Mari Johnson Designs, Inc.

DBA Blue Fire Beads


Orders are running 2 - 3 weeks. I'm in the process of creating new bead sets and focals. I fit this in after my production schedule each day.
We've got the November/December 2004 class schedules up on the Blue Fire Beads site. Classes may be added later, so check often.

If you're in the Chicago area, check us out, we're about 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, and we're worth the trip! We've got every color that Swarovski makes, lots of Bali silver, semi-precious stones, Japanese seed beads, tools, books, findings, etc., plus great classes! I teach lampwork in my studio at Blue Fire, where we have 6 torches (soon will have 8) and rent torch time.

Kim Osibin is coming Jan. 22 & 23, 2005 and I am working on other guest artist workshops. See Workshops



So, what is lampwork?

Making glass beads is called lampworking because hundreds of years ago, artisans heated glass using oil lamps. I use a propane/oxygen torch to heat imported glass rods to over 1700F. Then I wind the molten glass onto a "mandrel", which is a stainless steel rod, and using gravity, a variety of tools, color, form and design... create a small treasure that is wearable.

The beads on this website are all originals that have been sold, but I re-create them for you. Order and be assured that your beads are as good or better as the photo depicts.

***PLEASE NOTE! NOW THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO PAY!!!***


1. I take Visa/MC/Discover/Amex. Send the order via email, or call me directly at 815.462.4900.
Monday thru Friday: 10am - 8pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: Noon - 5pm


2. You may use the PayPal cart (COMPLETELY SECURE) by clicking on the button below each photo.

3. I accept checks and money orders. Mail to:
Blue Fire Beads & Jewelry
1314 N. Cedar Rd.
New Lenox, IL 60451


*Return Policy: Beadmaking is an art. I cannot guarantee that what you see on your computer's monitor is going to be exactly what you will get, but in 5 years of beadmaking I've had only two returns. Both were color dissimilarities which I attribute to the individual's monitor. For this reason, I do not accept returns. If you are a person who likes to return things, don't purchase... this is an art, not an exact science.


Click on the images to go to the galleries...

***Please allow 7 - 21 days for delivery of orders. If you have a special project that requires a quicker delivery, I'll try to oblige, just email and let me know.













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