collage of glass Valentines Day gifts in various romantic designs

Valentine’s Day Special Deal <3

This weekend we are working overtime in the FTG studio to make sure everyone’s Valentine’s Day orders are filled on time. Will your handblown glass gift make it into the kiln before firing day? It will if you place your order before Monday! (2/10/20, guaranteed shipping for US only)

model wearing a glass beaded necklace inspired by flames

This necklace is pure FIRE!

And one very lucky person will be getting a hot deal on this one-of-a-kind wearable work of art… for a short time we are lowering the price on this sexy, head-turning, flame-inspired FIRE Necklace to just $70! But act quickly… there’s only 1 in existence, and the price goes back up to $85 after Valentine’s Day!

There are so many love inspired designs in our boutique of handmade creations, with prices starting as low as just $9. Let me know what you’d like me to make for you (or for your love) this Valentine’s Day!

collage of glass pendants and ornaments under $20 for gifts and stocking stuffers

Over a Dozen Gifts for Under $20!

Yes, you can still make it a handmade holiday, even if you’re running out of time and budget! To help out with your last minute gifts and stocking stuffers, here is a list of all our handmade creations that are just $20 or less:

 

handblown glass icicle ornaments decorating a Christmas tree

Icicle Ornaments: $4 each!

These simple yet beautiful glass icicles ornaments look so real because each one is flame-sculpted individually, so no two are the same. They reflect the colors of the lights on your tree, or the sun coming in your window.

 

collection of handblown glass winter spiral solstice yule ornaments

Winter Spirals: $8 each!

These clear glass ornaments reflect the colors and images surrounding them, while you reflect upon the beauty of the season. The Winter Spiral is a magical and heartwarming celebration of light that brings us hope in the darkest time of the year. In this moment, endings become beginnings, and all things are possible.

 

collection of 5 handblown glass spiral twist holiday ornaments in a variety of colors

Spiral Twists: $9 each!

These simple yet beautiful handblown glass twirls have a ribbon of vivid color along the edge. So while the clear, twisted glass catches glimmers of light, the bright color spirals around it. These hand crafted ornaments are a wonderfully unique way to help celebrate the season, and they make great holiday gifts.

 

collage of glass mushroom pendants surrounding a photo of one being made by a glass artist

Shrooms @ just $9 each!

A brightly colored 3 dimensional mushroom is encased within a drop of clear glass, and finished with a loop to be worn as a necklace. Each pendant is flame sculpted individually, so no two are exactly the same. This mushroom pendant is hand crafted entirely of glass, so no mushrooms were harmed in the making of this unique jewelry.

collage of glass heart pendants in various color options

Heart pendants <3 from $9-$12

 

This pendant captures the essence of love in such a simple yet universal symbol. Wearing this unique glass art jewelry is a beautiful reminder to be true to yourself, and always follow your heart. Each handblown glass heart pendant is flame sculpted individually, so no two are exactly alike.

model wearing glass Mothers Milk droplet pendant on silver chain gift for Breastfeeding moms

Mother’s Milk droplets: $15.

 

This handblown glass Mother’s Milk pendant is a symbol of love and sacrifice. Breast milk is a sacred river of purity and life, a physical manifestation of your spirit, flowing into and nourishing your newborn child. This simple yet stunning necklace is a wonderful keepsake created to honor your breastfeeding journey.

glass goddess pregnant belly clear droplet pendants and ornaments

Birth Belly pendants: $15.

 

This beautiful, clear handblown glass pregnant belly droplet pendant takes the form of a beautiful, fertile woman. It is the perfect way to pamper any Goddess, whether Mother, Midwife, or Matriarch! Our Birth Belly pendants are each flame sculpted individually, and then kiln annealed for added durability.

model wearing glass Menarch jewelry and celebrating her first period

Menstrual Jewelry: $15.

