Big, Bold Beads: Handmade Glass Necklaces

by Patricia Tyser Carberry.
(Prescott, Arizona USA)

These pieces began as a challenge for for me to begin to make my lampwork beads in brighter colors.

I have been working in glass for many years, and have tended to use more muted colors. I pick out a bunch of colors I never use (orange!), and decided to see what I could come up with.

The I added ruffles, goldstone and murrini, and just spent several weeks playing. I made over 200 nbeads, then collaged them into interesting combinations.

Patricia Tyser Carberry
Patricia Tyser Carberry

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  1. Can’t decide which one I like the best…. love the color combinations and bead shapes you’ve put together. Gorgeous lampwork beads.

  2. These are absolutely one-of-a-kind lamp work beads! Lamp work has become so formulated but love these! Thanks for sharing them with us!


  4. Thank you all so much! I have not had to opportunity to show these pieces “live” yet, so I appreciate the feedback.

  5. These are fabulous – love the colors, shapes and way you’ve combined them.

  6. Tina Jensen says:

    Are those glass cones? – I would be VERY interested in those, as I have metal issues and the sterling silver ones are now so expensive 🙂
    – They are quite lovely!

  7. Yes, they are Swarovski. I really like the way they finish the glass pieces.

  8. What you “came up with ” are beads of intense color with wispy swirls of complementary colors. They are beautiful beads , and you are one very talented lady !!

  9. Thanks, Debbie!

  10. They are all just wonderful, I love the colors and especially the blues, but I would be hard put to decide on just one. Lampworking is a mystery me still yet, but I sure do love what happens when I get my beady little hands on them. Reminds me of a necklace I have that I finally had to retire. It is a collection of all my special beads up to that point, including some lampwork. My neighbor a dear Friend had a little girl and in my eyes, she could do no wrong, and I was warned about her pulling on my jewelry, but she was as fascinated as I am with all the sparkly, shiny little trinkets. But she did give a stronger tug than I expected and whoosh, they all “danced” to the floor and bounced in all directions. She was not quite walking yet, so I didn’t mind at all. It’s easy to string them, I just didn’t want her finding them on the floor and sticking them in her mouth. Anyway, it is a very fond memory for me 🙂

  11. Thanks, Pam!

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