About Wrist Flair Glass Jewelry
Wrist Flair is Meagan Steinberg's creations, featuring glass beads made by hand, used to design one of a kind jewelry and accessories.
The process I use to make the glass beads is an art called lampworking. I use a torch and glass rods to make each bead. The glass rods come in every color imaginable (pictured below).
I melt the glass in the flame, and it drips onto a steel mandrel (or steel stick). I turn the mandrel in the flame so the glass does not drip. I continue to add glass to make the bead larger, use other tools to shape the beads, etc. When I have the bead to the desired size, I put it in my kiln. This allows the bead to anneal, or gain strength and durability for every day use. It also allows the bead to cool at a slow pace. Glass beads that cool to quickly will crack.
I'm from Iowa and my studio is located in a rural farm setting in the northern part of the state.
I strive to make pieces that are functional, modern in design and striking in color and overall look. Another priority for me is keeping my prices affordable. Each bead is handmade so time and skill are involved in making your piece. I believe my prices reflect the experience I hold as a lampwork artist (I've been at this since 2008), and the quality of the product you will receive.
When I'm Not Busy
When I'm not busy, you can find me with my three year old daughter, Violet, and my husband, Bruce. Our favorite thing to do is golf when the weather is nice. I love to do just about anything outdoors including jogging, swimming, biking and more.
Why I Create
I think the number one question I'm asked is, "How did you get interested in this?" I've always been drawn to glass beaded jewelry, but it was rare that I could ever find it. In the few places I did find it whether it was on vacation or somewhere else, I really didn't understand or know that the pieces were made of glass. I like the way glass looks as far as jewelry goes. It has dimension and vibrancy. It's noticeable and can be stylish yet timeless. It looks good on teens and older women alike.
I started making my own beads and pieces because I've always had a vision of what that would look like. I wanted simpler versions of what I was seeing, yet larger glass beads. Art is unique and fulfilling for me. I love the process; I love the end result (as long as it turns out;). It takes awhile to truly make pieces that reflect my vision of what I've envisioned for my brand. That doesn't happen overnight. But I'm pleased at where I'm at in that process as my brand and products continue to evolve. So thank you for your interest. These products aren't cookie cutter style. They aren't made in a factory that has the ability to produce many of the same kind. Wrist Flair Glass is artisan jewelry. Each glass bead is hand crafted, one at a time.