 

This handblown glass blood droplet pendant is a symbol of sacrifice, and a subtle yet beautiful way to celebrate your monthly cycle. Whether marking the start of menstruation, your monthly moon, or the shift of menopause, these are sacred rites of passage in all women’s lives, and we need to reclaim this special time for ourselves, and for our daughters.

glass mushroom pendants in a variety of different color combinations

Magic Mushrooms! $18 each

 

The glass mushroom is encased within a drop of clear glass, with swirls of color in the background, creating a vivid 3-dimensional universe deep within the glass. Each pendant is finished with a loop to be worn as a necklace, or it can also be hung from a window, rear view mirror, or anywhere else you may need a little shroom magic to brighten your day!

handblown glass pregnant belly goddess ornament

Birth Belly ornaments: $18

 

These Birth Belly ornaments were created to honor and cherish the amazing journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. This heirloom ornament is a wonderful way to commemorate the arrival of a new family member, and a keepsake to be cherished for years to come!

 

collage of handblown glass dragonfly pendants in various colors

Dragonflies: $18 each

A unique, flame-sculpted glass dragonfly adorns this beautiful glass pendant, so simple in design yet deep in meaning… dragonflies carry the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. The dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it is to remind you to bring more lightness and joy into your life.

collection of glass astrology jewelry with zodiac symbols in a rainbow of colors

Zodiac pendants: $20.

 

What’s your sign? A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, each Zodiac necklace features a handmade glass pendant, appx 1″, with your choice of astrological symbol, in your color preference, strung on an adjustable length necklace cord with clasp, and lovingly wrapped in a gift box with an artist info card.

planet earth glass pendant on silver chain necklace

Earth pendants: $20.

 

The white, whispy clouds swirling on the surface of this Earth pendant cast a shadow onto the earth’s surface encased within, giving this unique piece a 3-dimensional, atmospheric effect. A fun and funky way to show off your earthy side! As with all of our pendants, each is one-of-a-kind, so slight variations in the pattern are to be expected… and enjoyed!

collection of pregnant belly blessingway birth beads in various colors

Mini belly beads! $20.

I created these colorful mini belly pendants to celebrate the amazing journey of pregnancy and childbirth… they are sculpted individually so that each one is as unique as the mama wearing it. A beautiful addition to any birth-bead necklace, as a focal point during labor, or a treasured momento of those incredible 9 months… and they can later be used as a nursing necklace, too! Also makes a great gift for your midwife or doula.

glass labor and birth symbolism and support jewelry in various colors

Crowning Glory birth jewelry: $20.

 

A sweet and simple depiction of a very special moment… this Crowning Glory pendant captures with subtle elegance the crowning of a baby’s head just before birth. A wonderful way to forever cherish that magical moment when a new life is born, and celebrate the strength and beauty that all mothers possess.

glass autumn leaves necklace pendants in golden amber colors

Leaf pendants: $20 each

A beautiful expression of our ever-present connection with the earthly elements, this fluttering leaf pendant has long been one of our most popular designs. Each one is hand-sculpted in the flame and is one-of-a-kind, just like you would find in nature. The gentle curves of the leaf catch the light, enhancing the vivid swirls of color encased with the glass.

This Wednesday 12/18 will be our last kiln firing of the decade! Will your handblown glass holiday gifts be in there? It is not too late to order, because we work right up until the last minute, filling orders for all the procrastinators out there. Often the torches are lit, the kiln is hot, and the studio is still in crunch mode well past midnight on our last day. If you need your order to be delivered by Christmas Eve, we need it on our to-do lost no later than the 18th. The glassblowing elves are very dedicated to getting all your packages out on time!

glass artists working in the studio

Be sure to place your holiday order no later than 12/18 for guaranteed delivery by 12/24!

Thanks for supporting artists and small family businesses this holiday season, and always. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Family Tree Glass orders

You do the shopping, and we’ll handle the shipping!

 

collage of 2 handblown glass necklaces inspired by fire and ice

Exclusives: FIRE & ICE Jewelry

I love creating beaded jewelry to showcase our handblown glass focal pendants. Each custom necklace is special and unique, and no two are ever exactly the same. However, there needs to be some continuity among them in order for us to offer them on our website or Etsy shop. Most people want to have some idea of what the final piece will look like before buying it sight unseen, or to be able to request a certain style that they may have seen in a photo of a past order.

model wearing a glass beaded necklace inspired by flames

This necklace is pure FIRE!

