Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunset - Glass Lampwork Bead

Had a wonderful day yesterday. Went to a Memorial Day BBQ with a friend. There was a live band, everything in the world to eat and sunshine the whole day. Who could ask for more.

More Sunshine today...I think summer is arriving!

Latest bead from the beadcast. "Sunset".

Hope you like it.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Venice Art Walk - Handmade Lampwork Jewelry by Suzanne Hansen

I've been invited to show my work at the Venice Beach Art Walk tonight. The Alkaline Water and Art Gallery will be doing a demonstration on Alkaline Water and I will be answering questions as well as showing my Glass Art for sale to guests walking through art gallery's and businesses located on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, CA.

It is a wonderful opportunity so naturally I spent the entire day yesterday turning my art glass into Handmade Jewelry. I've never considered myself a jewelry designer and have basically based my niche for selling my beads to "jewelry designers" on the lookout for cool and unique pieces of art glass to focus their designs around.

When I got into hammering and pounding the silver used as eye pins and melting tiny pieces of glass to the bottoms of each eye pin to accentuate each beads unique qualities, I realized how much I was enjoying the art of creating my own designs within each pendant. It seemed that each bead was crying out to be wrapped and or strung with a certain color ribbon or certain glass to stop the bead from falling off the eye pins. I think I might have it in me to be creating jewelry out of my very own Lampwork pieces of glass art. How can this be. I've been very clear about NOT being a jewelry designer and now - I find it an art in itself. Life is full of wonderful twists and turns.

I'll let you know tomorrow how much fun I have tonight showing, selling and telling the wonderful story of what Alkaline Water can do for your health.

Til then, I love you all - Suzanne
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Matters of the Heart

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Family of Hearts - Glass Lampwork Focal Beads

A "Family of Hearts" was born yesterday. My friend Judith, also has a son named Adam, is an artist living in the Palm Springs Desert. He has done an amazing work of art for the Heart Museum called "Heartland". Please take some time to go to the website OneDreamDesign.com to read the story of how the museum came into being, how it is built and how the museum is interactive with its visitors. It reminds me a lot of our "Beads of Courage" project for kids with life threatening diseases.

Her Adam is having a show in Beverly Hills today so I will be attending and I'm certain I will be greatly inspired. I'm looking forward to meeting Judith's Adam and shaking his hand for a wonderful piece of art the museum "Heartland" has become because of him and his amazing team.

All I could think of yesterday was HEARTS. So naturally - out of me came HEARTS which I love to do, by the way, really my favorite thing to do. I should then keep doing them my "heart" says...they make me smile.

I will display these one at a time, in my Etsy shop so you will be seeing them on a regular basis now...haha.

Love you and have a great day. - Suzanne


My "Heart" goes out to you.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Heart and Soul - Glass Lampwork Focal Bead

I had some left over fat ends from the new murrine made the other day and I just loved the stripes left over. I thought - I've got to put that on a bead and see what it does! Wow I love the effect especially with the heart.

The bead is encased in clear for depth and the heart is on the outer clear layer. It looks as though it is floating on the surface of the bead.

I know that 'Heart and Soul' is such a cliche. But that is what I put into this bead to make it especially for you. It is one of a kind.

Measurements approx: 47 x 25 x 8 mmMandrel size: 3/32
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Heart and Soul - Glass Lampwork Focal Bead

I had some left over fat ends from the new murrine made the other day and I just loved the stripes left over. I thought - I've got to put that on a bead and see what it does! Wow I love the effect especially with the heart. I love hearts.

The bead is encased in clear for depth and the heart is on the outer clear layer. It looks as though it is floating on the surface of the bead.

I know that 'Heart and Soul' is such a cliche. But that is what I put into this bead to make it especially for you. It is one of a kind.

Measurements approx: 47 x 25 x 8 mm

Mandrel size: 3/32

Take a look at my Etsy site for more views of this bead by clicking on the pictures to the right and bottom. It will take you right to my site to take a peek.

Thank you for visiting....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Psychi - Handmade Glass Lampwork Bead

I was so surprised when Psychi came out of the kiln this morning. Using 'Double Helix' glass the blue areas is the encased in clear areas only. It gives the effect of having used shards. I love it!

This bead has great depth due to the extra encasing and the colors and hues are breathtaking. Visit my Etsy sight for more views if you like.

Yummy, just yummy. As you probably figured out by now, I love all my beads...haha

I handmade the murrine's yesterday as well. They are the little flowers with the stripes in them. They are so fun to make and I, also, never know exactly how they will turn out until I place them on a bead. I used double helix glass so each murrine will be different colors on each bead. Loads of fun for me. ;o)

Measurements: 56 x 26 (at the widest part) x 12 mm
Mandrel: 3/32

Enjoy and thanks for looking...Hugs Suzanne
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Lunar - Glass Lampwork Beads

These beads take on a Lunar perspective. Yellow Opal rolled in a specialty Double Helix frit had a very interesting effect when heated and then again when annealed. They are very mooney and wearing them gives a feeling of other worldness. There is something very special about them and the fact that they are glass is even more awe inspiring - special.

