Friday, May 1, 2015

My New Indiemade Store

I'm so excited to announce a new Covergirlbeads studio on Indiemade!  I have been working on it and thought I would share it with you.  Here is the link:

It has some neat features allowing you to have a choice - You can now have it your way!  Choices are always fun!  There are choices of shiny beads or etched beads, add fine silver to your bead, different bead sizes and bead hole size as well.

Most categories, especially the one showcasing a particular color of bead, have choices of small hole bead hole or large hole beads in the color of the listing.

Bead Sizes:
You can now have a choice in my standard 10-11mm beads with choices of 12-13mm and even 15mm beads.  Depending on the shape of bead, sizes will vary.  It is all listed in choices.

Bead Shapes:
You can now choose the shape of bead you would like all in one listing.  My standard shape is round also known as rondelle or donut.  I can offer round beads, crystal shaped beads and lentil shaped beads, again all on one listing.  I will be working on nuggets in the near future.

Bead Hole Size - Small Hole Beads:
Small hole beads - You now have a choice of my standard jewelry beads with a small 2mm hole used for earrings and necklaces as well as other projects. 

Bead Hole Size - Large Hole Beads:
You now have the choice of getting a large hole bead with a 5mm hole that easily slips onto popular European style bracelets and leather cords.  I personally slip every large hole bead onto my personal Pandora for fit.  The Pandora bracelet is 4.3mm thick so requires holes close to 5mm for a good fit.  You can choose a solid color bead with a 5mm hole in the color sections.

Large Hole Beads Other Than Solid Colored Beads:
This large hole bead category is large hole beads that are a little fancier and have more than just one color.  I have just begun listing a few. This category is for anything other than a solid color large hole bead.

All of my 600+ individual listings I have on Artfire will fit on my new Indiemade studio with half the listings and have many more offerings per listing.  Each listing is like at least 4 of my other website listings.  How neat is that!

Soon I will begin to add stylish crystal shaped beads, lentil beads, dot beads, band beads (beads with a band around them) and frit beads to go with my Southwestern beads as I continue to fill my store.

My imagination is beginning to run wild with all the possibilities!

Come check it out and keep in touch to watch my new Indiemade studio grow.

Until then, sit back and enjoy that cup of coffee and browse to your hearts content!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Opaque Brown Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads

I got a little distracted making beads and trying to get some really great photos to share with you.  I see I need to finish my browns I have been working on.

I am going to list them in order of glass color.  These are opaque brown glass beads I made a short while ago.

You can find these on my Brown Bead Page in my Artfire Shop.  You'll need to scroll down towards the bottom of the page to see them all.

First we have light brown beads:

Lampwork Bead Etched Light Brown Handmade Opaque Glass Round SRA 444e
Etched opaque handmade lampwork glass beads 444e

Lampwork Bead Etched Opaque Light Brown Handmade Glass Silver 444efs
Etched light brown handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped in .999 fine silver 444efs

Handmade Lampwork Bead Shiny Light Brown Opaque Glass Round SRA 444g
 Shiny opaque light brown handmade lampwork glass beads 444g

 Handmade Lampwork Beads Shiny Light Brown Opaque Glass Silver 444gfs
 Shiny opaque handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped in fine silver 444gfs

Second on our list are dark brown beads:

 Opaque Glass Beads Handmade Lampwork Dark Brown Round Etched 448e
 Etched opaque dark brown handmade lampwork glass beads 448e

Etched Beads Handmade Lampwork Opaque Glass Silver Dark Brown 448efs
Etched opaque dark brown handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped in .999 fine silver 448efs

Handmade Lampwork Beads Shiny Opaque Dark Brown Glass Round SRA 448g
Shiny opaque dark brown handmade lampwork glass beads 448g

Handmade Lampwork Beads Shiny Opaque Glass Silver Dark Brown 448gfs
Shiny opaque handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped in .999 fine silver 448gfs

Last on my list is a color called red brown or dark red brown depending on who's talking about it:

Lampwork Beads Etched Dark Red Brown Opaque Glass 452e
Etched opaque red brown handmade lampwork beads 452e

Lampwork Beads Reddish Brown Handmade Glass Opaque Matte Silver 452efs

 Etched dark red brown handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped in .999 fine silver e52efs

Handmade Lampwork Bead Shiny Opaque Dark Red Brown Reddish Glossy 452g

Shiny opaque dark red brown handmade lampwork glass beads 452g

Handmade Lampwork Beads Mahogany Dark Red Brown Shiny Silver 452gfs

 Shiny opaque dark red brown handmade lampwork glass beads wrapped in .999 fine silver 452gfs

These beads you have just seen have all been made using Moretti glass.  If you make it to Italy, maybe you can get a peek into how these colors are made.  Each shade of glass has it's own recipe and can change slightly from batch to batch like dye lots of fabric.  I will go into the transparent browns at another time as this is getting pretty long.

Hope you have enjoyed you journey into my opaque brown beads.

Charlotte Hayes

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

My 500th Listing on Artfire Happened While Listing Brown Handmade Lampwork Beads

I am so excited! I just listed my 500th product here on Artfire.  I did it while listing my brown beads just in time for the Fall designs and projects.  These are some gorgeoud deep dark mahogany reddish brown handmade lampwork beads wrapped in .999 fine silver.  I will list another group showing all of the brown beads I have been working on later.  Just wanted to share this exciting news with you.

