clare Gaylard, is a glass artist who makes wonderful glass beads, amongst other things. Here's a link to her website. Clare showed me how she makes her beads, a magical process using glass rods and a powerful flame - and steady hands! I came home with a collection of beautiful beads that I plan to combine with tatting. I've made a start:
Two bracelets with single beads as the focal point. And a pair of earrings:
The thread for the bracelets is Coats Floretta, size 20, part of a small stash I accumulated from several charity shops in England. At an average cost of 50 pence a ball!


  1. Glad you had such a nice trip! These beads are lovely- and the bracelets too!

  2. Wonderful beads!! :)
    Such fabulous bracelets and earrings!!! :)

  3. How wonderful to have another artisan in your family! Your creativity can encourage her and vice versa. Love the jewelry!

  4. You are very creative and love the last one as my favorite!

  5. Love the beads, so nice to use something unquie and different. Beautiful earrings
    Off to follow the link

  6. whoopie, there we go again!! These glass beads are nice, but your tatting around it ,is super!!