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Non-Beady Things You Can Make with Glass

During the last 18 years, I’ve had the privilege of talking and interviewing hundreds of beadmakers. Most of us started out as jewelry designers and couldn’t find a bead we needed. We noticed glass beads and realized we could make our own! Many times, we left jewelry design and concentrated on beadmaking.

But sometimes we either got tired of making beads or we needed new inspiration, so we skipped the mandrel and picked up different techniques along the way. Many beadmakers have shared their tips and techniques as tutorials, but there is more way to “skin a cat,” so to speak! Here is my list of other items you can create with glass.

Please note: I haven’t done all these, but included links to tutorials or inspiration for you, if you’re interested. Please let me know if the links don’t work.


Enamels on Metal

Eclectic Torch Paintings– A beautiful digital tutorial by Bea Stoertz.

Lampwork Enameling Tips and Tricks– Facebook group helping beginners navigate enameling




Marble Techniques

Marble Techniques for Flameworkers-tutorial by Cosmo Glassworks






Button Maker Mandrel System-tutorial offered on how to make your own button mandrels.

Button Tutorial-free online video on how to create a glass button.

Starter Kit-Mandrels and shanks included in this set.



Drawer Knobs 

Drawer Knob Press-Shapes and tutorials of all Zoozii’s presses.

Presses-Wonderful shapes for all your knob needs.




Fairy Garden Items-I’ve had a fairy garden for the last few years and accessories for it are pretty pricey, so I looked around my bead stash and discovered lots of things I could use for it! I’ll write an article about that in the near future.



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Leah has been working with all types of glass since 2000. She loves sharing her knowledge and helping people experience the thrill of glass beadmaking. She also runs and competes in triathlons when she's not at the torch.

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