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1  EUROPE / ITALY / Re: Craft stores in Toscane on: August 05, 2011 01:47:22 AM
Hi everyone,
I'll be visiting Toscane next week and I hoped you could give me some suggestions on craft shops I should visit. I will be going to Sienna and Firenze. Maybe some other places near that as well.
Is there anybody living there or maybe even owning a craft shop there?
Thanks in advance!!
Do  Smiley

Our bead making and jewelry design studio / store is located in the heart of the Florence, Italy artisan district known as the Oltrarno - You are welcome to visit!

2  EUROPE / ITALY / Re: Venice - buying beads on: March 04, 2009 10:40:46 PM
With its incredible bead making history, it is somewhat shocking to discover that bead stores as they are known in the states and the UK are few and far between in Italy. My wife Lily and I are originally from the states where we had bead stores in Seattle and then Tucson. We moved to Italy 8+ years ago and were very surprised by this fact. On the island of Murano, off of Venice, it is certainly possible to find loose beads but you need to be persistent in your quest. Ask stores owners and go shop to shop. The presentation will most likely not be what you are used to but bins of handmade beads are certainly to be had.

If you are in Florence, you are welcome to visit our bead-jewelry-glass studio. Here are walking directions:

Good luck!!
3  EUROPE / ITALY / Re: Yarn Shops- Rome, Florence, Venice? on: March 04, 2009 10:27:10 PM
We carry a nice supply of Italian yarns, in addition to other Italian ribbons, beads, beading supplies etc. Here are walking directions to our Florence, Italy store:

We hope to see you!
4  EUROPE / ITALY / Re: Bojourno! Italia! on: March 04, 2009 10:26:03 PM
We carry a nice supply of Italian yarns, in addition to other Italian ribbons, beads, beading supplies etc. Here are walking directions to our Florence, Italy store:

We hope to see you!
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: I would love to have a go at lampwork! on: March 04, 2009 09:49:53 PM
In terms of cost, you would probably spend about $500.00 to put together a glass beadmaking work station. This price includes a propane/oxygen torch, tools etc. but does not include your kiln for annealing. It also does not include your propane/oxygen tubing, regulators etc. which are specific to your country.

Generally speaking, the best prices and largest selection are found in the US. The beadmaking hobby industry there is tremendously huge and drives innovation and competition. More often than not if you purchase items in the UK, for example, you will be buying items that were originally made in the states and then shipped over. In this moment, you'll often see that a torch made in the states, such as the commonly used Nortel Minor Bench Burner, will cost $150.00 in the states, 150.00 in the EU and 150.00 in the UK. We live in Italy but often purchase from the states, even though there will be shipping and customs charges. In the end the better prices, better selection and weaker US currency make up for those shipping and customs charges. That my or may not be the case in your country but it is certainly worth looking into!

Best of luck to you!!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glass Resources on: March 04, 2009 09:28:39 PM
I would like to throw our hat in the ring as well, if I may. My wife Lily and I have both an online store and a brick 'n mortar that sells, amongst other things, Effetre / Moretti glass rods for lampworking. You can go directly to our lampworking supplies page by visiting this link:

Our brick 'n mortar is located in Florence, Italy. Here's a link to our walking directions page:

Thanks for the opportunity to post!


7  EUROPE / ITALY / Bead Making & Jewelry Design Classes, Italian Ribbons & Yarns... Florence, Italy on: February 12, 2009 05:46:43 AM
Our retail store, Beaded Lily, and our glass studio have merged to become Beaded Lily Glass Works Creation Center! (www.BeadedLilyGlassWorks.com) Now under one roof, our Creation Center is Bigger and more beautiful than ever and a wonderful environment in which to shop, take a class, create a piece of jewelry or just hang out.

In addition to an interesting assortment of classes and events, led by our Bead Making and Jewelry design classes, we also offer a completely unique product line:

*Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry *Fiber Jewelry & Accessories *Handmade Glass Beads (Our Own Production) *Venetian Glass Beads *Beading Supplies *Italian Ribbons & Yarns *Moretti/Effetre Glass Rods (Lampworking) & More...!

If you are planning on visiting Italy this year, consider joining us - Our new working studio is a wonderful environment in which to get creative!

See you soon!

Lily & Tim
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felting! on: January 17, 2009 09:13:39 PM
Just wanted to show off some cool new things that Lily is doing with felt. A friend recently introduced her to the fab-o world of needle felting - Here's a great heart shaped pin:

A brooch or two:

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scrapbooking Supply Links on: December 16, 2008 09:53:57 PM
We've had a lot of interest from outside of the jewelry design world by scrapbookers who love our tubular wire mesh ribbon:
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Distressed...! on: September 04, 2008 04:00:34 AM
what are they made of?  they're really pretty Grin do you need a kiln to make those?  modify: or can I whip out fiiiiirrre! with a blow torch?

Wow... Blow torch!  Cheesy That would be fun to watch!!  Wink

These are all made of soft glass and gold leaf on a lampworking torch. The only reason I use a kiln for these beads is to anneal the beads after-the-fact to ensure durability.

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