Food-Themed Beads From The Dieting Lampworker

What’s a lampworker to do when she’s trying hard to watch her waistline but still craves all the foods she knows she shouldn’t have? She makes all her favorite treats out of glass, of course – LOL! 😀

I have always loved to bake and, more importantly…eat! One night I fell asleep thinking about how I might make a slice of pie-shaped bead, going through each step in my mind until I was sure I could duplicate this treat in glass. So, the next time I was at the torch I tried my hand at ‘baking’ the perfect slice of Lemon Meringue Pie and the results were a pleasant surprise.

Once I thought through that process my mind started racing with ideas for all kinds of favorite foods I could turn into glass beads. I have a very long list of things I have yet to try but the beads shown below are ones that I have already worked on and which have turned out well (if I do say so myself ;-).

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CheeseburgerCHEESEBURGER – This bead was so much fun to make but quite tricky to figure out as well. Getting all the elements balanced and real looking was a challenge. I started by layering each ‘ingredient’ just like you do with a real cheeseburger. The bottom bun is topped with a juicy meat patty, then layered with a slice of melting cheddar cheese, crisp green lettuce, a juicy tomato slice then finished off with a fluffy sesame seed bun.




Ice Cream Cone

ICE CREAM CONE:  This bead is a fond farewell to summer and all the cool sweet treats we’ll miss (because in the winter we just eat ice cream from a carton, right? not in a cone – lol!) I made the vanilla ice cream to hang over the waffle cone so it appears to be just about to melt. I also sprinkled some colorful sugar ‘jimmies’ on top for fun.





Lemon Pie


LEMON MERINGUE PIE: This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts – mine too! From the flaky and lightly browned pie crust, to the tart lemon filling and sweet, toasted meringue on top – this bead looks good enough to eat (but please don’t ;-)).




All these beads are available now on eBay:

Stay tuned for more foodie & sweet treat beads to come…

Until next time,