Pantone Colors Fall Winter 2015-16 with Venetian Glass Beads

Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Pantone Colors

Here are some ideas of our authentic Murano Glass Beads and Swarovski Crystals which go with the colors for Fall and Winter. In the words of Pantone: “Fall/Winter 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape The season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect…

Glass Comes to Town – Glass Art Society

The Glass Art Society Conference came to town bringing glass workers (artists) from all over the world. It is a big deal to the students of the Universities, to the patrons of the arts and to the glass workers. San Jose California is in the heart of Silicon Valley where you find people dressed in…

A View of Murano Glass Tool Making

Roberto Donà Murano Tool Maker

Roberto Donà created this tool making video in honor of his late father Carlo Donà, his family has been making tools for the furnaces and bead makers of Murano for 90 years. The tools must be strong, created for specific uses in production furnaces on Murano, and must survive the daily use in the furnaces. Roberto…

Designing Beads with our Bead Makers

Beadmaking Murano Glass Beads with Millefiori

                We enjoy a very privileged friendship with our bead makers in Venice and Murano. Doing business internationally has it risks, there are no “laws” which cover commerce with individuals and small groups. It’s all about relationships and believe me you don’t want to burn one of those…

Matte Your Own Venetian Beads

Make your own Matte Murano Glass Beads

One of our favorite ways to make a piece of Murano Glass Jewelry come alive is to use matte beads which gives you a contrast between our shiny Venetian Beads and the soft glow of the matte beads, a luster which resembles a Mother of Pearl glow. There are couple of ways to achieve this…

Make Your Own French Ear Wires

Make Your Own Earwires, Great Use of leftover wire. Inexpensive and Easy to Use, Watch Video Beadalon

We just added this quick little tool from Beadalon to make your own ear wires. It’s inexpensive and comes in so handy when you’ve run out of ear wires and just need a couple. It is also a good way to use the leftover bits of wire you have in your beading box – you…

Black is Back! Great Fashion News for Most of Us

How many black jackets do you have? Shoes? Pants? Sweaters? If you are like me, your closet has too many of these to count and when you go to the store, you keep looking at more black backets, shoes, purses….. Well there’s good news. The runways of Milan and Paris were filled with new black…

Making a Wire Wrapped Chain with Margot Potter

Making wire wraps are a basic skill set for anyone wanting to make jewelry. The benefits of a wire wrap are (1) it’s secure (2) it doesn’t hang on clothing or hair (3) it looks professional! (4) You’ll be so proud you’ll want to make MORE! So overcome that hesitancy to tackle a new skill.…

Pantone® Fashion Color Report Spring 2015

Time to get started on your projects for spring. Here’s Pantone’s choices. You’ll find these colors featured in clothing, accessories like handbags and shoes in all the department stores. You can make your own jewelry to match, just follow these color trends. You can download and print a PDF of this to have handy by…