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Touched by Flame

You’ve got to love art teachers. Glass artist Beth Gaertner sure has reason to. It was her high school art teacher who first taught Beth how to make glass beads. Beth was instantly hooked. She began to eat lunch in the art room so that she could spend more time at the torch. Soon, Beth realized she had found her passion in life. Fast forward eleven years. Beth is still working with the torch — now from her own studio. Her workbench is surrounded by containers of beads, color studies, wire squiggles, and half-finished jewelry designs. Beth creates every piece from start to finish by hand, without the use of molds or castings. Each glass element is made one at a time by melting rods of glass with a torch. Beth shapes, hammers, and melts sterling silver wire and tubing to create unique settings for the glass. For Daily Grommet, Beth has fashioned a silver necklace with three removable glass drops, or pendants. They look like a charming collection of miniature dice and shooting stars. We worked with Beth to select three color schemes — black and white (to add flare to business attire), blue (goes with everything), and multi-colored . Watch our video to discover your favorite.

Beth Gaertner

Flamework Glass Jewelry

Touched by Flame

You’ve got to love art teachers. Glass artist Beth Gaertner sure has reason to. It was her high school art teacher who first taught Beth how to make glass beads. Beth was instantly hooked. She began to eat lunch in the art room so that she could spend more time at the torch. Soon, Beth realized she had found her passion in life. Fast forward eleven years. Beth is still working with the torch — now from her own studio. Her workbench is surrounded by containers of beads, color studies, wire squiggles, and half-finished jewelry designs. Beth creates every piece from start to finish by hand, without the use of molds or castings. Each glass element is made one at a time by melting rods of glass with a torch. Beth shapes, hammers, and melts sterling silver wire and tubing to create unique settings for the glass. For Daily Grommet, Beth has fashioned a silver necklace with three removable glass drops, or pendants. They look like a charming collection of miniature dice and shooting stars. We worked with Beth to select three color schemes — black and white (to add flare to business attire), blue (goes with everything), and multi-colored . Watch our video to discover your favorite.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Beth
    Beth

    Hello! I'm quite excited to have my Triple Drop Necklace featured as today's Grommet. This design is one of my favorites to wear because it's so fun and versatile, and it's particularly great in the summertime when you want a more casual look. Creating jewelry in glass and silver has been a passion of mine for 12 years now, and I still can't wait to sit down at my torch each day. If anyone has any questions about the necklace or the bead making process, feel free to ask--I'll be checking comments throughout the day. Thanks so much!

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    7/1/2009 12:23 PM

    Hey Beth,

    That was really interesting to watch. And such a beautiful product at the end!

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    7/1/2009 12:29 PM

    These are beautiful. I love seeing a jewelry Grommet and the artist!!! My grandfather worked with glass for years, tho in a different fashion. Your work is lovely.

  • Beth
    Beth – Special Guest
    7/1/2009 12:34 PM

    Thanks so much, I'm glad you liked it! I have an excellent time working at the torch, it's definitely my favorite part of the process.

  • Kassie
    Kassie
    7/1/2009 12:35 PM

    Fascinating to watch a bit of your creative process, Beth ! I really do need that wonderful, clever toggle necklace, but am worried that you told me you might not be at the Sunday SOWA markets this summer. Am I right ?

  • Liz
    Liz
    7/1/2009 12:52 PM

    Hi Beth, Wow! That video was fascinating watching you handle the glass and walk us through your process. Could you tell me a little bit about the Venetian glass you work with? Thank you!

  • Mark
    Mark
    7/1/2009 4:30 PM

    I admire beautiful glasswork and enjoyed watching the artist forming the pieces. This looks like something my wife would like. She told me about this site. She seems to like alot of the products on this site... good ideas for giftgiving.

  • sallyh
    sallyh
    7/1/2009 4:35 PM

    these are gorgeo-so!! i think i might like them as earrings too. beth, do you do matching earrings? how much do the glass beads weigh? they may be too heavy for earrings? really nice work, loved the video.

  • Beth
    Beth – Special Guest
    7/1/2009 6:44 PM

    Hello again! I'm glad everyone is enjoying watching the video and seeing a bit of the beadmaking process. To answer a few questions:

    The venetian glass I work with is made by the Moretti/Effetre company in Murano, Italy. They're one of the largest companies making glass for flameworking, and their color palette is great. I purchase the rods from suppliers here in the U.S. who import the glass. There are several other companies that make glass rods, including ones in Germany, Japan, and the U.S.

