Barn Owl study

Normaly I use paper and pencils when designing a figurine for Iris. But sometimes it is more handy to make a quick sculpture. This time a Barn Owl.

New designs and a little preview

Some quick design drawings for new glass designs, some new display bases for custom orders and new designs, some recently made custom orders and a little preview of beads we are going to list in our Etsy in a few minutes.

The glass beads this week

Because Iris is cachting up on the requests list. We will, other than last weekend, only list a very small series in our Etsy shop this weekend. All Winter and Autumn themed.

This weeks series..

This week there are some special designs. For Halloween mainly. Hope you will like them.


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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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