I’m pleased to introduce one of my favorite artisan designers, Evelien Pauw! Her charms were some of the first artisan beads that I bought when I started looking at independent craftsmen. Evelien creates her jewelry from her home workshop in the Netherlands and sells worldwide through her Etsy store, DutchBeadsNPoppers. She has been making lampwork beads since 2005 and hasn’t looked back since. Her armadillos and caterpillars are my absolute favorites, sure to rival even Trollbeads’ own, and will be featured separately in upcoming reviews. In addition to making fantastic glass beads, Evelien also offers a number of unique “poppers” – for anyone familiar with Noosa Amsterdam these are similar but more affordable and features quirky designs, a number of silver charms, and also some unique jewelry pieces.
Most DutchBeadsNPoppers glass beads are small cored and will only fit on threadless bracelets, like Trollbeads and Novobeads, but there are a few universal large core available too. The silver core is one piece and is set flush with the glass so as to not distract from the design. These lampwork beads are consistent in size and the same as Trollbeads glass which they pair perfectly with. In addition, not only does Evelien create wonderful designs of her own, she can custom make colors and patterns that you would like! If you’re as frustrated as me when trying to hunt down a certain shade in a certain style to match the other beads for your project, then you’ll find that her service is a godsend (especially at half the price).
I’ve purchased from Evelien’s shop many times, including custom orders, and have had great experiences. I own a number of her beads and look forward to showcasing them in the following weeks. Have explored artisan charms before? Are you a fan of Evelien’s?