There are purples, cobalt blues, yellow and blue green hews even though I used black to cap each end, what appeared after annealing are pale blue greens, greenish yellows and a dark navy blue on the one end in the picture.

That jewelry designer that leans to the other worldly effects in his/her jewelry will be inspired by these pieces.

Measurements: 68 x a little over 10 mm
Mandrel: 3/32

These will be up on my Etsy sight with 5 other views of the beads just for you. Take a peek and see what the other world has to offer.


Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!!!
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Sunday, May 8, 2011


Here she is. My adorable mother Lois. She lives in Seattle and is 87 years old. She is loved by all, super independant, loving, kind, full of wisdom and grace.

I wish her many many years of Mother's Days full of laughter and joy.

I love you Mom. You are the only Mom I'll ever have and I am grateful you are mine.

Kisses and Hugs - You daughter
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Friday, May 6, 2011

"Pinky Dinky" - Lampwork Focal Bead

I must have been thinking about my new Pink Bike when I made this focal bead. Naturally, my bike needs a focal bead named in its honor. "Pinky Dinky" has its eye on me when I am riding to and fro the neighborhood to keep me safe from harm.

 This side of "Pinky Dinky" lets me know I'm loved, safe and warm and that I don't have to worry about anything when I'm having fun on my bike. 

I know that you will find the same peace, love and freedom from worry as this bead is incorporated into your unique jewelry...especially if you love PINK (smile).

"Pinky Dinky" will be on Etsy later this morning so keep your eyes peeled (ouch).

Hugs and have a great day!



47 mm tall
22 mm at widest part
12 mm thick

Mandrel size:  3/32

Thursday, May 5, 2011

"My New Pink Bike" by popular demand

Prim and Proper

Ready to Race

Yahoo - Ride 'em Cowgirl

Completely saturated in bicycle fun - how about that huge basket - big enough for a bag of groceries and "ma doggie Tai Chi".  Look out beach...here we come!

Other World Lilies - Lampwork Focal Bead

I could feel myself drifting off on this bead and suddenly felt as if I were in another world designing lilies that were not like the lilies I've ever seen - but hope to see again.

Then I turned the bead to the side and low and behold it became a fish - what is happening before my eyes?

Decide for yourself. What do you see?

Gabe said - why don't you make a koala bear like that? Koala Bear! Then I turned it on end and knew just what he saw..haha The magic of handmade lampwork beads.

Check out My Etsy site for more views mentioned above.  Maybe you'll see what we saw...maybe you'll see something else.

At any rate - Enjoy the day!



46 mm tall, body at widest part of body 23 mm, 13 mm thick

Mandrel hole from end to end 2 mm
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Moses - Glass Lampwork Bead

As I pondered this bead it came to me that the speckles are the people who followed Moses out into the desert.

The magnified handmade murrini near the bottom of the bead is Moses and the parting of the Red Sea is the wave of a new life that drove them from the life they knew toward their faith in God and new home. Hence - the beads name is "Moses". 
How Spiritual I am this morning.  Enjoy the Day...

The ends are Ink Blue and design is Multi-colored glass frit over Yellow Opal.
Below is the standing and back view of "Moses".


"Moses" was made on a 3/32 mandrel.  So the hold is approx 4 mm.

Height: 56 mm
Widest point across: 17 mm
Thickness: 4 mm

Enjoy soon on Etsy. Just click on the Etsy Shop Pics on the right

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Goodness - What's that growing in my fridge???

Ha Ha - I opened the fridge after a trip Gabe and I made to the Farmer's Market here in Mar Vista on Sunday and was overtaken by a jungle of basil, spring onions, cilantro, a container of greens for the green shake in the mornings, parsley, some fancy lettuce, asparagus, farm fresh free range brown eggs - it goes on and on.

Tell me now, what do you think?  Are we getting healthy or what.  I'm drinking almost a gallon of Kangen Alkaline water a day and my energy levels are soaring.  I love it!!

Also a couple of pics of what's been cookin for dinner in the Hansen household lately.  Looks like only one pic..

Wow ! the fridge

Fresh homemade Pesto and Linguini

Monday, May 2, 2011

Speckled Yellow Opal - Glass Lampwork Bead

New Color I'm working with is called Yellow Opal. It is a reactionary glass and every bead made is unique because of the reaction it has to other colors in the flame.

I'm calling this one Suzy Q. The black on each end of the bead will pull out copper, silver or black when placed next to that color in a pendant, bracelet or whatever piece you see it mixed with. It is smaller than most beads I make.

Today I'm going to make bigger ones!!! I love this color. It is neutral enough but fancy enough to be a very nice focal bead enhancing even the simplest piece. 

It was made on a 3/32 inch mandrel and is approximately 8 mm thick, 31 mm tall and 6mm at the widest point.

This is the opposite side of the bead
 Another way of putting it...;o)

How it looks with a color next to it - This color would be Yellow !

And, by the way, this lemon came from our backyard Lemon Tree

Looks just like a bird - a lemon tree bird...

Enjoy this wonderful day.  I'll be back tomorrow with more.


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