Lampwork Purse Fobs and Zipper Pulls

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Lampwork Zipper Pulls by Mary Williams Designs

Lampwork Zipper Pulls

I used to make these little fobs a lot but over time thoughts of them were pushed to one side as other projects and designs took the forefront.

In searching for a quick, affordable addition to my lampwork offerings for an upcoming project I settled, once again, into creating these simple dangles. It is actually quite relaxing and, as simple as the designs are, quite fulfilling. I love adding a little color and sparkle to things that aren’t usually adorned by jewelry. Purses, day planners (remember those???), keychains, belt loops, the list goes on. They can also be removed from the clip and added to a chain for a pendant necklace.

The example shown is in one of my favorite shapes. I’ve been making disk beads for years, long before lampworkers had press molds, and still prefer the entirely handcrafted shape for most of them versus the molded ones. I used one of my favorite boro colors for this one (red, of course, being my absolute favorite!), as well as a new(ish) one that sparkles for the alternating stripes. I hope you like it!

Oh, and I’ll announce the new project these are intended for soon!

One of my favorite lampwork bead styles to make

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Red Origami boro lampwork beads by Mary Williams DesignsRight before coming up with this design I was in a big lampwork funk. Its discovery not only rejuvenated my artistic mood it also was the jumping off point for looking at the way I worked in a whole new way. A new way to make lampwork beads! No wonder it is one of my favorites (and it doesn’t hurt that it has red in it!).

Bring in the clowns!

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Teal Tiger Lampwork Bead Pair by Mary Williams Designs

Teal Tiger Lampwork Bead Pair by Mary Williams Designs

I never intended to keep the original image for this shot. I had been playing with different lighting angles for my borosilicate lampwork beads and since I hadn’t planned to keep them, I didn’t bother clearing my cluttered photo stand. When reviewing the shots I found this one with the sad clown standing by almost off-camera. Something about it struck a cord and I decided to keep it and share it here. You never know where interesting photo props might turn up!

I bought this wonderful polymer clay clown in a Carmel gallery back in the 80′s. I loved the artist’s work but could only justify the expense of one of them to myself. Now, as a treasured part of my collection I wish I had bought more. I hope that the artist continued working in polymer and (hopefully) I can find more of her work to purchase one day. I recall at the time that she specialized in clowns.

Product Photography…

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I was doing so well making headway with the store’s product photography and then I got ….distracted.

It is no secret to those who check out the Boutique’s new items that I like using photo props, and I am using them more and more. If I had more time I would probably lose myself in practicing photography more often. Hunting for them is also a great excuse for reviving my love of visiting garage and estate sales. I love old things. Rusty, dented, sometimes even dirty old pieces of household history (and don’t get me started on interesting rocks!). They all just have so much character. They also keep me from becoming weary of photographing item after item on a stark white background.

Antique Lock with White Flower

Don’t get me wrong, I think some things need a simple white background in order to capture and convey certain qualities, but even with a white background I find myself leaning more and more to the shadowy dark side.

Amber Treads Lampwork

Amber Treads Lampwork

Oh, yes. That delicate white flower up there? Believe it or not, it is a trailing weed that will run rampant, choking the life out of more delicate plants in my yard if I don’t keep it in check. I decided it was about time it did something positive for me, and when I took the time to look at it more closely I realized how truly beautiful it was.

 

A scarce glass color

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This is what happens when you take too long a snooze. The limited edition glass you planned to stock up on is no longer available. In this case it is a TAG Crimson glass that has lovely mix of peaches, oranges, and teals. I had one sample rod until one very generous lampworker shared part of her precious stash. Thank you Susan!