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MAWGA Lampwork Dichroic Heart

 The few people who knew me “bs” (that would be “before store”) knew me as a borosilicate glass bead artist. Few remember (or ever knew) that I started my beadmaking career working in soft glass, or that I had chosen to work with dichroic glass. My first work was done in a kiln, fused glass work but I quickly became enamored with flamework. Right now my small cannon of a torch sits idle but I do go pet it once in awhile, ha.

The picture above and the ones below were created in the mid to late 90’s. In trying to move files off my old, sickly computer, onto the new one I discovered these old pictures and thought I would share. I’m not sure if any of my other pictures still exist. Looking at them makes me want to possibly dust off my dichroic glass. It is a fun, yet challenging, beast. 

I started in the early 90’s doing fused glass but quickly became enamored with the thought of melting it in a torch. At the time  there was a small handful of people doing lampwork beads, and no organized groups. There was only scarce information about it so my work was mostly trial and error. Right now my cannon of a torch sits idle, but I do go and pet it once in awhile!

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MAWGA Lampwork Dichroic Vessel


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Space Hero!

Well, not in the Luke Skywalker sense, but a space hero nonetheless. Since moving to a smaller house we’ve discovered that our book collection (or more accurately MY beading book collection) takes up more space than all of our living room furniture combined.

Admittedly, since opening the store,  I have fallen WAY behind in terms of the newest in technological advances. My cell phone is a Flintstone throwback. So, that being said, I find myself enamored with the new Kindle. Add to that the fact that I can get beading books for it, WOW!

I am probably the last person on the planet that doesn’t have one. You all probably have a phone that can receive emails and take pictures. I am SO far behind!

Check out the best space saving device for a book junkie:


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Holiday Shopping?

If you are looking for a flat screen tv, or crockpot, or doghouse, and your fingers are taking you to Amazon, please use the link below before letting your fingers do the walking. As much as I hate to admit it, not everyone on everyone’s gift list has beads as their top priority. If you start your Amazon shopping from here, however, it does help support the store. Thank you!

AMAZON Shopping

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Holiday Tradition

Spiffy Snowman

I must be hard-wired to come up with a new holiday earring kit a week before the actual event. It seems I can’t help myself, I do it every year! This kit came about in response to the Hobo Snowman earring kit that was the first kit I offered. It seems that some see the red scarf pointing straight out as something other than a scarf. Shame on you, ha.

In response I am offering this new snowman. I hope you like it! Click on the picture for more details.

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Spring Spinner!

Spring Spinner

Meet the newest earring kit! Spring Spinner is crafted with sparkling Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, and a glowing vintage glass  electric green ring. Great for that fun-loving spirit!

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One More Week???

Something for Everyone!

Has the panic set in? Though there is still plenty of time to make something for someone, here is an old stand-by that I have used many times! My sons always appreciated getting this instead of a crystal beaded bracelet, though I don’t know why, ha. Just click on the image for the answer to those hard-to-buy-for and impossible-to-make-for people on your gift list.

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Now HERE is a Red Bead

The Red Bead

Don’t you love it? This awesome tower of red was created by the wonderfully talented Jill Symons.

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