Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Still no new beads to show...

I am sorry for not posting any new beadies here...but I have not been able to torch these last days.
Every time I sit down at the torch I start thinking about my dad who is severely ill and will have to undergo surgery for stomach cancer although his heart is so weak his cardiologist was not too happy about it but it has to be done. Now that we are waiting for the surgery appointment he got a bronchitis on top. This must be treated first before they can perform the surgery.
During the day I am able to function without too much worrying, but every time I sit down at my torch, these thoughts come and fill my head and I cannot stop worrying.
Since last Friday my bunny boy Flocki is also sick again. The vet cannot find any organic reason but here too we are back to giving meds, feeding through a seringue every few hours,watching out for bunny poop,...
This keeps me from making beads because first I cannot concentrate fully on the glass and also I want my beads to make people happy and not be filled with sadness.
I will continue posting beads on etsy because I have hundreds of them filling several drawer cabinets but working on custom orders is delayed.
I hope for  your understanding.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New beads and a completely new idea ( at least for me ;-)

I tried something new: color coordinated lampwork bead sets, ready to be made into quick and easy jewelry, what do you think?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My new favorite bead style

 I am really in love with my red enamel powder, can you see it? On a black base, it looks sophisticated and elegant, on red and orange, it reminds me of the coming fall season with the indian summer colored leaves and on turquoise, it simply looks stunning.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Blue Moon Rosary Challenge Blog Hop

I am very honored to participate in the blue moon rosary challenge blog hop!

I want to show this rosary, currently available in my rosary etsy shop:

because it shows best what I love about rosarymaking.

Olive wood beads form the Holy Land, combined with my own handmade lampwork beads ( of course, my lampwork beads have to come in here somehow ;-)) and genuine old antique and vintage rosary parts which I hunt down at antique fairs and flea markets in Belgium and France.

Please hop on to the other participants, 2 very talented artists:

Margareta Saari, Finland


jewelry blog:


Toltec Jewels, U.S.A.

main blog for the Jewel School community:

Jewelry blog:


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Big sale in my etsy shop!

We are back from our summer vacation and I will be working on new beads soon. 
In the meantime, to make room for all the new ideas, I need to clean out my etsy shop a little bit and you will be able to save 20% by using the coupon code BACKTOWORK. 
Valid from now on until August 24th.

Friday, July 27, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

This is my second time participating in this worldwide event. 400 jewelry designers are participating this time and you can find all the participating blogs here:
I am very happy to be part of this event and I want to thank Lori Anderson from for the huge workload she put into organizing this event!

I was partnered with Leah Curtis and she sent me a wonderful bead soup with gorgeous ceramic beads, a charming sterling silver clasp she made herself and lots of other goodies, among which a beautiful beaded bead which was immediately snatched by my daughter.

I have made three necklaces:

 The first one is a large bronze necklace. The bronze parts are from my own stash and everything else from the bead soup. I have used the ceramic focal, the ceramic beads and 2 of the ivory colored vintage beads as well as the silk. It was my first time using both silk and ceramic components and I am thrilled at the result.

The second necklace is made with the wonderful green crystal beads Leah sent me. Just the right color for this soldered pendant from my religious art series. To balance the dainty crystals, I added silver links and a clasp I made.

The third and last necklace was the most difficult to make. I love the silver clasp Leah made herself and wanted to showcase it, not simply hanging on the back of a necklace. 
Here is is, paired with one of my handmade lampwork beads and a necklace made of hammered silver links, made to match the clasp.

I hope you enjoy the blog hop and would love to read a few comments ;-)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My bead soup has arrived at the destination

Here is a picture of the bed soup I sent Leah. But better head over to her blog :
to see much better pictures of all the soup ingredients.
I am already very curious to see what she will do with it ;-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My bead soup arrived!

Here is the wonderful bead soup I got from Leah Curtis from 
I especially love the ceramic focal and the ceramic beads as I have never worked with those. My daugher has already set eye on the beaded bead. The silk will be a challenge too. Have you noticed the wonderful handpainted aquarelle card she included? So beautiful!!
So stay tuned for the reveal and the blog hop which will take place on the 28th of July.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I am in flower mood!

Finally the summer has arrived here and although it is getting almost too hot to torch, I spend the evenings at my torch making flower beads ;-)
This one is the first in a series of stone flowers: large flowers on top of focal beads in a stone pattern.
Available here:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6th BSBP

The awesome Lori Anderson has done it again: the 6th Bead Soup blog Party is starting soon.
It is my second time around and this time, my partner is Leah Curtis from Beady Eyed Bunny:
Go and take a look at her wonderful art jewelry. She is an amazing designer.
Can't wait to see what she will make with the beads I will send her ;-)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bead sale in my etsy shop

On June 23rd we are celebrating our national holiday in Luxembourg. To join in the celebrating, use Coupon Code JUNE23 to get a discount of 15% in my etsy store, from now on until the evening of June 23.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A trip down memory lane

( this picture shows all my small spacers, approx 700 beads ;-)

Because I was unable to torch for a few weeks and missed fondling my beads, I took the resolution to organize my boxes and bags full of my own handmade beads. This took me own a trip down memory lane, and I want to share it here with you.