    I definitely do make matching earrings, and they're not very heavy at all. The beads in the earrings are a bit smaller than the ones in the necklace.

  • Beth Niernberg
    Beth Niernberg
    7/5/2009 12:09 AM

    I purchased 3 GLASS beads and love them. I can't wait to get some more. People stop me all the time to ask where they are from. Your colors are beautiful as well.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Beth Gaertner

Flamework Glass Jewelry

Touched by Flame

You’ve got to love art teachers.

Glass artist Beth Gaertner sure has reason to. It was her high school art teacher who first taught Beth how to make glass beads. Beth was instantly hooked. She began to eat lunch in the art room so that she could spend more time at the torch. Soon, Beth realized she had found her passion in life.

Fast forward eleven years. Beth is still working with the torch — now from her own studio. Her workbench is surrounded by containers of beads, color studies, wire squiggles, and
half-finished jewelry designs. Beth creates every piece from start to finish by hand, without the use of molds or castings. Each glass element is made one at a time by melting rods of glass with a torch. Beth shapes, hammers, and melts sterling silver wire and tubing to create unique settings for the glass.

For Daily Grommet, Beth has fashioned a silver necklace with three removable glass drops, or pendants. They look like a charming collection of miniature dice and shooting stars. We worked with Beth to select three color schemes — black and white (to add flare to business attire), blue (goes with everything), and multi-colored . Watch our video to discover your favorite.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Beth
    Beth

    Hello! I'm quite excited to have my Triple Drop Necklace featured as today's Grommet. This design is one of my favorites to wear because it's so fun and versatile, and it's particularly great in the summertime when you want a more casual look. Creating jewelry in glass and silver has been a passion of mine for 12 years now, and I still can't wait to sit down at my torch each day. If anyone has any questions about the necklace or the bead making process, feel free to ask--I'll be checking comments throughout the day. Thanks so much!

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    7/1/2009 12:23 PM

    Hey Beth,

    That was really interesting to watch. And such a beautiful product at the end!

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    7/1/2009 12:29 PM

    These are beautiful. I love seeing a jewelry Grommet and the artist!!! My grandfather worked with glass for years, tho in a different fashion. Your work is lovely.

  • Beth
    Beth – Special Guest
    7/1/2009 12:34 PM

    Thanks so much, I'm glad you liked it! I have an excellent time working at the torch, it's definitely my favorite part of the process.

  • Kassie
    Kassie
    7/1/2009 12:35 PM

    Fascinating to watch a bit of your creative process, Beth ! I really do need that wonderful, clever toggle necklace, but am worried that you told me you might not be at the Sunday SOWA markets this summer. Am I right ?

  • Liz
    Liz
    7/1/2009 12:52 PM

    Hi Beth, Wow! That video was fascinating watching you handle the glass and walk us through your process. Could you tell me a little bit about the Venetian glass you work with? Thank you!

  • Mark
    Mark
    7/1/2009 4:30 PM

    I admire beautiful glasswork and enjoyed watching the artist forming the pieces. This looks like something my wife would like. She told me about this site. She seems to like alot of the products on this site... good ideas for giftgiving.

  • sallyh
    sallyh
    7/1/2009 4:35 PM

    these are gorgeo-so!! i think i might like them as earrings too. beth, do you do matching earrings? how much do the glass beads weigh? they may be too heavy for earrings? really nice work, loved the video.

  • Beth
    Beth – Special Guest
    7/1/2009 6:44 PM

    Hello again! I'm glad everyone is enjoying watching the video and seeing a bit of the beadmaking process. To answer a few questions:

    The venetian glass I work with is made by the Moretti/Effetre company in Murano, Italy. They're one of the largest companies making glass for flameworking, and their color palette is great. I purchase the rods from suppliers here in the U.S. who import the glass. There are several other companies that make glass rods, including ones in Germany, Japan, and the U.S.

    I definitely do make matching earrings, and they're not very heavy at all. The beads in the earrings are a bit smaller than the ones in the necklace.

  • Beth Niernberg
    Beth Niernberg
    7/5/2009 12:09 AM

    I purchased 3 GLASS beads and love them. I can't wait to get some more. People stop me all the time to ask where they are from. Your colors are beautiful as well.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.