In all the time that I’ve been here contributing to ABS, I’ve only just now realized that I somehow neglected to share with you one of my all-time favorite bead shops. I mentioned it briefly here, but never did a palette post for it. For shame.
Friends, let me introduce you to the beauty that is Fire Lily Glass Studio. One word: lush.
|Dark Blue & Red Spot Beads
|Mauve Olive Boro Beads
|Green Blue Boro Glass Beads
|Bright Yellow Royal Blue Swirl Beads
|Cherry Red Purple and Orange Boro Beads
When I was selling jewelry, this was one of my absolute favorite boro resources because Erin, the artist behind these lovely glass creations, has such a dab hand at color and her quality is flawless. I can’t tell you how many of her beads have passed through my hands; I honestly don’t know. I do know that it’s somewhere between “a lot” and “more than a jewelry designer can possibly use.”
I also know is that borosilicate lampwork beads are my first art bead love. Once I stumbled onto these little works of art, the stunning colors hooked me in and I never looked back. I’m not a lampwork artist, so I don’t know the specifics, but something about borosilicate glass creates amazing depth, and the colors seem to shine brighter. And Erin’s shop is full of beady goodness!
There’s a lot to love, so this is a tough question, I’m sure, but which one’s your favorite?
P.S. If you happen to see a large lot of orphan boros (Erin offers them up from time to time), grab them. Not only are they a fantastic deal, they are also a great way to step out of your comfort zone with colors you may not be used to using. Just trust me on this.