Jewelry Supplies for Glass Artists
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You love glass, we get it! Molten glass is truly magical. We have all the jewelry supplies for glass artists that you will need to sell your creations to a wider audience as finished jewelry. Whether you prefer lampwork, fusing or blowing glass beads and pendants, we have the essential jewelry making components required to showcase your focal pieces.
Learn easy jewelry making techniques from our tutorial articles and videos linked to this resource page. We cover the basic tools you will want and the metal findings, or parts, to assemble your creations.
Take your glass work to the next level by selling your creations as finished jewelry.
Take your glass work to the next level by selling your creations as finished jewelry. Ready-to-wear pieces appeal to a larger range of prospective buyers so you can take your glass to craft shows and events for the general public instead of just bead shows and glass expos. Or, build up an online business and sell your studio art glass jewelry year-round from home. Widen your audience with easy-to-make jewelry ideas.
Quick & Easy Bracelets with Art Glass Beads
A great place to start is with sterling silver cuff bracelets designed for interchangeable lampwork glass beads. These bracelets have threaded screw ball ends so you can easily add or exchange beads on the bracelet. Use stopper beads with rubber linings to secure your art glass beads at the top of the cuff. Make sure the hole size on your beads will fit the bracelet thickness. You may want to add sterling silver grommet liners to both sides of your beads to line the holes to give your glass a luxury feel. Shop for Interchangeable sterling cuff bracelet and stopper beads.
Glued Art Glass Pendants on a Necklace
Another easy way to create jewelry is using sterling silver glue bails. Choose a quality adhesive and secure your art glass cabochons or fused glass pendants to these suspension findings. Then hang your pendant from one of our hundreds of jewelry chain necklace options; or, choose a rubber or leather cord necklace alternative. Be sure to choose a necklace option that can support the weight of your pendant. Heavy glass pendants will require a cord necklace or a heavy sterling silver chain. Lightweight, dainty chains cannot support much weight.
Easy Lampwork Glass Bead Earrings
Learn how to make a wire wrapped loop using silver headpins so you can dangle your lampwork glass beads from delicate silver earring findings for a sophisticated look. It only takes a few minutes to learn how to make a wire wrapped loop. Once you practice a few times, you will be ready to make many different earring styles with your art glass. Learn about earring findings options in our Guide to Earring Findings and get creative!
Lampwork Glass Beading Basics
Once you have tackled the wire wrapped loop for making charm drops, you are ready to tackle more beading projects. Learn how to use beading wire and crimp beads to string your art glass beads and make bracelets or necklaces. Intersperse your custom glass work with complementary silver beads and spacers. Explore different patterns and designs. Then, choose a sturdy toggle or lobster claw clasp that will securely attach and support the weight of glass beadwork.
This crimping infographic shows the essential findings you need to get started. However, note that we do not recommend spring ring clasps for most art glass jewelry. Choose a larger, stronger clasp instead.
Pricing Your Art Glass Jewelry Work
Now that you are making jewelry, you are ready to sell your art glass jewelry to women everywhere. Pricing can be overwhelming at first. Make sure you are considering all the time and materials that go into your work and comparing pricing to similar glass jewelry pieces on the market.
Glass Artistian Resource Articles
Learn a few easy ways to turn your stash of lampwork art glass beads into beautiful, marketable jewelry. Sterling ear wires, basic tools and a few other jewelry supplies are all you need to get started.
Read "Turning Your Art Glass Beads into Jewelry" »
We take the guess work out of making jewelry with your lampwork or art glass cabochons in this tutorial.
Read "How to Make Standout Glass Cabochon Pendant Necklaces" »
Learn how to make bestselling interchangeable bead necklaces with your dichroic or lampwork art glass beads. Customers love this simple concept.
Read "Simple Chain Necklace for Interchangeable Art Glass Beads" »
Katie Hacker talks about the ISGB Gathering and shows ideas for turning your lampwork beads into jewelry. Learn how to use grommets, bead caps, bails, and other jewelry findings to showcase your beads.
Read "How-to Add Jewelry Components to Art Glass Beads" »
Katie Hacker is talking with Hilary about different ways to finish your beaded jewelry. They'll walk you through options on typical beading wire as well as cord.
Read "How to Finish Ends of Beaded Jewelry" »
Hilary and Katie talk about the differences between the types of Beadalon stringing wire. Specifically, Katie will help you decipher the construction used and the diameter so you can pick the best wire for your project.
Read "Choosing the Right Beadalon Stringing Wire" »