But sometimes I make glass beads that I simply cannot be sure I will be able to re-create. It may be because I used a small batch of color that varies from piece to piece. Or maybe I just had a creative urge to try something new in the studio that looks totally different from anything else on our website. And occasionally I get my hands on some fabulous gemstones or beads that I may never be able to find again, but that I just can’t resist! Other times I just spend way too much time painstakingly arranging the perfect combination of beads to create a work of wearable art that I feel is more worthy of an art gallery than a jewelry boutique.

These are some of the factors that helped to inspire two new necklaces that I am unveiling this week. One is a sexy 5 piece flame pendant necklace with bamboo coral accent beads strung with amber gemstones. The other is another 5 piece icicle pendant necklace, with sparkling clear glass icicles strung with turquoise beads of varying grades, shades, and sizes. I love how the two styles contrast, yet compliment each other, although each necklace is a stand alone work of art.

model wearing a glass icicle necklace with turquoise beads

Adorn yourself with icicles this winter!

These are exclusive limited edition works of wearable art that will never be recreated. They both go live this Wednesday at noon est! You can follow the FTG Facebook page for the official announcement when they go live… once they are sold, that will be it! Although if there is more interest in exclusive jewelry, I have a plethora of ideas for unique pieces and hope to be able to offer more one of a kind pieces in the future.

My daughter Joy modeled these necklaces for me, and my son Faith took care of the photography and editing. I am so excited to have them on board for this new family endeavor, and hope we have the opportunity to create more head turning glass art to adorn you with!

woman dressed festively for Christmas and modeling a custom glass rainbow babywearing family necklace

Cyber Monday: FREE Shipping!

handblown glass icicle ornament hanging on a Christmas tree

These flame sculpted beauties are $4 each, $20 for 6, or FREE with any $50 order!

Use Promo Code FTGfree to get FREE shipping applied to your FTG order today! This deal ends at midnight est tonight, and will be our last discount offer of the year… so be sure to take advantage now! We’ll also include a FREE handblown glass icicle ornament with every order of $50 or more now through December 8th.

All holiday orders that need to be delivered in time for Christmas Eve should be placed no later than December 18th (US only). And yes, we are still taking orders for our custom Family ornaments, too!

glass family of 6 holiday ornament gift

You choose the size and the colors, and we’ll put the glassblowing elves to work for you!

Thanks for making it a handmade holiday with handblown goodies from the glassblowing elves at Family Tree Glass!

glass artists working in the studio

Be sure to place your holiday order no later than 12/18 for guaranteed delivery by 12/24!

handblown glass icicle ornaments decorating a Christmas tree

FREE Glass Icicle Ornament with your order!

handblown glass icicle ornament hanging on a Christmas tree

We create each icicle by hand individually, so no two are ever the same!

This week we are giving thanks to those who choose to support artists and small family businesses during the holiday shopping season. To show our appreciation, we are including a FREE Glass Icicle Ornament with every order over $50! These individually flame sculpted decorations look so natural hanging on the Christmas tree. Each one is unique and one of a kind. They make great stocking stuffers, and are perfect little add-on gifts for Winter Solstice, Hannukah, Yule, or any family winter tradition you may have. Place your order by Dec 18th to have one added to your package!

PLUS: The Great Glass Giveaway continues! So far we have given away a Crowning Glory birth jewelry pendant, a magical Mushroom necklace, and a colorful Spiral Twist holiday ornament. Week 4 is here, and the next prize is a set of 6 handblown glass Icicle Ornaments… visit our Facebook page to enter! One lucky winner will be randomly chosen this Friday! And speaking of Black Friday…

Family Tree Glass orders

You do the shopping, and we’ll handle the shipping!

All domestic orders received anytime from Black Friday to Cyber Monday will get FREE shipping! Just use promo code FTGfree when checking out. Coupon is valid from midnight on Thanksgiving until midnight on Cyber Monday. Enjoy!

Have you heard about our Happy Customer Photo Contest yet? Just upload a pic of your FTG jewelry in its natural habitat to the FTG facebook page before Thanksgiving, and you could win! With over $100 in prizes, what have you got to lose?!

