Posts Tagged "C-Koop Beads"

The Color of Copper

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 in Paper Bead Creations | 9 comments

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  I was spared from cooking, we went to my in-laws who just came from a trip to Egypt!  I am jealous, I wanted to go just to see and feel the papyrus paper.  I would have loved just the plain paper with no prints on them and make paper beads with them.  Anyway, this would be a whole new phase of my life, traveling.  I am hoping to do that next year, God willing. Thank you so much for all the nice comments, all eight of them!  Today, I am going to draw two names to win the two bracelets giveaway.  But before that, here is the Enameled Copper Leaves bracelet I made;


The beads are connected using the rosary loops, this style has lots of possibilities, you can add more charm to it, make it a double strand adding copper chain to it…….


And now for the drawing, using Math Goodies Random Number Generator:

Coral Color Beads goes to # 3! Congratulations to January, I don’t think I have your info yet so please email me your address so we can send it to you.

Jade Color Beads goes to #4!  Congratulations to Belinda, please email me your address also.

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Beautiful Enameled Copper by Ckoop

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in Paper Bead Creations | 1 comment


I met Sara Lukkonen at the Pasadena Bead and Design show and I felt lucky that her booth is just a few feet from ours.

Sara has been enameling for 30 years and has an amazing story:

“It all started over 30 years ago when I saw how to make enameled beads in a craft magazine.  I had a hobby kiln so I had all the supplies that were needed but the torch. I went out to the garage and got my dad’s soldering torch and began making beads.  At first  I made the tubular beads and made them in to jewelry to sell. This went on for a bit.


Life went on as it always does and I got married and had three sons.  When my boys got older I bought some glass powder and supplies at an estate sale.  After finding these supplies I started making beads again just for me.  Being that my boys were still at an age where curiosity got the best of them, I cleared a spot in our unused chicken coop to make my beads.


While having fun making the beads I was went back to college and became a Dietitian.  I practiced in the field for a few years. During this time I still made my beads and created jewelry for myself and friends. While I was shopping for beads in a Minneapolis bead store, the manager of the store came up to me and asked me where I got the beads on my bracelet.  “I made them” I said.  She asked me if they were for sale and would like to carry them in her store.  Thus C-Koop Beads was born.


Today we make the beads on an oxygen/propane torch.  Each piece is made one at a time in an open flame, making each piece unique. No two pieces are alike, similar but not exactly alike.


C-Koop went from making one style of bead to over 100 styles of beads, buttons, pendants and components.


The toughest part of the whole business is not having enough time to create all the new ideas that I come up with!”


I bought a few pieces from her and came up with paper bead necklace on a memory wire.  I just did not make one.


I think they complement very well with the paper beads, those colors are just incredible!
She makes them by hand and no two are alike.  Here’s some of Sara’s work:
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