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Sat, Dec 10


$90 + Kit $125

Cliff Swain-Salomon - The Lovers

This piece features two lightning bugs that are situated in a field of trumpet flowers. The head and bodies are constructed using Preciosa pearls and Japanese seed beads and a custom-made Murano glass lampwork bead.

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Cliff Swain-Salomon - The Lovers
Cliff Swain-Salomon - The Lovers

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Dec 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

$90 + Kit $125

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The Lovers

This piece features two lightning bugs that are situated in a field of trumpet flowers.  The head and bodies are constructed using Preciosa pearls and Japanese seed beads—including precious metal-plated beads—which are all strung together using a combination of tubular peyote and netting.  The glowing butt is created using a custom-made Murano glass lampwork bead.  The bead is formed using Effetre glass cane, famous for its color and quality. They are hand-made using traditions and techniques that have been passed down over centuries from one Venetian glassworker to another. (Some sources say that the techniques started in Venice as early as the 8th century though Murano techniques became popular in the 15th and 16th centuries.) The pattern on the Murano beads is designed to reflect the millefiori style flowers in Klimt’s painting “The Kiss” which was originally titled, “The Lovers” (Liebespaar) when it premiered in 1908. Around the field of flowers on the bead are colorful flecks of “frit” and it is lined with either 24kt gold or platinum (depending on which colorway you choose) which were both used in the original painting.

While no one knows who the lovers were in the original painting, there are several theories.  One theory is that it is Klimt himself with his companion, fashion designer, Emilie Flöge.  Some have argued that the piece represents the kiss between Apollo and Daphne, while other scholars have argued that the piece represents the moment when Orpheus turns to caress Eurydice.

There are many reasons why I chose lightning bugs (fireflies) to represent the lovers in this bracelet. According to folklore and several different native traditions, fireflies teach us the value of living simply¸ and relying on our own inner voices for illumination.  These qualities are important in relationships as it is important to maintain our sense of self and know that our inner light will be amplified through our relationship with our partner.  In nature, the firefly primarily uses its light in mating ceremonies, and it is quite elaborate and intricate when used. Light signals are precise and exactly timed in order to attract the right mate.

Regardless of who the couple was in the painting and which partners inspire you or if you resonate with the metaphor of the lightning bugs, they can represent whomever you love in your life and how your light shines when you are with them, whether it is a spouse, partner, your child, or your fur baby.

This is a fun project that combines some of my favorite stitches including peyote, herringbone, netting, chenille, and branch fringe, and a lot of really innovative beading techniques. Please note that this piece uses a lot of size 15º beads so please have proper magnification and lighting if needed. It is also a very versatile pattern that can be used to make a bracelet as pictured, trumpet flower earrings, a brooch or pendant, or you can make a full set of matching jewelry pieces by taking different elements of the patterns to make multiple pieces of jewelry.  For those who prefer a lightning bug free piece, they can be set aside for a different project and the focal can consist of the lush flowers and leaves only.

Skill Level:  Advanced

Techniques: Peyote, chenille, herringbone, netting, branch fringe, wire work (minimal taught in class)

Kit: Mandatory $125  (includes custom-made Murano glass beads, platinum or 23kt gold plated Claspgarten clasp, custom-made seed beads, and 14g of precious metal plated seed beads in addition to everything you need to make the kit.)

Class space is confirmed upon receipt of payment. There are no class refunds unless the class is canceled by SocialBeadia.  If you need to cancel, you may transfer your spot to another student, or you will receive all instructional materials and the option to purchase a kit if available. Under no circumstances will refunds be given if you have already received the class instructions. For questions, please contact


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    Cliff Swain-Salomon - The Lovers December 10, 2022, 11 am - 5 pm

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