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Exploring the deep

Last week we tried some new ideas. Iris made two Ocean Elves and I made some samples in polymer clay for coral reef display bases. Also a preview of this evenings listing in our Etsy shop.

The Light Keepers and Night Dwellers

Last year we introduced the Night Dwellers as a new theme for Elves. As a counterpart we now designed these Light Keepers. The designs of both themes are closely connected like in the jewellry and crowns.

New designs and a preview

Today we were busy making display bases and photo decors for the new series of Glass Bead Fairies. New are the Elves of Light. Sort of a counterpart for the Night Dwellers. Iris made some tiny glass birds to feature in the sets with a display base.

Recently made Glass bead Fairies

These are some of the glass beads Iris made the last weeks. Coming week we will try to list some more Glass Bead Fairies on Etsy. At the moment we are also working to shorten the request list.

Apples

A customer asked us to make an Apple Fairy design. First we made some quick drawings and then Iris made them out of glass.

New ideas we are working on

After relatively calm months we are back at it and have many new design ideas. This post also previews a few of the Glass Bead Fairies we are going to list in our Etsy shop this evening.

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About us

Iris Francissen

Eleven years ago Iris started lampworking. Developing skills rapidly with a keen eye for detail she soon made beads in her own unique style. at first Iris made beads for necklaces and other jewelry but soon after that magical little fairy folk bead figurines. The figurines are very detailed being about 2,5 to 3,5 cm. Some even with flower petals of a single millimeter incorporated into their designs.

Marcel Grotens

Working as an illustrator and graphic designer Marcel soon became involved with Iris’ work, suggesting glass fairies and fantasy creatures. He draws and sculpts bead designs, makes display bases and photographs the bead figurines in a natural environment. Marcel also tends the Etsy shop Glass Bead Fairies and is currently designing a book showcasing the work of Iris.

We started designing Fairies, Elves and other Little Folk in 2009. Iris has been making lampwork art in our home studio since 2007. Many designs are inspired by nature, which we care hughly about. The forests and riverside’s near the village where we live and the garden surrounding our house are the places where our designs begin really. These locations also provide the decor for the photographs.

Iris started making glassbeads to make her on jewelry, funny part being she never wears jewelry herself. Here are some samples of her jewelry using braided cotton and glass only.

Bracelet ‘Pip’, by Iris. 2009.
Bracelet ‘Mera’ by Iris. 2009.
Then came the Fairy designs… to be continued.

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