Thank you so much for keeping our torches lit and our kiln fired up. Best wishes for a very blessed Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

 

 

a collection of photos of Family Tree Glass customers wearing their handblown glass jewelry

Photo Contest – Over $100 in Prizes!

One of the best parts of this 20+ year glassblowing gig is getting to see pics of all the beautiful people I have had the pleasure of adorning with our glass jewelry, and knowing that there are literally tens of thousands of my glass pendants scattered around the globe. In fact, it brings me so much joy that I want to share it with every one of you! And so we bring you The FTG Happy Customer Photo Contest!

How to Enter:

Just share your favorite pic featuring your Family Tree Glass necklace on our Facebook page by Nov 27 to be entered into the contest. Voting will begin on Nov 29, and our lucky winners will be announced on Dec 6! (If your entry was taken by a photographer, please tag them in the pic so that they get the credit they deserve!)

OVER $100 in PRIZES!

1st place: $50 FTG gift certificate
2nd place: $30 FTG gift certificate
3rd place: $20 FTG gift certificate
Voters’ Raffle: Just casting your vote will automatically put you in the running to win a free FTG pendant of your own!

Already shared a pic?

We’ve received so many great photos over the years, and appreciate every single one more than you could know! If you’d like to enter a pic that you’ve previously shared with us, just comment on it to let me know, or feel free to re-share and I’ll make sure it is entered into the photo contest!

handblown glass spiral twist holiday ornaments

These Colorful Spiral Twist ornaments start at just $9 each, or get a set of 5 for $40 (that saves $5!)

Great Glass Giveaway!

While you’re visiting our fb page to check out the contest entries, be sure to enter this week’s giveaway… the prize is a handblown glass Color Spiral Ornament!

I look forward to seeing all the entries come in over the next couple weeks. I will then compile them all into a post for our followers to vote on. You may then share the contest post in order to get more support for your favorite photo. I will also share the entries on our website. Be sure to check back on Friday Dec 6th to see who our lucky winners are. Good luck, and as always, thanks for supporting art and artists!

collage of photos shared by Family tree Glass fans showing off their glass jewelry

A variety of glass mushroom pendants atop a pile of colorful autumn leaves

Making Magic Mushrooms!

One of the first things an aspiring glass artist learns to make is a mushroom bead. Once you’ve gained enough experience to be able to control a glob of molten glass over an open flame, it’s a relatively simple technique. And it’s fun! You get to explore working with the properties of solid glass, liquid glass, clear glass, and colored glass, all in one project. And the final result is awesome… the 3 dimensional qualities of the finished pendant are mesmerizing, and the little encased mushroom looks so real in there!

glassblower making a glass mushroom bead

The bead of glass needs to be just the right temperatures – hot yet solid at the top, and molten liquid at the bottom – before you inject the thin stringer of color through the molten part. When that colored glass hits the solid part, it spreads out into a very realistic looking mushroom cap!

glassblower working with molten glass over a torch flame, making a glass pendant

We use the torch flame to melt off the rod of excess colored glass, leaving just the mushroom cap and stem encased inside the hot glass bead, and close up the hole. Weve got to keep the whole piece molten in order to add a necklace loop, and then transfer it to the hot kiln for annealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 years of blowing glass, and I still love making these little guys. I went a little shroom crazy in the studio recently, and we now have over 20 new color combinations in stock to choose from! I’ve also added a custom listing so that you can help create your own pendant by choosing your favorite colors. Starting at just $9 for the clear glass droplet shrooms, and $18 for the bigger pendants with a vibrant colored background, these unique necklaces make great gifts. I hope you have as much fun frolicking through this field of new mushroom necklaces as I had creating them!

man playing guitar and singing while wearing a gladd mushroom bead necklace

In love with this pic from @djjasonkc showing off one of our handblown glass shroom beads in action! (photo cred goes to J. Reinhard Media)

glass mushroom pendants in a vriety of different color combinations

The fluctuations in temperature, the different properties of each glass color, and the overall nature of hot liquid glass all ensure that each shroom pendant is unique and one of a kind!

 

glass labor and birth symbolism and support jewelry in various colors

Crowning Glory pendant reviews

Our Crowning Glory birth jewelry design has always been one of my favorites because of it’s elegant simplicity, but even more because of it’s significance. The symbolism is subtle enough that it can be worn anywhere, and the design is simple enough that they are an affordable item for just about any budget. It’s no wonder why they have been one of our best sellers for many years.

But no need to take my word for it… below are some customer reviews specific to this design. (All of this feedback comes from the FTG Etsy store, but you can also leave feedback for purchases here on the FTG website, too! In fact, please do!)

“Wow. Just wow. Stunning. Even more perfect than I thought it would be. I ordered this bead for my birthing necklace to give me strength and keep me focused during labor. I thought it would be perfect because of the smooth glass texture and the small bump and all. It’s so perfect! I was nervous I made a mistake ordering pink but I’m so glad I did. Its beautiful. Thank you so much! I’ll treasure it forever and hopefully pass it to my daughter some day.” ~Andrea D. of Biloxi, MS

Glass birth necklace pendant on pregnant woman

I just love when customers send me beautiful pics like this when they leave a review!

“I can’t wait to give this to my niece who is expecting in less than a month. The size and subtlety of this piece is perfect! I love it!” ~Christy O. of Pickerington, OH

“This necklace is so beautiful! You can really tell it’s handcrafted with quality glass. Thank you so much for making this for me. I’m giving it as a gift for my midwife. I’m very excited I found your shop because I plan to order a different pendant for my doula. Thank you!”  ~Daniza M. of Chula Vista, CA

“It’s just beautiful and the perfect gift for my amazing midwife! (Although it’s nearly one year since our wonderful birth. Wow.)” ~Melanie M. of Santa Monica, CA

“Hi! I love the piece you made me after my daughter was born 3 years ago! I have been wearing it all the time. Please send me another, in Jade this time. Thank you!” ~Jill W. of Carlisle, MA

“Beautiful piece! This made a lovely gift for my friend’s blessingway.” ~Larissa T. of Niceville, FL

“These are the most perfect gifts i could have found my Mother! Beautiful! Thank you!” ~Natalie K. of Lutz, FL

glass art jewelry with babywearing mother and babe wearing a rainbow wrap“Someone gave me your Rainbow Babywearing Pendant for my blessingway necklace and I love it SO MUCH. I plan to add these two to the necklace before delivery. Thank you!!!!!” ~Carrie B. of Montclair, NJ

“Sage color glass please :). I love the subtle beauty of this pendant. I plan on wearing it for the rest of my pregnancy. Thanks! Your work is beautiful, I’ve really enjoyed browsing through your creations.” ~Kaitlyn M. of Brielle, NJ

“Perfect for my dear friend’s blessingway necklace!” ~Nicole P. of Decatur, GA

“Thank you so much- I am studying midwifery and these are gifts (one for me) and one for a midwife mentor of mine.” ~Elisabeth C. of Sunbury, Australia

Glass birth pendant in lavender modelled on a necklace

A customer pic of the Crowning Glory pendant in Lavender.

“Hi there, beautiful, beautiful work! Just had first bebe enter the world and I ordered this for our doula. Thank you so much!”  ~BonnieJeanne D. of Bowser, Canada

“Gorgeous! I’ll be attending a mother’s blessing celebration soon and this will be my gift for the mother-to-be. I’m tempted to order one for myself!” ~Janet W. of San Bernardino, CA

“I love them – such a discreet way to honour a special moment.” ~Tessa K. of Banksia Park, Australia

Every time we get a good review, I do a little happy dance! We are now up to 500 reviews on Etsy (that’s a lot of dancing) and we keep holding strong with that 5 star rating! Positive feedback is so important to us, and sometimes it comes in different forms… like this note I was asked to include in a package when shipping out a Crowning Glory pendant:

“Meg, Ever since I read about your birth plan, I felt like I needed to send you a little something. Something to show my support and my hope that this birth becomes everything you want and need it to be. This is what I thought of. In crunchy birthy circles, birth pendants are often given as gifts to be worn during labor and birth. To help us remember and gain strength from the goddess within and to embrace the empowering task we are undertaking. This necklace in particular made me think of you and your particular task of a vbac. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to keep it, or gift it to another woman in the future who may find herself in a similar situation as you are in now. I wish you the absolute best.” ~Jody C. of San Diego, CA

I can’t express how humbling it is to know that a creation of mine has significance to another woman in her journey into motherhood. I am so thankful for the privilege!

