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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.

Studio Mascot – Glass Spider

I wasn’t ready to run the kiln yet, but had some time to melt glass.  I got tired of pulling stringers, so I made this little green spider out of glass.  (If this paragraph is gibberish – read below!) The span of the legs is about 2 inches, so it is a pretty big spider.  I decided that I needed a mascot in my studio, so he will now supervise my work.

Studio Mascot - Glass Spider

A kiln is a device used to soak glass at a certain temperature and to cool glass slowly.  I helps to prevent stresses from building in the glass which in turn should make the glass stronger.  I dislike turning it on and then going leaving it while I have to go run errands for hours.

Stringers are threads of glass used to decorate beads or other glass objects.  They are made by heating a glob (gather) of glass and then pulling it into various thickness.  I have about a month’s worth of stringers all ready.

I discovered that the little fellow is pretty durable.  I grabbed one of the legs while it was still hot and my reflex was to drop it.  It bounced on my workbench, but did not break.  Had it broken – I would have been sad.

Rosemarie Hanus usually makes beads, not spiders in her home studio in Bath Township, Ohio, USA. View some of here work as Spawn of Flame (and here).

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?

Building a Necklace

In my last post, I did a quick design of a necklace, doing the layout in Photoshop.  Last night I made the beads.  Although not difficult they did take quite a bit of time because I was extra meticulous with the shaping.  I felt that since they were only one color, the shape was the key.

Glass Lampwork Beads - Still on the Mandrels

Here they are, looking a little prettier – all cleaned.

Glass Lampwork Beads by Spawn of Flame - Rosemarie Hanus

I made them into components for the necklace.  I added little “spaceship” sterling silver spacers.  I used 18 gauge wire; I’m not used to that thickness especially since I have not done any wire work for a while.

Glass Lampwork Components for a Necklace

I didn’t have any jumprings, so I decided to make some.

Wire Wrapped - Ready to Make JumpringsI haven’t made these in a while either.  What a chore until my saw blade broke.  I replaced the blade and finished in minutes.  Note to self – working with a dull tool is not good.

Jumprings and a Jeweler's Saw

That is all I have for today.  I’m off to the torch to make the focal bead.

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.

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.