Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Susan goes Bead Hunting ... In Murano!

Susan of cserpent  went to one of our dream destinations ... Murano! Famous for the glass beads that have been made there for generations, this is a spot most jewelry makers would love to explore! Here's a quick look at the supplier she visited and what she found there ... Sounds like fun!

In February I visited Italy for the first time. Since I'm a jewelry designer I had to visit the island of Murano and see if I could find some gorgeous Venetian Murano glass beads to use in my designs. I was fortunate enough to contact a bead maker (Maurizio) and he let me dig through his boxes and boxes of beads. He had just moved his studio and hadn't started unpacking yet!

The very inconspicuous entrance to Maurizio's studioMe, my mom and mom-in-law
starting to dig through boxes of beads!
From those humble surroundings come beautiful beads and here are some used in designs by my fellow Jewelry on Etsy Team members ...














26 comments :

jemsbyjb said...

Oh you lucky duck. What a wonderful experience. Glad you had the opportunity to visit and thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

nancy's crystal fantasies jewelry said...

Sounds like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Wow, what a great trip. Glad you were able to buy some of those fantastic beads.

JillreOzmay said...

Dream trip! I love Venetian glass. Thanks for sharing your experience.

cserpentDesigns said...

Thanks all! It was a blast - and I found such beautiful designs from my teammates using more Murano beads!

SendingLoveGallery said...

I just love murano glass - great jewelry examples!

TheSilverBear said...

A lovely blog - thankyou for sharing!

BeadznBling said...

Love the depth and personality of this glass!

Tracy said...

What an AMAZING opportunity! I hope to get there some day myself!

Mary said...

Lovely! Murano glass is so beautiful!

Beadsme said...

Wish I could have fitted in your suitcase.

capitalcitycrafts said...

What a wonderful experience, thanks for sharing!

emeraldpixie08 said...

I dream of having an experience like this! Beautiful creations.

LoveStoneArts said...

The trip of a lifetime!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Olga Gillies said...

Oooooooo I'd love a trip like that & with no restrictions to the buying budget!

Thanks for sharing Susan!

Rough Magic Creations said...

Wonderful post and beautiful Venetian Murano glass jewelry! I would so love to visit Maurizio's studio!! Thank you Susan, for sharing, and Bob, for posting!

And many, many thanks to our intrepid and fabulous Norah, for all you've done for the Jets!!

ShinyAdornments said...

Lucky duck!

:-)

Kristy
SAStudio.etsy.com

Tess said...

I love murano glass! Have been to the island too. Have you seen how they make it? It's amazing!

willowcreekjewelry said...

Wow! What a fun trip with some exquisite finds! Gorgeous jewelry =)

MadeByTammy said...

This is so cool! Fantastic jewelry and beads!

Your Daily Jewels said...

What a dream trip! Beautiful, REAL Murano! Thanks for sharing.

ChayaGallery said...

Ooooh - wish I was with you !!
I have such a weakness for glass :-)

Erika Price said...

It's a fabulous place, isn't it Susan?! I was last in Murano a couple of years ago and spent a fortune (the downside of being a beadaholic!) How wonderful that you were able to rummage through Maurizio's boxes, can't wait to see what you produce with your purchases!

cooljewelrydesign said...

OMG Susan, what a dream come true...the closest I came to that was Tuscany...not exactly Murano...but I also purchase only authentic glass. What an awesome trip, and you *fell* into a miracle. Thanks for sharing!

cserpentDesigns said...

cserpentDesigns on facebook has pictures of many of the beads I bought if you want to see some.

Sher said...

There are so many beautiful things, I hardly know where to start! Etsy is absolutely swimming with wonderfully talented creative minds. (That's why I feature so many on my website.)

LOVE THESE!