About Lesley Swan

I am a New Zealand glass bead maker who imports the finest European glass and turns it into amazing art glass beads to use in jewellery creations.

Through the years I have dabbled in many arts and crafts. Dress making, quilting, embroidery, pottery, weaving, spinning, boat building, (yes I know how to fiberglass and paint), even hand sewing pine needle baskets.


Some of these crafts I still do but glass bead making has been my passion since I discovered I could create my own glass beads to embelish jewellery.


Bead making is a little dangerous as I could burn myself, blow up my studio with the dual gas torch I use to melt or blow and decorate the glass into those shiny glass baubles. Maybe this medium provides me with an element of excitement now my yachtie ocean roaming days are limited owing to age but not to my sense of adventure. The opportunity to teach people the value of handmade beads and the application of colour  combines  skills learnt in previous careers.


Take time to browse my gallery, contact me and let me create the special one of a kind creation you will love to wear.


What People Say

“I just found your card and wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the necklace I purchased from you in March 2017 while I was visiting NZ. The necklace is a joy to wear, and I get many compliments on it. Thanks for your creativity.”

— Diane, Australia

“ The beautiful glass beads I purchased from you when on the Celebrity Soltice shore excursion last month are giving me much joy and pleasure each time I wear them. Just thought I'd let you know. You are soooo talented and gifted. Cheers.”

— Margaret, Australia