Which Direction does the Hole Go?

Ever so often a customer’s question reminds us that while we are familiar with our beads, and what appears to us to be obvious is definitely NOT, especially to new beaders! We learn from all your questions. And a picture is always a good idea. So, here are a couple of tips on using our authentic Murano…

Pantone® Colors of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity – Yes they Exist!

Pantone Colors of the Year - Found in Nature

Since the Colors of the Year were announced by Pantone, we’ve been trying to create some designs which feature our authentic Murano Glass Beads. And I was having a bit of difficulty with the colors. Then at a girl’s softball practice, there they were – and created by nature for all of us to see.…

Fused Murano Pendants – Peek Inside Our Supplier’s Laboratory

One of our favorite Fusion laboratories is pretty much a one-man show. He is young, very precise and very energetic. Fusion is a lot like baking cookies. You cut the dough, you cook the dough and you decorate. Only it takes skill and patience, diamond saws, lost of dust and you best be careful. The…

Abate Zanetti in Murano – Technical School

Murano, Murano School of Glass,Abate Zanetti

Murano has converted the Abate Zanetti School of Glass into a technical institute. Abbot Vincenzo Zanetti founded the school in 1826 as a design school for the glass workers of Murano, fought to improve the living and working conditions on the island and pay standards. It continues to offer glass classes attended by blowers and bead makers from…

Marvin Lipofsky – US Glass Movement Pioneer

Marvin Lipofsky GAS, San Jose CA 2015,Glass Art Society,Tech Museum

Marvin Lipofsky, remains a legend in the US glass movement. His contributions are numerous. He was large burly glass artist known for his irascible temperament, an artist who pushed the theories on glass (and his students) as a medium influenced by his original studies in clay. The picture is part of our “selfie” a new word for…

FTC New Rules for Jewelry – What You Need to Know

Gold,Gold Bar,24kt Gold Foil,Precious Metals

As a designer, artist and jewelry maker, it is unlikely you spend a lot of time contemplating the rules laid our by the FTC, Federal Trade Commission, but as persons, partnerships, corporations at every level of the trade who are engages in manufacturing, distributing and the sale of products, you too are subject to these requirements. For…

Quantity is really how hard you work – NOT a definition of “Art”.

Chevron Beads,Murano Glass Beads,History of Venetian Beads,Murano Glass Beads History

I have been a member of ISGB (International Society of Glass Beads) for about 15 years and GAS (Glass Art Society) equally as long. So I was a little taken back when I received a pamphlet at the GAS conference here in San Jose, CA (where I spent 3 days volunteering) called “How to Buy Glass…

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