Glass beads are often used to simulate the more expensive gemstones. However, lampwork beads are an example where man-made glass clearly outdo gemstones. For those who like strong design elements in jewelry making, lampwork beads are the way to go.

Thatgirl aka as Sue Booth from Australia is an amazing lampwork bead artist. I had enormous difficulty trying to find the one design that stood out amongst all her gorgeous lampwork creations. All were incredibly detailed and richly coloured which shows off her skill at this craft. She called this creation "Whirlpool" and a number of people fairly drooled as I did at this picture on her Flickr page.
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