I make every item you see here, including the LAMPWORK BEADS that I have used in my jewelry. Everything is one of a kind and my own original design. I have been making jewelry and beads for a living in Western Montana, for over 25 years. This is my passion and I feel very blessed to be doing what I love, every day. - Theresa Ostertag, Artist
The bead making area in my Studio.
The Efferte glass rods that I use for making my beads. This glass is from Italy and comes in 100's of colors.
I have two VERY different bead styles... one is subdued, earthy, and beautiful... the other style is silly and cartoon-like! I get a lot of enjoyment from people's reactions when they see my "Critter" beads. I can't make a realistic animal or person to save my life, they all turn out really goofy! That being said, they are fun to make, lighthearted, and they make people smile! (Folks of all ages buy these.)
I mainly make critter zipper pulls out of my silly beads. I will be adding new ones fairly frequently and I make a LOT of different kinds of these: chickens, fish of many colors, horses, baby & kid faces, elephants, hippos, cats, dogs, pigs, cows, tigers, zebras, etc... too many of them to list here!
One of my Fish beads... I love making these!
ASK ME ABOUT MY MEMORIAL BEADS! ~ Memorial beads are glass beads made with your pet or loved one's ashes. My kiln and torch are up and running and I have a fast turnaround time. Give me a call at (406)369-1573 for more information or check out the link at the top of this page. - Thank you
Please bear with me as I continue to add jewelry & other items for sale, and as I work on refining my site. - Thanks!
YES, I will still be selling at the Hamilton, MT ~ FARMERS MARKET every year from May - October.
I will be adding many other products to this website: Ornaments, Kits, Collage Items, Card Making Supplies, Fiber Assortments, Grab Bags, etc... Please keep checking back with me as I will be loading new things weekly.
These are some of my beaded & wire pins. Many hours of work go into each one. They are each totally unique. I love making these!
Each and every necklace or bracelet that I make
is OOAK, and has been designed around one of my own beautiful Lampwork Glass Beads. Each of the Lampwork beads used inspires the colors, textures, the kinds of beads used, the charms, and the metal finishes that I've used in each piece. I dearly love working with freshwater pearls, therefore I use them frequently, along with gemstones, glass beads, and crystal.
These are small Art Dolls made with one of my "critter" face beads... they take many hours of work.
I make a bunch of different styles of earrings. I will add new ones as I make them. Check back soon for more designs.