I suppose with all the rain, cloudy skies, and gloomy weather we’ve been having off and on lately, (not that I’m complaining because we desperately need the rain), I guess I needed a little brightness in my life.
But not just a little glow or shine, I’m talking out-of-control shimmer and sparkle like you would not believe!
Ok, I admit it – I LOVE all things sparkly. So when the idea popped into my head to combine the sparkliest elements I had to work with (glitter and dichroic glass), it was only a matter of time before I made it happen.
The result is my new Mirrorball series! And while these look nice in photos, wait till you get them in direct sunlight – WOW! Sunglasses are recommended…haha 😀
I also have some of my encased murrini beads available this week, and even snuck a little more dichroic glass into them as well. What can I say, I was on a roll! 😉
All beads are available now on Etsy:
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–> A little background…
When I first started lampworking it was 2008 – the first year of our country’s ‘great recession’, and a time when lampworkers who had already been selling beads for years agreed that the days of making good money from this craft were over.
In the beginning all I wanted was to make the money back I was spending on buying all the supplies I needed to make beads, and all the equipment I had invested in. I loved lampworking so much, making money at it was not my focus… But it is an expensive hobby so covering my cost was the only way I could justify continuing with it.
I went through pounds and pounds of glass, countless hours at the torch, and spent many years honing my craft to get to the level I am able to sustain today – while also creating a thriving business.
But, I felt like much of my struggles could’ve been avoided if I had just had the right guidance and knowledge from people who had gone before me. Most of the classes offered at the time were cost prohibitive for me to attend. So with the few books available on the market at the time, I had to set about learning on my own how to master all the techniques I needed to know to make the beautiful beads I dreamed of creating.
This is one of the main reasons I wrote my two tutorials. At the time there was not one single book available to learn how to make murrini – which I had a small obsession with (and still do 😉 ). I was buying tons of murrini from other talented artists but it was costing me a small fortune. My love of murrini was not financially sustainable for as much as I like to use them in my beads! The only solutions was to learn to make murrini myself.
So, I spent the next few years teaching myself and coming up with a method to reliably make complex murrini cane. I decided to share what I knew in my tutorials. My goal was to help other lampworkers avoid all the trial and error I went through, and just get to the part where they’re making beautiful murrini.
Since then, I have published other tutorials in the popular e-magazine Soda Lime Times. I also contributed a tutorial in their first edition of Hot Glass for Cool Kids which went on to raise over $10,000 for Beads of Courage which donates fun beads to kids who most need to smile, those who are struggling with serious health issues.
I am VERY proud of these accomplishments – and now am at a place with my craft that I have a heart to see other artists grow and be successful making glass beads. 😀
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Yes, you could spend the next several years going through a lot of trial and errors of practicing techniques on your own, or experience the ups and downs of trying lots of different ways to make a name for yourself in this industry – like I did. But why do that when you could glean from the personal experience of someone who’s already been through it, and has success now without making all those mistakes?
Making Beads & Murrini
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Looooong time, no beads! Yep – I know it’s been a while since I last posted some new beads. Maybe even 5 or 6 months – yikes! 😮
This happened for a few different reasons… First, it was blazing hot at the end of last summer. And our hot weather lasts well into October. I fully admit to being a hot-weather-wimp. Torching next to a 1600° flame, a 850° rod warmer, and a 960° kiln when it’s over 100° outside is downright miserable for me.
Then, we rearranged my glass studio area, and it took several months to get the new area all set up with a much improved, and more powerful ventilation system. Then came the holidays…and well, it just took a long time to get things back up to speed – what can I say? :-\
The downside is that I missed a few months of really good torching weather when it was nice and cool – and now the temperatures have already climbed back up into the high 80’s, low 90’s.
But, the good news is – that I am bursting at the seams with ideas and designs for new murrini, and new beads after being away for so long!
Sitting back down at the torch to make this new batch of beads was great fun. It’s good to know I haven’t lost my ‘mojo’, and I have renewed energy to make even more pretties! 😀
These beads are now available on Etsy: