I must first give full credit to my creative oldest son, and tell you how the name of my website originated. (Really, I had nothing to do with it...) :o) One day while on our way home from the store, (before the days of my beadmaking website) I made mention how I thought it would be neat to build a website, and display my work there. After throwing a few names out there of what to call it, my 21-year old (was 9 then) son said to me, "how about naming a website, A Bead is Born". And that's where it all began. I owe the creativeness of the name to him, and i'm sure you can imagine how wonderfully proud he is of it. Kids are the best.
And.. a little about me....
I am a full-time mom of three wonderful children, a wife, and a registered nurse. I have been happily creating beads for 12 years. I am a self-taught lampworker, and I work right out of my basement studio. Like most other lampworkers, I have several pitiful practice beads, hiding in a plastic container to show off in a few years for a good laugh. One day, I might share some pictures of those first beads with you. I have sold several pieces of my work on Ebay, and I also sell directly from my website. I welcome special request orders as well.
Clarity and cleanliness are important to me when working with glass. All of my glass is thoroughly cleaned in hot soapy water before used. If ordered in large quantities, I just pop them in the dishwasher on the top rack for one cycle of cleaning.
All of my beads are handmade using Moretti/Effetre, Vetrofond, Lauscha, and Bullseye glass. My beads are carefully kiln annealed overnight, with the use of a temperature controller (what would we do without it...) This ensures durability and strength so you get the longest enjoyment out of your beads. After my beads come out of the kiln, they are thoroughly cleaned of their bead release; using water and a hand drill with a diamond bit, to provide clean and smooth bead holes.
My goal is to provide you with beads that will make you smile. I take pride in my work, and I only offer beads that I feel are the best.
Any questions? Please send me an email