Eliza Zelachowski

I have been making jewelry out of beads since the 80's, but making lampwork beads for the past two years. I am self-taught and it is all I can think about, which drives my family crazy. There are many nights where we can't sit at the table and eat for all the bead boxes and materials all over the table.

Ivory Pod Earrings Project

Ivory Pod Earrings

My lampwork beads in this earring pair measures 15x10mm. They are made with a base of black and dotted with ivory and grey suckers. Each sucker is made by placing dots of molten glass around the bead and then poking each one in the middle with a sharp tool while hot. After they were annealed […]

Copper Green Banded Bracelet Project

Copper Green Banded Bracelet

This bracelet features my own handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver, and fluted Czech glass beads. I made the beads by creating a round ivory colored base, added a copper green stripe, then a black stripe. The beads were annealed in a kiln and then cleaned. Finally I soaked the beads in an acid etching solution […]

Ivory & Kronos Silver Core Bead Project

Ivory & Kronos Silver Core Bead

First, I made the bead from Italian and American glass on a large mandrel, making the bead hole 3/8″ in size. After it is run annealed, I cut a length of sterling silver tubing just a bit longer than the width of the bead. I hammer at both ends of the tubing until they flare. […]

Elegant Zebra Bracelet Project

Elegant Zebra Bracelet

The focal lampwork bead in this bracelet was made by me in my home studio in Pompano Beach, FL. of Italian soft glass and was designed to look like a zebra skin. The bracelet is accented by Swarovski crystal, czech glass, and sterling silver.

Bluesy Lampwork Pendant Project

Bluesy Lampwork Pendant

These lampwork beads were the first in my series of two-two beads featuring an opaque half and a transparent half of the same color. I have made these glass beads from moretti/effetre glass with a trail of fine silver melted through the middle. Swarovski crystals and sterling silver accents finish off the pendant.

Ocean Waves Bracelet Project

Ocean Waves Bracelet

I am often inspired by my surroundings and living in South Florida definitely had an effect on this one. The handmade lampwork focal was made by me in my home studio in Pompano Beach, FL of Italian soft glass. The bracelet is accented by shell chips and sterling silver.