Monday, February 8, 2010

Sue Beads Lamp work Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, February 08, 2010 43 Comments

Artisans who make lamp work beads have my utter respect. They really help us make beautiful jewelry. So I was thrilled when Sue Beads offered this yummy strand of hand made beads worth $24 retail for today's giveaway. They look good enough to eat!  She calls this design Lily Pond Swirl.

Sue is based in Pittsburgh, PA. She initially took classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and as you can see from her Etsy store and her own website, she got hooked and has blossomed into the kind of artisan bead magazines love to feature!  Her work has been featured in three past issues of BeadStyle magazine.

Lamp work bead making is a skill that takes time to master - remember molten glass is fluid and darn hot! Lamp work artisans like Sue form beads around a mandrel adding different colored glass as they go along.  You have to like working with torches and be comfortable with gas tanks. Here is a picture of Sue working in her basement workshop, melting the glass in the flame. Notice she wears special glasses. That's to protect her eyes from the glare of the flame. Ventilation is another safety consideration - see the extraction hood above her. She also has a digitally controlled kiln in the picture. The green gas tank with pressure gauges is peeking out on the left of the kiln.


The beads she makes are just lovely.  Here are a couple of my favorites from her store. Do visit to ogle her current stock. She also does custom work and special large hole beads.

 


To win Sue's lovely Lily Pond Swirl beads, just leave a comment below. Subscribers may wish to click on the post title to return to this blog to do so. Extra entries can be had by subscribing, following me on Blogger or joining my Facebook fan page. I will be picking a winner via random.org in about a week`s time. The close of this giveaway will be 6 pm EST Monday February 15.

Good luck!

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43 comments:

  1. I've only recently discovered the wonderful world of lampwork beads. And I'm hooked! I would LOVE to win some of Sue's beads, because I already have a few projects lined up and have been looking for just the right lampwork beads.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. I love those beads but I also love your blog. I always seem to find something to take away from reading it. Thanks for making the effort to blog.

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  3. Pearls - these are lovely beads. I think you know how much I admire lampworkers! I have taken a few classes myself with both soft and hard glass. It takes a lot of concentration and sometimes bandages for the burns. I think lampworking is a great stress release as you can only think about the bead you are making otherwise you will have a lump of glass on your bench. Thanks for offering this contest.

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  4. I really like the color of those beads. I can even imagine what I would do with them, should I win....But really they are quite nice. I have great respect for making beads...as I am only at the stage where I like to pick them out and string them together in my own unique way

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  5. What a beautiful color! I love drooling over Sue's Etsy site, too. Thanks for the chance to win some of her beads. I have both of your blogs on my google reader so I don't miss any "eye candy"

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  6. Just perfect for spring and summer designs.

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  7. Love Sue's beads.

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  8. I'm SO happy to have discovered your blog! It inspires me tremendously... And I always wondered how these kind of beads were made. Sue's work is beautiful - it's amazing to think that each one is a unique piece of artwork done by hand. Wow.

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  9. I long for the day I can have a proper studio with room for "fire"..for now I love collecting beautiful beads by talented artisans- Sue's work is delightful!!

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  10. These beads are gorgeous. Thanks so much for offering them and introducing their very talented creator.

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  11. I have a frog that would like to hang out with that lily pond - beautiful beads!
    Susan

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  12. So beautiful! I love your work.
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  13. I'm one of those people who love lampwork beads but am afraid of the torch. Sue's beads are gorgeous and of course I'd love to win some! I'm sharing on facebook too.

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  14. I love the color of these beads and I am in awe of the talent it takes to create them.

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  15. These are my favorite from SueBeads shop
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36522188

    And I do subscribe to your blog. Love what you do.

    Linda B.

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  16. The colors of the beads are like Monet's garden....So beautiful.

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  17. I also subscribe to your blog - wonderful information and you are so generous to share it - thank you! Sue's Beads are GORGEOUS - and her choice for this giveaway couldn't be more perfect for the new year - according to PANTONE, shades of turquoise/teal/aqua are THE HOTTEST COLORS this season! Lucky for me they are at the TOP of my personal favorites list - and I would LOVE to win them!

    Thank you BOTH for this giveaway!

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  18. Just found your blog - yeah!

    I love SueBeads - her beads are gorgeous and so well made.

    Thanks for the chance to win a set.

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  19. Absolutely georgeous. I am in love with lampwork beads and wish I could make them. I have so much respect for the time and practice it takes to master even the simplest round bead.
    Great giveaway, thanks

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  20. Just found your blog and looks like I'll be adding to my favorites. Good stuff! And great give-away. I love Sue's Beads :)
    Count me in!
    Carlene

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  21. Just visited SueBead's website. YOW! I'll have to add it to my list of temptation splurges!
    Thanks to Sue for offering this great strand! And thanks for posting it, Pearl!

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  22. This is a fun, and informative blogsite!

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  23. I love glass beads. They are wonderful to create pretty little colorful jewelry to wear on any occasion.

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  24. Wow, Sue is a very well organized artisan, I like her workspace, she seems to have everything she needs at her fingertips.

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  25. These beads are amazing, especially because blue is my favorite color! The artist mixes color so nicely!

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  26. Hi! I make my own beads with PC but am slowly being enchanted with lampwork beads. I love these aqua ones and would love to win them, please enter me! Thanks to you and Sue for offering this giveaway!

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  27. Oh, and I have been a follower of your blog for awhile, love it! I don't have FB though.

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  28. ahhh, I'm so far behind BUT when I caught a glimpse of this contest I knew I had to at least read this one first! I've seen Sue Beads before and love them, in fact, I have some gemstones that would pair perfectly with them. Hope I win!
    -Stephanie

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  29. I love Sue Beads lampwork! I have a bracelet in mind with these beads... Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  30. Hi Pearl - I too love these beads and would like to be included in the draw. Peace

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  31. These beads are so pretty, I'd love to make something special with them for my Mum's Birthday :o)

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  32. I just returned from vacation and these beads are the color of the ocean - how beautiful! Reminds me of warm tranquil days! Very inspiring!

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  33. Myrna Braby 435-6865February 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Beautiful...I haven't heard of these before and the colour is absolutely wonderful. Is there somewhere that describes the process? Thank you for including me in the draw...I would love to win these.

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  34. Love Sue's beads! I have completed several projects using her "sparklers" and I do intend to buy more. Would love to win these, however ;-)
    Karen

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  35. I've seen Sue's beads before and I have to say I love her beads...
    Cheers

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  36. I'm a fan of Sue's beads!!! They are gorgeous!! A piece of ART!!

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  37. I just found your blog through Sue's blog. I love her beads, they are gorgeous!

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  38. these beads are just wonderful - true works of art - I have my fingers crossed

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  39. I am just getting into the world of artbeads and I have to admit that I am in love. I really want to learn to make my own but that will take years to get to Sue's level of expertise but what a journey

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  40. would love to win and work with beads of this quality and beauty

    Neva

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  41. I've just recently became a big fan of lampwork beads! Thank you for this opportunity. I would love to have them! ;)

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  42. Alas Takie, this giveaway is over. Do hope over to Sue`s shop though as she has many beautiful lamp work beads on sale.

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