Lampwork Beads Transparent Aqua Blue Handmade Glass Aurae Band SRA
Gorgeous metallic beads. These handmade lampwork beads are made using transparent aqua glass. That is pretty just by itself. But when you add a double helix aurae metallic band around these shiny beads, they simply pop with the wow factor. The combination is awesome. These trendy beads would be great as earring pairs for for a bracelet or necklace. Need more? Just ask.
Sold individually by the bead
Quantity: 1 bead
Measurements: 10-11mm x 7-8mm
Mandrel size: 1/16
Hole size approximatley 2mm
Want or need more? Just ask and I will reserve a special listing for you.
Also available in a 3/32 mandrel - about a 2.5mm hole. If you prefer 3/32mm mandrel, let me know or you will automatically receive beads made on a 1/16mm mandrel.
All glass lampworked beads are handmade by me, Covergirlbeads glass artisan, Charlotte Hayes. I am a Texas artist living in Alvin near the Gulf of Mexico. I am located near larger and popular Texas cities like Houston, Galveston and Sugar Land. I love incorporating my lampwork beads into jewelry designs using semi precious gemstones, pearls, crystals and other mixed media materials to create beautiful jewelry for you. Care and love is given to each piece.
Member of Self Representing Artists SRA #H98
Handmade beads made in the USA
Handmade beads made in Texas
LAMPWORK - THE PROCESS OF MELTING GLASS
I melt glass using my Carlisle mini cc torch winding it onto a mandrel (metal rod) that has been dipped in bead release (a silica based clay) to prevent the glass from sticking to the mandrel. I use a variety of moretti/effetre Italian glass, Vetrofond, Lausha, CIM, Reichenbach, Double Helix, Bullseye, TAG and Reichenbach glass. I also use CZ cubic zirconias, dichroic glass, .999 fine silver, copper, silver leaf, gold leaf and palladium to add interesting designs and create elegant to organic styles of beads. After forming the bead, it is placed in the kiln to go through the annealing process.
Annealing is a MUST. It is the process where I place my beads in my preheated digitally controlled Glass Hive kiln and allow them to rest for several hours in a glowing heat bath until the glass is the same temperature all over. This relieves stress in the bead. Then the temperature is slowly ramped down overnight until the beads are completely cooled to room temperature. This process takes hours and adds strength and durability to each bead. BEADS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ANNEALED HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF CRACKING DUE TO STRESS AND THERMAL SHOCK.
CLEANING THE BEAD HOLES
Cleaning the bead release out of the hole is very important. I use an electric dremel with a diamond bit to clean each bead individually. Clean bead holes make for a nicer construction for artisans to assemble their jewelry. If you will inspect the cheap imports, you will notice they are filled with bead release and you should question whether or not they were kiln annealed. Always buy handmade!
Numerous pictures are taken in an effort to get just the perfect photo for you to view. This is can be very time consuming but worth every minute to ensure you see quality photos. Sometimes beads can be very stubborn and nearly impossible to show their true beauty.
Bead orders - Some beads may be made to order and have a 8 to 14 day turn around for shipping to get beads made, inspected and ready to ship.
Shipping - US Domestic - I use USPS First Class shipping with delivery confirmation.
I ship internationally at reasonable rates.
Shipping - International - I use USPS First Class International. Buyers are responsible for any and all customs duties, taxes, vat or any other expense that may be added to your package entering your country. If you need to know what import or VAT taxes your country will charge you in advance, please check with your Post Office and/or government tax office.
Sales Tax - If you live in the state of Texas, the appropriate sales tax (8.25%) will be added to your order.
Memberships and Associations - I am a proud member of Self Representing Artists - SRA H98
Received these today & they are so cute. I love them! Thanks so much :)
This pendant is beautiful. The picture does not do it justice! It arrived so quickly. Great turnaround time. It will become a beautiful necklace soon. The design ideas are already swirling. Thank you so much!
another fabulous bead and thanks for the free-bead!
Excellent quality beads - I will surely buy from this seller again.
Very nice items! Thank you !
Fast, easy, very smooth order. Recommend seller and would most definitely purchase from them again!
Great seller. Always sells quality product and fast and reliable shipment. A pleasure to do business with.
Beautiful beads!!! Thank you for the superfast delievry!
Great seller! Generous and very customer service oriented! Am a repeat buyer and highly recommend to others!
Very nice spacers!
Love the beads! Thanks!
Beautiful beads in gorgeous colours and very quick delivery - perfect thank you
It is a pleasure to deal with people who know the meaning of Customer Service!
Nice bead and great service. Reliable vendor.
Beautiful beads, fast shipping, thank you so much!
Beautiful items, shipped and received in a timely manner. Would definitely purchase from this shop again.
Thank you for such beautiful beads! They look just like the photos. They arrived very quickly and were packed very securely.
Such lovely beads! Arrived very quick and packed very secure. Wonderful shop to visit!
The beads are absolutely gorgeous! I really hate to give them to someone else, but I know my niece will them too!
Would like to give more than a 10 on this order! Superb communication, fast shipping . . . and stunningly glorious beads! I can't get over how these lampwork beauties glow! Can't wait to work with them. Thanks so much, Charlotte!