My name is Christina, a self employed glass supplier and beadmaker. Working in my home studio in Steensel, the Netherlands.
I started as a jewelry designer in 2002 and searched the world for glassbeads and jewelry supplies. When I came a cross making glassbeads in 2006 I was facinated and immediately started brainstorming about the endless possibilities and even more exclusive jewelry cause of the handmade and one of a kind glass beads I could make.
I purchased my first torch, a Concineckt ( which is a hot head torch ) over 10 kg of glass, a bunch of tools and a book.
And I just went from there, insploring the world of glass and glassbead making. I am a self taught lampworker.
Within 6 months I got myself a Minor bench burner. But after another 3 months I wanted something bigger and hotter which ended in a Knight Bullet burner with manifolds for seperate use of my inner and outer flame with my footpedal.
I have followed a few classes:
May 2007 – Andrea Guarino-Slemmens(USA)
February 2009 – Manuela Wutschke(DE)
March 2011 – Margaret Zinser(USA)
June 2011 – James Daschbach (USA)
September 2011 – Pipyr (USA)
October 2011 – Jari Ann Sheese (USA)
November 2011 – John Kobuki (USA)
I have also written a couple of E-books:
Gold Champagne & Sparkle Balls
Rainbow Colors with Silverglass
The making of Flower Murrini Part 1 ( Sakura & Water Flowers )
The making of Flower Murrini Part 2 ( Blossoms & Lily flowers )
Currently I am writing my first “real” book that will be published. This book should be ready by the end of 2011 or early 2012.
I hope you will enjoy my new website. If you have questions & feedback, please let me know.