As some of you may know I took up lampworking more than 9 years ago because I was looking for unique beads to incorporate into my jewelry designs.
I was constantly on the search for that something special. Then , thanks to a friend, I was introduced to the wonderful world of lampworking. That did not ease my situation!
Technically speaking, it took me a few years to get the knowledge to be able to make the beads I imagined...but then the interest in making jewelry quickly faded as I became more and more obsessed with the beadmaking part and less interested in the jewelry designing part.

At about the same time I discovered lampworking, I also started making rosaries and religious inspired jewelry and this has been yet another direction in which I have been going since.
Quickly, it became clear to me that, being a devout catholic and having earned a master degree in theology, the rosary making should be my primary occupation and I am very happy with it.

Of course, my lampworking reflected this and I have been making many sets of smaller beads meant for using in rosary making, thus supporting fellow rosary makers in their designs. This explains why many of the bead sets in my etsy shop are organized either by 6 or by 10 beads, this being the number of beads mostly used in rosary making.

During my bead organizing, I realized I have way too  many beads. I used to hoard them for jewelry making purposes, but now it is clear to me this will not happen ;-) On top of this, my dads severe health issues and his suffering a few cardiac arrests during the last weeks made me realize we will not be here for always and we will not be able to take our beloved beads with us...

Yesterday I registered for the next bead soup blog party organized by the amazing Lori Anderson and it dawned on me what to do with all these beads. Almost all of  those treasured beads I could not bear to separate with will be neatly packed into surprise bags and listed in my etsy shop over the course of the next weeks.

For all of you who have read until here, I have a question: would you prefer the bags to have a mixture of focals, larger and smaller beads, or rather organized by color, style and size? Please leave a comment telling me of your preferences !

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thanks a lot for all your prayers and good wishes...

... my dad is slowly but consistently recovering, they implanted a mobile defibrillator, which will hopefully save him if he ever gets another cardiac arrest. He will have to stay for a few more days in hospital, but that is fine as long as there is no more imminent danger.
For me this means that a heavy burden has been lifted from my heart and I am back behind my torch;-)
This is the first bead I made after more than 4 weeks and it is up for adoption here:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Asking for your prayers

Several weeks without torching are lying behing me now and I still do not know when I will be able to start again.
 First it was me having health issues and when I fully recovered, my father had to be hospitalized.
He has been there for almost 2 weeks now and he is in a very bad condition. He did have several seizures and a few days ago, he even suffered a cardiac arrest. They were able to get him back but he had to stay in the ICU for a few days and today he will be brought to a different hospital specialized in heart conditions.
I spend a lot of my time taking care of my mother and also in hospital with my dad.
Maybe the worst in all this is my daughter slowly realizing that her beloved grandpa is old and suffering and might not live to be 100 after all ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rough and tumbled beads

A new take on one of my favorite techniques. These beads have been tumbled to get a matte look and then finished to give them a rather antique look, rougher and with a few pitts.

Still experimenting to see if I should "antique" them even more or not...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Etsy shop changes

A few days ago, I was shopping on etsy for czech faceted glass beads to use in my rosaries. Many shops had their beads not listed per size or finish but by color!
I really liked this and decided to give it a try for my lampwork beads shop too.
So I spend an entire evening testing categories and rearranging the beads.
I really like the result. It looks much better and more organised than ever. If you want to go and take a look, here is the link:

I would love to get some feedback if you prefer it this way or if you liked it better before . :-)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Silvered Ivory Bands

I have been making this design and some slight variations: round and nuggets, matte and glossy, large and small, for more than 8 years now, and still I always come back to this classic yet versatile design.

The first set , in classic ivory has been tumbler etched and has a nice earthy touch to it.

 I love tumbling the beads, as there are no dangerous chemicals involved.

If you want to have a closer look at these sets; look here:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Finally some new beads...

Funny and spring inspired new bead sets!
I have been making lots of dotted beads lately, more can be found in my etsy:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flower Power Bambi

Insgesamt 4 solche Flower Power Bambis gibt es jetzt in meinem dawanda-shop. Normalerweise hab ich es ja nicht so mit den knalligen Farben, aber  vielleicht liegt es ja am Frühling: momentan kann es mir nicht farbig und kitschig genug sein ;-)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Colourful start into the weekend

Yesterday, I had a very colourful torch session.
Finally spring has arrived around here, the most beautiful weather and warm temperatures, the first daffodils are showing their amazing yellow heads and I was in spring mood too when choosing my colors for the day:-)
This set has a mixture of rondelles, nuggets and regular shaped lampwork beads, all in daffodil colors.

Friday, March 23, 2012

And the winner is...