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Lampwork Beads Reddish Brown Handmade Glass Opaque Matte Silver 452efs

Friday, March 29, 2013

Earthy Etched Brown Lampwork Glass Beads

I've had time to finish etching and editing these gorgeous opaque brown lampwork glass beads.  Wow, they turned out great.  This group reflects the matte bead finish where my last post showed you how the glossy brown beads turned out.

These first two show the matte glass bead 444 with a solid colored lampwork spacer bead and a lampwork pair wrapped in .999 fine silver.  These are a richer medium brown tone in my world of color even though it is labeled light brown.  They have a slight rusty color the camera seems to love to pick up.  They are beautiful shade and go well with the dark red below.  The streaking on these beads do not show but we can see everything in bright magnification as they are in these close up macro images.

The next two bead pairs show opaque dark red brown 452  This is how they look etched lampwork glass bead and the dark red bown wrapped in fine silver.  These more resemble the color of dark semi sweet chocolate chips.



My next day of bead making will include the glass color called dark brown 448.   After I get them done and processed I will show a picture of all of them together so you can see how they look as a group.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What Took Three Days To Get Quality Photos?

These delicious looking browns.  I struggled all weekend taking photos and retaking photos just to get the perfect pictures of these handmade lampwork beads.  After getting a good photo the next challenge was editing them.  There are several different brown and I was going to wait till I had them all, but was so thrilled with the pictures turned out, I just had to post my glossy lampwork beads.

The first one today is opaque light brown 444.  It is a delicious chocolate brown color that makes me think of creamy Hershey's candy bars.  Here is the the solid light brown  and the light brown with fine silver

The other one I had ready is called Dark Red Brown 452.  It is a scrumptious rich darker semi-sweet chocolate color.  Here it is in a solid glass bead and also wrapped in fine silver.

There is one more brown called dark brown 448.  I didn't make these at the same time as I thought I might get the colors mixed up.  Wouldn't want that to happen.  Some colors are very similar in rod form and vary from batch to batch.  So I will make it next time I get a chance to torch again.  I haven't had time to etch these yet, so it will be a big surprise for both of us!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Wonderful World of Amethyst Glass Lampwork Beads

In my last blog, I wrote about opening my new online store and taking you on a journey with me as I make and stock my store.  I shared a picture showing all of the Moretti Effetri glass colors of amethyst.  There are four shades of transparent amethyst glass - pale amethyst, light amethyst, medium amethyst and dark amethyst.  This group is am showing you today is wrapped in .999 fine silver.  I want to show you how these beautiful beads look glossy and etched.

The first shade is pale amethyst purple 046.  This is the palest amethyst color.  They are a very pale, pale shade of purple.  They are so delicate and dainty looking.  I think of romantic beads ready ready to embrace a lacy blouse when I see these.  They are so awesome frosted also.  You can find the glossy lampwork beads wrapped in fine silver here and the dainty frosted sea glass looking beads with fine silver here.

The second group is known as light amethyst purple 040.  This group starts thinking more of color without being overbearing.  They are feminine and look fabulous with so many projects.  Your can find the glossy glass bead wrapped in fine silver here or the frosted beads wrapped in silver here.

The third goup of amethyst glass is known as medium amethyst purple 042.  This shade is has a bursting with purple.  They are rich a dramatic color and says, hey I am here.  The glossy lampwork beads are here while the etched satiny matte beads are here.


Then we come to the fourth color in the group.  It is called dark amethyst purple 044.  These beads are very very dark purple.  These remind me of dark juicy plums.  You can see the etched beads almost look black.  You can find the shiny beads wrapped in fine silver here and the frosted matte beads with fine silver here.


One more interesting fact.  Black is a transparent color of purple that is so dense it looks black. I always found that very interesting because I think of black being just black.  I have a focal bead I made that is a good example showing the transparency of black.  I will show you at a later date.

This whole group of amethyst glass beads look wonderful mixed and matched with glossy or etched to show all the colors of purple. You can buy as many as you like in my Covergirlbeads Online Webstore.  I can be reached at if you need to get in touch with me.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I've finally decided to do it...

Build my new Covergirlbeads Online Store! After having my Zencart store crash a couple of years go, I had decided to only maintain my Artfire store and Esty store for a while. I ran across Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions on Artfire and noticed she also has a Zencart store.  Her online store is Blue Morning Expressions if you want to check them out. She makes some beautiful polymer clay canes and jewelry. After seeing all the polymer clay canes, it makes me want to venture out into yet another project in the distant future.  Upon talking with her about Zencart and online stores, I realized how much I really missed my own store. So I did it....I started a new Covergirlbeads Online Store.

I have decided to share my experience with you.  My name is Charlotte Hayes and I melt glass rods in fire to create handmade lampwork beads.  Glass rods come in about every color you can think of.  I have icy clear, white, ivory, amber, brown, yellow, green, orange, red, purple, black and gray.  Probably more but that's what I can think of right now.  Then think of every shade on those colors that are transparent, translucent and opaque.  Now that's a lot of glass.  And these are just the basics I will start off with. My new online store is not stocked full of items yet, it takes time you know. 

My first goal is to make beads in every color I have.  I will make solid beads I call spacers.  They are the same as any other bead except for being one color.  Then I want to offer them in glossy or etched so you can see the difference.  I decided to use pictures of beads I have made in the past and added some of the items I currently have in my Artfire store.  Just a little something to get me started while I set up the feel of the store. 

Here is a picture of some beads I made showing the group of amethyst purple glass.  The first picture shows a picture of how these awesome beads look shiny or glossy.  The second picture of handmade glass beads have been etched for a satiny frosted sea glass bead finish:

I will share more about these colors soon.  Stay tuned and enjoy the wonderful journey of beads and the drama of color!