Bead Museum – what an honor

bead museum

This is a bead from my Artifact Series that I donated to the Sweeney Collection Bead Museum back in 2015

I am proud to be part of a group of extraordinary glass artists.

bead museum

A Contemporary Glass Bead Museum – the Sweeney Collection

The Sweeney Collection Museum is a new museum based on a collection of beads started by Linda Sweeney. The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of this amazing medium of miniature glass art and recording the history of the artists. The collection is currently housed in Glorieta, NM. There is also a lampwork studio where classes of up to 8 students can be held.
Their Mission Statement:
– To educate people about the medium of lampwork beads
-To record the history of the American glass bead movement
-Become a resource of information and networking for artists, students and historians
-Promote artists’ work and market art glass beads
-Support lampwork artists in any way possible
-Support bead related and community charities

Bead Museum – Glendale, AZ

The Bead Museum in Glendale, AZ was founded to establish a haven for a permanent collection of beads and adornments of all cultures, past and present, which would provide an enduring opportunity for the study and enjoyment of these magnificent examples of art and ingenuity.  The museum was founded in 1984 by Gabrielle Liese and housed an international collection of over 100,000 beads and beaded artifacts. It closed in March 2011, and the collections were donated to the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California.  One of my Desert Bloom beads was part of this collection.


Lampwork Bead Trunk Show

Lampwork beads

I will be having a trunk show of my lampworked beads on May 1 – 2.  Here is a preview of a few…..

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A challenge – but it’s finished

Nevada Silver Pendant Necklace – finished

This piece was definitely a challenge, but I finished it yesterday and I am very happy with the results.  First the sketch


The glass piece was a Nevada Silver lampworked pendant I made a few weeks ago.  I wanted to cap it with sterling silver and hang it from a silver hollow form piece that I would fabricate and then set a labradorite stone that I had purchased recently – which really complemented the glass.  Then I would finish it with a hand made chain.

Here’s the finished piece

challenge pendant

Fabricating the hollow form in sterling was definitely the challenge.  Before you solder it you must drill a hole in order for the air to escape when it’s heated and prevent the piece from exploding.  The soldering went fine.  But then you pickle it and I realized the hollow form was now filled with pickle (an acid solution used to clean the silver).  OK so I soaked the piece in water and baking soda and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed.  But of course some water was still in there; so I finally had to dry the piece on a hot plate to get rid of all the moisture.  A good solution to the problem but it took forever, and I had to do it each time I soldered.  I didn’t want to risk heating the piece and vaporizing acid!!!

I had to solder the bezel twice as there was a very tiny gap.  So I got more solder inside the bezel than I had planned.  And then the stone wouldn’t fit.  Arrrggggh! I spent a fair amount of time cleaning out the excess solder but the stone was still just a little too tight.  Luckily I had just watched a video by Melissa Muir where she forms and polishes a glass cab.  Ummm  So I ordered the appropriate wheels for my jool tool and in 20 seconds had removed just enough of the cab for it to fit perfectly.  Plus I now can finish my own glass cabs…..   but that will be another post later.

Finally I fused Argentium silver jump rings to make the hand made chain.

It took a week, but it’s done.  I learned a lot and I love the piece.  I don’t think I can part with it….  So I’ll have to make another for the shop.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Bead 9

Number Nine

Number 9

Bead 9 – Silvered ivory with ivory dots

Continuing with silver on ivory glass…


I love ivory.  But then, I love neutral colors.  So I had to try adding silver to the ivory glass and WOW  wonderful reactions.

Bead #8 is silver on ivory with stringer scrollwork in another color i love – ochre.  This bead is a long bicone.  I also love that it is matte.  A finishing detail I love to do.


Bead 8 – A silvered ivory bicone with stringer scrollwork and a matte finish.

Pendant bead

Pendant bead

A pendant bead and a work in progress

Technically not a bead because the hole does not go all the way through.  I will cap this pendant bead.  I am making a silver hollow form that will attach to the capped pendant.  A work in progress…….  stay tuned.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Bead 6

Nevada Silver disk bead

Bead 6 – Nevada Silver disk bead

Nevada Silver

Nevada Silver History

Silver mining in Nevada began in 1858 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver-mining district in the United States. Nevada calls itself the “Silver State.”  When I started lampworking in 1996 I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada.  When I started adding metals to my glass I named the resulting beads after Nevada’s silver mining…

These Nevada Silver beads can be used as spacers, bracelet beads, or in a long chain.  Very versitile.  I love that I am focusing on these silvered beads.  These beads a neutral and pair well with almost anything.

New jewelry soon in my shop…

Nevada Silver small beads

Sneak Peak

A bracelet with the small Nevada Silver Beads and cast Shibuichi lady bugs….

Nevada Silver bracelet

creating the desert in glass and metal


The yucca plant is native to the high deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.  Extracts from the plant’s root are used in alternative medicine, as a soap, and as an herbal dietary supplement.  The yucca is a tree like succulent.  The yucca flower is a series of white or purple blossoms on a long stalk.  We have several yuccas and I love when they bloom.  Of course it’s inspiration!

yucca plant photo

Yucca inspiration – Bead 4

yucca inspired bead

Bead 3

Bead 3 – dots

This lampworked bead uses a technique of applying dots on the glass.  The base bead is my Nevada Silver onto which I have applied silvery black dots that I pressed flat.  Made lots of variations of these with raised dots, melted dots, flat dots, rows of dots…….

bead - lampworking

Inspired by Navajo jewelry that is set with stones – mainly turquoise.

silver with stones

creating the desert in glass and metal