Category Archives: Bead

Revisiting Old Designs

Once again I was looking at some of my designs that I don’t make anymore. One is a beautiful bead called Purple Majesty.

Just as with a cooking recipe, sometimes changing one ingredient gives a totally different result. This time, the background is more pink than purple – and the funny thing is that the background color was the one that was the same.


Making Some Cabochons

Today, I am going to make some cabochons. Well I’m going to attempt to make some anyway.

At least 2 years ago, my friend Linda gave me some kiln wash to do some fusing. I was fearful. Of what, I am not sure – maybe of breaking my kiln somehow.

So right now, I have some test pieces in the kiln and they are ramping up to slump. I was wondering how I would tell that I got full coverage with the kiln wash. The kiln wash is pink! It was easy.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, well, I hardly do too, but here is the general idea. First I had to prepare that kiln shelf by putting something on it so that the glass won’t stick to it (or worse yet – to the kiln.) I prepared some marble like glass pieces in my normal style, with the silvered ivory accents. Put those into the kiln and get them hot enough so that they spread out flat. Cool. (Temperature and hopefully aesthetically too!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blast from the Past

I used to make these nautilus beads and other big hole beads.  This was before the European Charm beads such as Pandora, Biagi, and Chamilla became so popular.  They are also way too big to put on a bracelet!

Green and Aqua Nautilus bead


I’m getting a hankering to make more of these.  What do you think?  Should I add these back into my bead arsenal?

Secondary Colors

Just some glass lampwork beads!

Short and sweet?  I handmake make these and I like to look at them.  See more at Etsy and ArtFire.

Beads of Courage Auction

This auction is now over and…
we had an ending bid of $107.50 for our BOC auction!


I am a member of a group called the Fire Divas.  We believe strongly in giving back whenever we can; here is a collection of gorgeous handmade lampwork beads that the talented artists of The Fire Divas team have contributed in honor of the Beads Of Courage program. All of the proceeds from this eBay auction HERE will go directly to Beads Of Courage and make it possible for the brave boys and girls battling cancer throughout the United States to enjoy the amazing outreach and cancer support that this wonderful program provides. Not only will you be helping to put a smile on their faces, but you will receive 19 handmade Collector beads that you will cherish for a lifetime!!!

The beads shown were donated by 13 different Fire Diva artisans, who also created a similar set that will be sent directly to Beads of Courage for the children to choose from and enjoy. This is your unique opportunity to pitch in and lend a helping hand to this amazing organization too!

Clockwise from top—Tribal heads: Barb (riversedgeglass); Yellow round: Sonja (SilverRiverGlassWorks); Magic Mice: Lori (ashlyndesign); Multicolor round: Judith (icarusbeads); Blue organic: Rosemarie (spawnofflame);  Shuttle: Lara (Lutrick); Blue nugget: Patrice (Shepherdcreations); Yellow car: Karen (giapet); Blue/brown organic: Susan (susanlambert); Critters: Sharon (rightturnartwerks); Blue cubes: Kathleen (uglyducklingbeads); Cupcake: Holly (HollysFollyGlass); Green inchworms: Abigail (abbielyn)

The beads you will be getting include:

     * Lovely free-form organics
     * A pair of Disney inspired “Magical Mouse” ears
     * A sporty roadster car 
     * A Space Shuttle with a monkey (a similar bead from the same artist went up on the last Shuttle!)
     * Fun and festive graphic designs
     * A sweet chocolate cupcake (calorie free, of course)
     * Happy “critter” face beads 
     * And the cutest pair of tiny green inchworms!

In addition to this special auction event, we would like to offer another opportunity to our customers and fans: for everyone who places a bid (whether you win or not), or donates directly during the auction week to Beads of Courage via their website, please leave a comment on the Fire Divas Blog after this post and let us know. You will be entered to win some great prizes from more of the Fire Diva members, chosen by a random drawing. How cool is that?!

Please help us spread the word about our first Annual Beads of Courage Auction and don’t forget that the bidding will end on Wednesday, June 1st at 6 pm PST. Thank you so much for your support! *Ü*

Weekly Photo Challenge: Round

I don’t always make round beads, but when I do…. they look like this!

