Tag Archives: Bead

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.

The Necklace is Finished

Here is the focal that I have been working on and the finished necklace.  I have named it BOB (Barnacles On Blue).

BOB (Barnacles on Blue) Focal Bead


Necklace with glass lampwork beads and sterling silver.

BOB - The Necklace


It does resemble the Photoshop version, doesn’t it?

Designing a Necklace

I have been working on a new bead and now I want a piece of jewelry for it.  In fact, I need the piece done by Saturday.   I decided to draw a rough version of it in Photoshop.  It is quite substantial – total length is 18 inches, the longest bead is ~1.5 inches, and the medium size beads are about 1/2 inch each.  Well… that seems big to me anyway.

Glass Lampwork Bead Necklace

I need to remake the focal bead all of the supporting beads tonight.  I can make the piece tomorrow and put it in a show on Saturday.  I work best with a deadline.

Stay tuned!

Introducing Flower – a New Glass Lampork Bead

I have had this technique for a new glass lampwork bead bouncing around in my head for quite a while.  About a month ago, I was working on my production beads and the bead went bad.  I don’t like to just dump a bead in the water bath**, so I decided to give my idea a try.  It wasn’t too bad, so I made a couple more.

Here is how they are turning out.  I did put a silver core into this one after I took the photo, but I sent it off for a bead exchange right away – so you get to see the “naked” bead.

Glass Lampwork Flower Bead

I need a name with a little more punch!  Any suggestions?

** when a molten glass bead is put into the water bath, some spectacular things happen.  The bead cracks, violently usually.  Cool cracking sounds happen right away and keep going for minutes thereafter.  I usually feel bad for the bead though, and sometimes my greatest accidental techniques are discovered if I save a “lost” bead.

Rosemarie Hanus makes Flower Beads and many others in her home studio.  See these beads at EtsyArt Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.

My Earrings in the Cleveland Handmade Giveaway!

Bubbling Spring Spawn of Flame Earrings

Bubbling Spring Spawn of Flame Earrings

Cleveland Handmade is hosting a giveaway to thank all our wonderful supporters and customers, as well as give you the opportunity to check out the high-quality handmade art in member shops.  The giveaway this week are earrings made by ME!

Go here to enter!

You have until Wednesday noon (EST).  Hurry!

Update: the deadline has now passed; I don’t know the winner yet, though!

Zebra Bead

I’m really excited about this new zebra bead. I really love the webbing.

Zebra Glass Lampwork Bead

Zebra Glass Lampwork Bead

Second Try on the Yellow Bead – It Worked!

I tried the yellow and beige lampwork bead again.  It matched my vision much better than my first attempt.

Yellow Glass Lampwork Bead

Yellow Glass Lampwork Bead

Rosemarie Hanus makes usable beads too in her home studio.  See these beads at EtsyArt Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.

Finding Your Voice Workshop – Invert Colors

Here is one of my beads from the online Finding Your Voice Workshop.  It is a lampwork glass bead that, well, the concept is great, but the bead is probably one of the ugliest bead that I have ever made.  I have seen others make this claim, and when I see the bead, I think that the bead is just fine.  You be the judge here.

Blue Organic Bead ecstaticPinkDonut.jpgThe assignment was to take a photograph of a bead that we make often and have good familiarity with it.  In a photo editing program, we were to invert the colors and then actually make the resulting bead.  When I did this, I discovered that I have already made a lot of these combinations already.  I did find one to try – a blue bead that inverted into a nice yellow bead.

So here are the two bead photos.  The blue one is the original bead.  The second is inverted – I left the background untouched (because I can).

“Wow!”, I thought to myself – this will be great. Here is the result. I am almost embarrassed to post the picture of the bead, but I don’t think that viewing it will cause you permanent damage. It also might give you a little insight into a lampworker’s not so successful experiments!

The effect that I was trying to achieve was a soft yellow base, with accents of a darker yellow and brown.  My choice of glass colors  not play well together and made mostly mud.  The shape however, is impeccable.  What do you think?  Could this be one of the ugliest beads ever?

My Ugliest Bead Ever (maybe...)

My Ugliest Bead Ever (maybe...)

Rosemarie Hanus makes usable beads too in her home studio.  See these beads at EtsyArt Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.