Congratulations to  Patty, you are the winner of the 30$ Gift certificate to my etsy shop:
You can choose from the beads actually in the store or let me know what you would like to have and I will make the beads especially for you. Please contact me for all the details ;-)
Thanks a lot to everyone who pinned, commented and liked !!! As a thank you gift, use coupon code "Anniversary" for free shipping today and during the whole weekend.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Big Bead Giveaway for my 9th anniversary of lampworking

On March 22, 2003 I made my first bead in  a lampworking workshop .... and no, I am not going to show it here ;-)

To celebrate this 9th anniversary, you can win a gift certificate for a value of 30$ to be redeemed in my etsy shop:

To be entered in the drawing, you can  do the following: ( please leave me a separate comment with a link for each thing that you do with an e mail contact address. )
From today until March 22:

Follow my blog

Blog about this post on your  blog 

Share this post on Facebook, Twitter or your preferred social network.

Pin an item from my etsy shop:  to Pinterest or share it on Facebook or Twitter.

Like my Facebook page:

The winner will be announced here on March 23.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nugget shape or soft edges???

I have made some changes in the shape of my nugget beads, as you can see in the 2 sets above.
In the past years, I made them really nugget-shaped with well defined edges.
Maybe its because I am thinking spring and soft colors... I decided to soften the edges by flamepolishing them more after faceting.
I like this effect, but DH thinks they look like round beads gone wrong....
What do you think?

All the new beads are waiting for new good homes here:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More spring beads, fresh from the kiln

Finally, the temperatures are rising and I am able to spend more time in my studio.
Looking forward to make lots of new beads. ;-))

On March 21 I will be celebrating 9 years of lampworking. Watch out for bead giveaways all through the month of march!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring inspired leaf beads

I want winter to be over now!
No more nasty weather, temperatures too cold to go to my studio, no more dark rainy days, I WANT SPRING!
Lent  is starting next week and I have been thinking about what to give up for these 7 weeks, but I must admit I have no idea yet. Maybe instead of giving up something for this time, I could add something to do, just as " one green smoothie per day" instead of "no coffee and sweets".
How about you?

My torch time lately has already been spring inspired, here are my latest:
5 leaf beads, in a light  green transparent glass, just the right size and color for spring inspired jewelry.
They are waiting for you here:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monthly Make for February

This pair of socks just got finished. I started it in Februar last year and after the first 10 rows abandoned the project because I did not like the colorway.
Thanks to the monthly make project, I mustered all my courage and started working again on them this February 1st. Now they are done and my daughter has adopted them already!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Turquoise bead set made from vintage glass

Back in spring 2003, when I was just starting out to lampwork, I bought a stash of old vintage glass rods dating back to the 1950's on a flea market. At that time, I had nearly no notions about glass COE and bought the glass because of the beautiful colors.
I learned the hard way that it is not compatible with my usual range of 104 COE so I just made spacers of some rods, others in less beautiful colors got a new life as garden stakes in my herb garden and a few very shocky ones even landed in the trash bag.
Then when I reorganized my studio in 2007 to make room for more glass, I put these in a large drawer and completely forgot about them...
During my latest lampworking pause due to technical issues in January, I used my torch time to clean and rearrange my mess studio and rediscovered these rods.

These beads are a very intense semi translucent brilliant turquoise. I made them all into 11x8mm spacers and got a total of 17 beads from the 3 rods I had left. They are currently looking for a new home here:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bead set from recycled glass

Once upon a time,there was a beautiful blue and crystal vintage glass plate...then it became a victim of gravity... I rescued it, smashed it in tiny shards, melted these in the flame to make small "rods" and turned these into nugget shaped beads.
They are looking for a new home here:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New beads with the new equipment

Slowly but steadily I get accustomed to working with the new oxycon.
I don't know if it is the season and my longing for spring or the different flame of the torch that inspires me to make different beads than usual.
Take for example the single colored round beads with the striped silvered ivory I have been making for the last 7 years....I laways loved to make them, but now.... I have been torching for some time without pulling silvered ivory stringer, which is a complete novum for me.
I long for clean colors, deep crystal encasing, as in the middle set, which will go up on etsy later today.
I am curious to see where this all will take me ;-)

Friday, January 20, 2012

My monthly Make for January

One of my New Year resolutions was to venture out of my comfort zone, speaking of crafts and artistic activities.

Then a few days ago I stumbled on this site:

and decided to join the monthly make challenge for 2012.

I have a long list of things and techniques I want to try and having this kind of obligation actually got me started.
My monthly make for 2012 is the soldered pendants.
For years literally I wanted to make these soldered pendants... I gave it a try once, some 5 or 6 years ago but I could not figure out how to securely attach jump rings, so I gave up.
Three days ago, I got started again!

The easy part about it was that I had all the supplies at hand, I just had to get a new bottle of flux, as the old was all dried out...and with the help of a good friend I managed to get the jump rings attached.
I proudly present my first soldered pendants, they still need to get patinaed and prettied up a little bit, but I am already very happy with how they look now!