Round Glass Lampwork Beads

Round Glass Lampwork Beads - Made by ME!

The weekly photo challenge topic is Round. These are pretty round!  Speaking of round, I went around and around trying to choose what to post.  Does anybody else see the theme EVERYWHERE during the week?

Rosemarie Hanus melts glass and sells the output (beads) when not meandering around photographing round things.

One World One Heart 2011 Winner!

The winner of my door prize for One World One Heart is …

Megan of Megan Chaimberain.  Be sure to go look at her wonderful hand stitched bears!

I cannot thank everybody that visited my blog and left a comment enough.  I love all that was said!  I did not get to visit many blogs, but I plan to visit every one soon.

One World One Heart 2011

My name is Rosemarie Hanus and in my home studio I produce handmade artisan glass lampwork beads. I do this by melting colorful rods of glass over a flaming torch and winding the glass onto metal rods. I like fire! I also spend a lot of time hiking in local parks here in Northeast Ohio (USA) with my family and two dogs and love to share my adventures. I satisfy my music muse by playing French Horn in a local brass choir.

I am participating in the fifth and final blog hop known as One World One Heart; this is a gigantic open house which allows bloggers from all over the world to mingle, meet, and make new connections.  The blog hop is hosted by Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian and the rules are here.  This it the first time that I am participating – better late than never?  I’m really looking forward to getting to know more bloggers.

One World One Heart

Door Prize!

Someone visiting here will receive this gorgeous pendant made with one of my glass lampwork beads.  This pendant is ready to be placed on a chain or ribbon for your wearing pleasure. (Lol at “wearing pleasure”).  The chain in the photo is just for pretty – I’m keeping that.

The winner has been announced here.

What do you have to do?  Simply leave a comment on this post and please, please make sure that you leave an email address or some other way that is obvious to me on how to contact you. A link to your blog would be cool, but is not required.   The winner will be announced Feb. 17th; I will email the winner as well as post it. Note! The spam detector on the blog is starting to mark the comments as spam – I am fixing them as I notice. Sorry about that…

Handmade Glass Lampwork Pendant from Spawn of Flame - Rosemarie Hanus

A quick tour of my blog

I like to talk about my finished beads, beadmaking and my bead business (tips for others).  I also love to share a little bit about my little part of the world – Northeast Ohio, USA.

I try to share with the lampworking community; my most popular series of posts explain how to make a certain element (called Silvered Ivory Stringer) that is used to embellish lampworked glass.  A couple of these posts even show FIRE!  As I mentioned – I am definitely Pro Fire.

I Play with FIRE!

My family and I hike frequently and many of my musings are about what we see.   We frequent a local park called Hinckley Reservation.  WARNING – there are pictures of wildlife, including spiders and snakes; if you don’t have a problem with that, take a look at some of these posts (there are several pages!).

Hinckley Reservoir - January 1, 2011

Autumn View at Hinckley Reservoir - October 2008

Please have a nice time looking around and remember to leave a comment!

Bead of the Day!

Woo hoo! I’m bead of the day on the Fire Divas blog.   Well… more accurately, some of my beads are bead of the day — and notice that these beads have the same color scheme as the Sunset Necklace in my last post.

Soft Fire Glass Lampwork Beads

Check out all of the other lovely lampwork of the other Fire Diva artists while you are visiting there!

Since One is Not Enough

I was in the jewelry making mood apparently.  Since the first necklace turned out much to my satisfaction, I decided to make a second – this one is simply named Sunset.  I imagine that I needed to prove to myself that it wasn’t just a happy accident.  The glass lampwork focal bead is more of the usual kind of bead that I make, so at least that part went fast!

Handmade Necklace with Glass Lampwork Beads

Sunset Necklace

I took the two necklaces to be exhibited at an art show.  It is just the pieces that are displayed, with no accompanying description – unfortunately it seems.  As I was checking them in, I was asked where I found all of the matching beads.  Of course I made them, but how is someone looking at the piece to know this?  I kind of want them to know!

I’m Rosemarie Hanus and I usually just make glass lampwork beads (not the jewelry) in my Bath Township, Ohio studio.   Check out my stores to see what I usually do – links in sidebar.