New Japanese Elves designs

The Japanese elves we have made have been very populair from the start. So Iris came up with some new designs for them wearing colourful kimono’s.

New Puffin sets and a Puffin focal bead

Today we finished some Puffin themed lampwork art. Two display sets, one with to glass puffins and one with a removable glass bead Elf. Iris made a puffin focal also.

The prop department

In 2019 we started on a book to showcase the lampwork art Iris makes. That book is delayed sadly, but we are still working on it. We wanted to make some special glass work an decors for the book. And that got me using background decor more often for our weekly series of glass beads…

Preparing Three new special sets

Today we are busy finishing three exclusive sets. Only one will be made of each. We’ve made a Rainforest Elf set with Toucan, Palm Weevil, Hercules beetle and flowers. Then a Meadow Elf set with Hoopoe and flowers. And also a set with a Witch, Crow and Pumpkins.

Two exclusive Glass bead sets

This week we finished two special glass bead sets. The first “Encounter with Hedgehogs”. The second “A Resting Place for the Night” is the largest glass bead set we made untill now and is an exclusive set.


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About us

Iris Francissen

Fourteen 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 fantasy 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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