Glass Onion Bead Company was founded in 1990 by husband and wife team David Johnson and Debbie Austin-Johnson. While starting out as a stained glass studio, we have evolved into a bead store with the largest selection in Northeast Wisconsin. We offer a wide variety of classes with award winning bead instructors.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


The projects are in!
And boy, are  people creative!  We were blown away with the great uses for the recycled silk saris.  Now is your chance to vote for your favorite one.  You can vote by coming in the shop and see them in person.  Or you can vote by email or on face book.  Either way, you HAVE to vote!
First place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and Second place will get a $25 certificate.
We will be having an Anniversary Sale and Open House celebrating our shop's 23 year in business on Saturday, September 14th.  That will be the last day to vote!
Stop by.....   you won't be disappointed.

This horse was made by Joan Rudolph. 
To say this is unique is an understatement!
 She did a fabulous job!

 This quirky wall hanging was made by Meredith Ulman.  She made the paper mache heart and tin wings herself! 
The base is made from an old stick.
I LOVE it!

This project was made by Richard C. Willes, III or "Chuck"!   He does some awesome origami and this piece is no exception!  Notice the tiny paper elephants...

 This unusual hanging piece was made by Mel Gramont.  She is always coming up with something funky. This was made from the top of an old drum.
so cool..

 Felted Fabulous!   Kim Wallander felted this wool purse and embellished it with the silk saris and beads.  You must see the detail of this piece in person.
 Jump in your car and get down here.

This is a beautiful piece made by Lori Miller .  She braided the base and made tiny detailed seed beaded flowers in the fringe.  Absolutely beautiful.

 This bracelet was made by Teresa Ford. She wove the silk with ceramic beads to create this fun, chunky piece.

  The photo doesn't do it justice.  It was made by Michelle Redding and the detail is exquisite.  Another one you just have to see in person.

This is a beautiful example of kumihimo.  It was made by Kamilla Mueller. 
I love the color choice she used.

This silk cuff was made by Pat Knackers.  She did a great job using the multicolored silks.  The vintage glass button is a nice touch on top.

This is another wonderful cuff but this one was done on a loom.  It is the creation of Kim Dworak.  Kim also picked a multicolored skein of silk.  Again, the photos just don't do these projects justice.....

This entry was created by Tori Gold.  She painted the canvas and added her silk as accents on the
edges and in the heart.
  Very unique..

This is entry was made by Virginia Haren.  She did something totally different.  She used the silk as an embellishment for a garment and accented with little resin flowers.

All of these projects were so creative!  I wish you would come in and see them.  If you want to vote by email, drop me a line and vote for your favorite two.

I hope we see you at the open house.  More details will be coming out later about this fun event!
We look forward to the next challenge!

words for the day.....
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

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