Eagle Bay Designs ~ Trollbeads and Pandora Glass Beads
Welcome to Eagle Bay Designs - Glass Beads for Pandora and Trollbeads
Eagle Bay Designs' lampwork beads are made by glass artist Doug Clark. These unique glass beads have been made to fit Pandora and Trollbeads bracelets, as well as other brands of European bead bracelets.
Please take a moment to see some of his artwork below. We also have a gallery of some of his past beads. Doug makes a variety of glass beads, including his famous ladybugs, flowers and geometric designs.
It is our goal to give you an excellent quality product and great customer service. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us!
News at Eagle Bay Designs
Our Webite Is Open!
Our Eagle Bay Designs Webstore for Trollbeads and Pandora Jewelry Styles is now open! Please stop by and take a look. We will be adding new glass bead there frequently.
"African Violets" is a stunning Italian glass charm made by glass artist, Doug Clark. The rich colors of purples and lavenders, spring greens and dark greens are all on a pure white background. This gorgeous charm is very limited and will be sure to add a lot of unique, artist-made beauty to your Pandora or Trollbeads bracelet.
Click on the photo above to see more photos.
This is a question we are frequently asked. Every bead Doug creates is individually made in a flame from a torch. The glass is melted, carefully crafted and made on a mandrel so there will be a center hole. (A mandrel is another name for a long metal bar.)
After he crafts a bead in the flame, he puts them in a kiln (like a very hot oven) which is set at over 900 degrees. Then Doug's beads are put through a special process called annealing. After a time of bathing in the kiln, the beads are allowed to cool slowly and over the course of the next few hours are brought down to room temperature. (Our kiln is digitally controlled.) This whole process is the key to making them very durable. A little known secret is that many of the glass beads that are made in China and other places overseas are not annealed. They may break much more easily. Annealed beads should last a lifetime.
We feel that quality is of the upmost importance and that is why we take the extra time and cost to make sure your beads are made right.
Making Trollbead and Pandora Style Glass Beads - by Eagle Bay Designs
If you've always wondered how a glass bead is created, this should be interesting for you to watch. Doug is shown making a simple glass bead. Later it is annealed and then it is put through the process of adding a silver core.
Doug has become kind of famous for his glass Ladybug beads made for Pandora and Trollbeads bracelets.
One day our boys found
a little ladybug in our home.
Most bugs are not so cute,
but this one was carefully picked
up and placed back outside.
She was the inspiration for our ladybug beads.
If you can't find any in our webstite store right now, keep checking back!
We're all ears! We'd love to know what your favorite colors are for glass beads.
What is your favorite color for glass beads?
Here we though we'd add a few more photos so you can see how these glass beauties are created. This is a photo of my lampwork artist, husband busy at work. Every bead he creates is individually made in a flame from a torch. The glass is melted and made on a mandrel so there will be a center hole.
As a side note, when I first heard about lampwork glass beads, I thought they were made and then a hole was drilled or some how made after the bead was created! It is much easier to do it this way!
Here's a closer view of a murano glass bead being made in the flame. After Doug finishes making the bead, it goes directly to a kiln where it is very slowly brought back down to room temperature. When the process is finished, we have another beautiful lampwork bead ready to be enjoyed!
A Small Gallery
Everyone loves photos. So here is a few of our past favorite beads that we have sold. Enjoy!
Here's a photo of one of Doug's handcrafted flower beads. We've photographed it with silver and gold European beads so you can see how well they look together.
How Durable Are Your Glass Beads?
This is a question we are asked frequently. These beads are very durable. Doug's beads have been put through a special process called annealing. After he crafts them in a flame, he puts them in a kiln (like a very hot oven) which is set at over 900 degrees. After a time of bathing in the kiln, the beads are allowed to cool slowly and over the course of the next few hours are brought down to room temperature. (Our kiln is digitally controlled.)
This whole process is the key to making them very durable. Annealed beads should last a lifetime.
We are not affiliated with Pandora Jewelry or Trollbeads Jewelry.
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