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1  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
2  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:

3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Distressed...! Gold Discs & Cicciona Beads on: August 30, 2008 07:20:49 AM
I just LOVE my new bead series! I'm excited because I've had a bit of a creative drought as of late and am pleased to finally feel myself coming out of it!

I call this the Distressed Gold series because that is basically what I'm doing; Working the gold leaf in the flame to the point where it starts to break down. It leaves behind a very interesting look! (at least that's what I think - Take a look and see what you think!) Here are 3 of the large flat disks which are about 25mm x 25mm x 10mm:




And a couple of my Cicciona beads. (Cicciona in Italian means Chubby and that's exactly what these barrel beads are!) They are also a pretty good size at about 24mm x 18:



Plus I made some companion type beads, as well:


Thanks for looking!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Beautiful...! on: July 31, 2008 06:19:22 AM
My wife Lily and I just started getting into polymer clay and right away she is doing some incredible things!! Take a look at just her third project:

Honestly, I think that is beautiful. Way to go, Lily-Rose!!!

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Site review request on: July 27, 2008 11:41:57 PM
Hello! I've put together a jewelry-related e-commerce site for a nice couple here in town and was hoping for comments, suggestions etc. At times I get so close to a project that I miss the obvious. Any comments are very much appreciated: http://www.italianglassconnection.com/

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Distressed Silver Beads on: July 06, 2008 08:32:01 AM
These bracelets feature a new line of beads that I've been working on recently: Distressed Silver beads. I've become somewhat fascinated by the washed silver look and the different reactions depending on usage. The way Lily grouped these beads makes for a pair of very dramatic bracelets:





Thanks for looking! Tim
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Hemp Cord Necklaces Featuring Handmade Glass Beads on: May 17, 2008 02:30:40 AM
I teach glass beadmaking in Florence, Italy and one of my students is a young lady named Michela (from southern Italy) who makes the coolest stuff! I really like her recent series of hemp cord necklaces that feature her own handmade glass beads and wanted to show them off. She has perfected a style of wrapping the hemp cord in such a way so as to give the necklace a very unique look and feel. Soft to the touch, the hemp cord wrap becomes even more comfortable with use. The ends are knotted and sheared, creating a loop clasp that holds both securely and comfortably. Take a look:

And here are a few that feature my own beads:

She has a MySpace page that shows off more of her work (although the text is in Italian): http://www.myspace.com/MichelaFusaro Thanks for looking!
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / What are those...?! on: May 16, 2008 11:01:12 AM
Well I've been mutating glass again!  Wink These are hollow core beads that I made for one of my beadmaking students to use in a hemp cord necklace series. See what you think!

Thanks for looking!!

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Hollow Core Bead - Gold Encrusted & Jeweled on: March 12, 2008 07:48:00 AM
By request of a client, I attempted to create my own version of a now unavailable hollow Venetian bead: Both sides of this gold-encrusted hollow core flat oval have a single, jeweled dot at the center. This particular hollow oval is made using a beautiful deep red transparent glass. The jeweled dots are emerald glass:

And using a transparent glass known as Black Diamond gray. (Gold & jewels & diamonds, oh my...!) The jeweled dots are intense black glass:

And a georgeus deep aqua transparent glass. The jeweled dots are intense red glass:

I also made hollow cubes in the same 3 colors:

Thanks for looking!!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crazy-Quilt Patch Bag with Beaded Spiral Rope Strap on: February 01, 2008 12:14:34 PM
I just can't help but post a few photos of my wife Lily's Crazy-Quilt Patch Bag with Beaded Spiral Rope Strap. She has really out-done herself! See what you think:  Smiley

Thanks for looking!  Tim
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