All of my beads are handcrafted in my studio at Anderson Alley. Because I make them one at a time, each is a unique work of art.
Using a propane-oxygen torch, I melt Italian, German, and American glass. Each bead is hand shaped with a variety of tools, and decorated using many different techniques. The results can be clean and classic, or deep and soulful.
After being formed, each bead is placed immediately into a heated kiln and cooled at a slow controlled rate to alleviate any stresses. This process, called annealing, produces a strong, durable piece that is superior to less expensive, unannealed, commercial glass beads, which is prone to breaking.
Once cool, each bead is lovingly cleaned and either made into jewelry or left loose to wear on leather or become part of your own creations.