 

Tree of Life series of glass pendants in 4 different color options

Fall Fashion Favorites

It’s my favorite season of the year! I love fall fashions… warm tones, cozy knits, layered with rich autumn colors, and of course, handblown glass accessories! Because we make all of our glasswork by hand individually, we always have to be one step ahead of the season… which means we are already busy in the studio making glass icicles and other holiday ornaments right now. So every year I have to make a point to slow down and look around at all the beautiful but fleeting colors, and try to soak it all in before it’s gone. The colder weather and falling leaves always seem to have us all scurrying around in preparation for the winter ahead… but for now let’s reflect a little and enjoy the present moment… here are some of my favorite fall themed creations to help inspire some autumnal meditations…

glass autumn leaf necklace pendants set of two

This set of two Autumn Leaf pendants in warm amber swirls were custom created for a mother and daughter.

glass Tree of Life pendant in red on black with a full moon in white

This piece is from our Tree of Life: Midnight series and features an Exotic Red tree on a Black pendant, with a full moon peeking through the branches!

glass babywearing mother of two pendant on gemstone necklace in fall colors

The colors in this Babywearing Mother-of-2 piece make me think of crisp autumn air, falling leaves, and cozy snuggles!

glass vulva pendant in golden amber tones with semiprecious gemstone beads

The golden hues on this amber swirl Vulva pendant are accentuated by the autumn inspired semiprecious stones in the custom beaded necklace.

Breastfeeding Mother and Child glass pendant on beaded necklace in warm amber tones

The warm amber tones swirl around the mother figure in this Breastfeeding pendant contrast nicely with the milky white of the nursing babe.

 

 

glass spiral symbols necklace pendants shown in a variety of color options

Our glass Spiral pendants signify a change in direction and perspective…

Family Tree Glass family photo

My true fall favorites! This pic was taken 10 years ago, when we first moved to VT… it’s hard to get the kids to pose like this for me anymore!  Happy Fall, friends!

 

 

 

glass artists working in the studio

A Very Interesting Custom Order!

I was recently contacted by someone looking for a very unique custom made glass pendant. She saw my Vulva jewelry, and then sent me this message:

“Hello,
I think your vulva pendants are absolutely gorgeous. This might be an absolutely bizarre question, but I figured I’d ask anyway. I teach a feminist horror movie class and a subject we talk about very frequently is ‘vagina dentata’ or a vagina with teeth. Is there any way to incorporate that into a vulva pendant? I saw your vulva pendants and I thought huh that would go amazing with my class if there was something vaguely teeth-like on the inside. All the other vagina dentata jewelry that exists is very obviously a vulva and it’s very explicit. That doesn’t work for me because I would be wearing this for my job. I really like the subtleness of your pendants. Like I said, I understand how weird and incredibly specific this question is, but I appreciate your time!”

Weird and incredible specific, you say? Sounds like a challenge to me! This was the result:

glass vulva jewelry vagina dentata design

Vagina Dentata jewelry design: freaky, weird… and cool!

“This is a crazy custom piece. I TA for a psychoanalytical feminist horror movie class (it’s very niche, I know) and the most fun thing we learn about is the mythology of the vagina dentata. I wanted a necklace of one but I couldn’t find one on the market, so I requested a custom order. The shop owners are so great and the customer service was amazing. The process of creating the custom piece was also great. The owner asked me specifics on every detail to ensure it was exactly how I wanted it. The collaboration with this shop turned out perfectly and this is by far the coolest necklace I own. I sent a picture of it to my professor and now she wants one too. I randomly reached out to this shop asking them to make me a vulva necklace with teeth and it came out gorgeous.”  ~E. Sanders, Bloomington IN

Go here to learn more about our glass Vulva jewelry design and the inspiration behind it.

Have an idea you’d like to see manifested in glass? Reach out and get in touch. No custom requests are ever too weird or specific… I always love a good challenge!