Thursday 31 October 2013


Lampwork glass beads
These soft grey beads are encased in sparkling crystal clear and decorated with white stripes. The soft grey spacers have been coated with shimmering silvery mica. Twinkly!

The strand is £18.50 and is available here.

'Little Bit '80s' & 'Pinkurple'

Lampwork glass beads by Laura Sparling
I cannot believe it's over a fortnight since my last blog post. That's awfulness. I've had flu, Nigel was really ill and another of my guinea pigs died so it's just been one thing after another but I think things are looking up now.

I was digging about in one of my glass boxes the other day (I don't have fancy organised glass rod storage because I know it would never stay organised) and I found half a rod of Effetre Amber Rose. This was an odd-lot of glass from about, oooh, ten-ish years ago now. Effetre never replicated it but it is such a pretty colour; kind of a pinky-peachy amber, as its name suggests. I teamed it with some CiM Chai and some soft grey to make this 'Little Bit '80s' set. Peach-pink and soft grey together always conjures up images of legwarmers and bubble perms in my mind.

And I also made a pink and purple set which I called 'Pinkurple' because it's pink and purple. Yes.
Lampwork glass beads by Laura Sparling
Both these sets are £18.50 each and they're for sale here.

I'd best get on with the beadmakery. Have a good day.

Wednesday 16 October 2013

New bead mixes

Lampwork glass bead mixes

I've not forgotten I still owe you a waffle post. I bet you quite literally (or not eh, pedant types?) cannot wait.

In the meantime, have these four lots of bead mixes.

There are four sets available in the shop priced at £18.50 a strand.

Happy Wednesdayness to you!

Friday 11 October 2013


Lampwork glass beads

These beads have white cores which I've encased with a thin layer of transparent purple. They're decorated with turquoise stringerwork and each strand of five comes with half a dozen turquoise spacers. These are priced at £13.50 a strand and they're available here.

Tuesday 8 October 2013

'Blackcurrant Jamboree' & 'Bluebell'

Lampwork glass beads

This is a quick pre-shed post to show you the beads that I've just added to the shop. 

The 'Blackcurrant Jamboree' ones up top and these 'Bluebell' ones ...

Lampwork glass beads

... are priced at £18.50 per strand and they're available to purchase here. There's only one strand of each so if you like them, nab them.

See you later!

Monday 7 October 2013

A bracelet and some beads

Lampwork glass bracelet

I've spent all weekend in the shed. I know. I'm a crazywild party machine and I need to calm the flip-heck down.

I made the 'Auburn & Amber' bracelet up there which consists of glass of just two colours - a red-brown and a medium amber. I kept the beads simple and the mini baubles are headpins*. The piece is finished with an acorn and oak leaf charm dangle at the clasp. All findings are copper and 'antique' copper plated. The bracelet looks absolutely gorgeous when the sun shines through it ...

Lampwork glass bracelet

There's only one of these bracelets available and it's for sale in my shop.

I also got my Halloween on and made two sets of beads in classic spookytime colour combinations; black and orange and purple and green.

Lampwork glass beads

Each strand of beads contains nine encased rounds, ten droplets and eight spacers. Again, there's only one set of each up for grabs so if you like them, grab them

I must do a boring what-is-going-on-in-my-life-that-is-not-about-beads post. I know that a couple of you like those. I will get on that as soon as I can. It won't be tonight as Monday nights are Slimming World nights. I still go even though I'm at my target weight. Those weekly weigh-ins keep me and my arse/pudding belly/thighs in check.

Have a marvellous Monday!

*Headpins. Remember how I was going to send folk lampwork headpins to test? Well, I asked for ten people and I got forty. I said yes to half of those. I then sent the first lot of headpins out to half of those and only had feedback from one person. So I've not sent any more headpins out because I can't afford to spend time, glass and postage giving stuff away and getting nothing back. So if you were in the batch of people who didn't receive a headpin bundle from me, that is the reason why. My apologies but I hope you understand.

Friday 4 October 2013

'Snow On Snow'

Lampwork glass beads

White spots on white beads on a white background. Not the easiest thing in the world to photograph, that.

These beads remind me of falling snow. Pure white cores encased in clear, decorated with off-white (CiM Coconut Milk) spots. I carried on the snow theme with a heart which is half clear and half white.

This strand is priced at £25.00 and it's available in my shop.