Kathy Perras’ Silvered Glimmers

kathy-perras-silvered-glimmersDuring my visit to Portland last month, I met up with the amazing lampwork glassmaker Kathy Perras who was one of the first artisans for Trollbeads.  She brought a number of her creations including a couple of her new designs, the glittery Feathers and the shimmery Silvered Glimmers.  I’m always fascinated with Kathy’s work and these are prime examples of how expertly she handles this medium.  As promised previously, this post will focus on the  Silvered Glimmers and Kathy was kind enough to send me home with a number of these beauties.

The Silvered Glimmers show a wide range of iridescent colors, patterns, and inclusions.  The common designs have bubbles, shadowy waves, and glitter.  The name of the beads comes from the type of glass used – silver glass, and accounts for the variety of different colors.  These beads are all one of a kinds (OOAKs) because the color does not come out until after it has been fired by the torch.  Kathy explained the process as a careful management of oxygen and temperature to achieve the desired result; with a little extra heat or air, it changes the shade of the bead and pattern.

Kathy’s glass are small diameter core and only fit on threadless chains, such as Trollbeads but not Pandora.  Keep in mind that the Silvered Glimmers are difficult to recreate precisely, so if you see one that you like Kathy might not be able to replicate it exactly.  Kathy’s work can be found on her Etsy shop, PerrasBeads operated from her studio in Oregon.  I combined another favorite artisan of mine, Suzanne Hopping’s PAXSUZbeads with these Silvered Glimmers, Snakeskin Dillos, and Mirror Dillos for this fabulous iridescent bracelet.  What do you think of these designs?  Are you attracted to these glittery creations?


Bead index (starting from left, PerrasBeads glass and PAXSUZbeads silvers): Trollbeads plain lock, silvered glimmer, silvered glimmer, pax, mirrored dillo, silvered glimmer, diamond heart, silvered glimmer, silvered glimmer, prayer wheel, silvered glimmer, snakeskin dillo, eagle, mirrored dillo, silvered dillo, universal cross, silvered dillo, silvered glimmer.

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  • Faye

    Gorgeous! Where did the prayer wheel and the eagle silver beads come from, Kathy Perras also?

  • Maryll

    Kathy is such a true artist. It’s a privilege to wear her beads. Exquisite creation, Leann!

    • Leann

      Thank you, Maryll! These are really fun :).

  • venus

    Love Kathy’s work! <3 🙂

    • Leann

      She’s wonderful, isn’t she? 🙂

      • venus

        yes <3 🙂

  • Rachel

    Wish they had a larger core 🙁

    • Leann


  • Melinda Deyhle

    omg. i absolutely LOVE these!!!

    • Leann

      Aren’t they amazing?? 😀

  • Raven97

    I love all the bead designs I have seen from Kathy Perras and would love to have them in my collection. However, the lack of hallmarks bothers me heaps.2-5-20 years from now who will know what they are how would we know if one has a genuine Perras bead or not?. Wasn’t that why Trollbeads had to start marking their beads?

    • Leann

      Yes definitely, hallmarking is difficult though and since Kathy is an independent designer, I think it’d be pretty expensive to get the laser equipment necessary :(.

  • Farah

    The beads are beautiful artwork! I don’t have any of her beads yet, but her mirror dillos are on top of my wishlist! 🙂

    • Leann

      They really are wonderful, I love the creative designs and can’t wait to see what Kathy has in store for us next!

  • Demelza Guing

    The glass work is very beautiful amazing work. I would buy these, as my favourite of any charm range are the muranos, however the cores are not to my taste. A more detailed core, like a pandora with a hallmarked logo would be expected. She really needs to stamp her work.

    • Sandra

      I have to agree with you Demelza. Unfortunately Kathy’s cores are a little sub-standard. The cores just don’t look right somehow (and I do have a few of Kathy’s beads). In addition, although Kathy states her cores are for Trolls only, they are actually much larger core sizing. It is a shame as the actual glass beads Kathy makes are quite pretty.