New Encased Glitter and Murrini Beads

It didn’t last long, but there was a short break in the sweltering heat of summer a couple weeks ago, and I was able to sneak in a torching session to make some new beads!

It had been almost 2 months since I last got to melt glass, and it was so nice to be back at it! But it was short lived… We are now up over 100 again, so I’ll keep hoping for another opportunity to make more beads. Keep your fingers crossed for me! 😀

Until then, here are the new beads. Some are still available on Etsy.

italian glass charm beads, murano glass beads

encased silver glitter charm bead, big hole bead
handmade murrini encased bead, brass bead caps

handmade glass big hole beads, european charm beads

New Flamework Glass Charm Beads on Etsy

We’re enjoying some much needed showers today here in usually-sunny-Socal! 😀

It’s the perfect time to list some new beads, right? Or, go make hot cocoa….  beads first, though! 😉

handmade glass charm beads, murano beads, italian glass beads, bracelet beads

Thanks for looking!

Big Batch of NEW Lampwork Glass Charm Bracelet Beads on Etsy

Recently I said I was taking advantage of the cooler weather by torching as much as possible, and I wasn’t kidding! 😀 This large batch of new beads is the result of trying to beat the blazing heat that we’re experiencing now.

I’ve included several of my original encased murrini bead designs this time – plus some favorites from the past that have been popular with jewelry designers. This time I made them with a large, universal sized hole to fit the European style charm bracelets everyone loves so much (including me!).

These are available now on Etsy:

european charm bracelet beads, italian glass beads, murano beads, big hole beads, encased murrini beads, pandora beads, trollbeads, elf beads, biagi beads, chamilia beads, handmade glass beads

On a recent trip to Disneyland I discovered a Pandora bead store!!! I don’t know how long it’s been there, but now that I know about it, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing – haha! They have a spectacular selection of all things Pandora, but I was mainly interested in a few Disneyland exclusive designs. There’s a silver Minnie and Mickey bead I hope to be able to add to my collection in the future. For now, I’ve started with these two:

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The one on the left is upside down, but it’s modeled after Mickey’s Fun Wheel (the ferris wheel) in the Disney California Adventure park. I love that ride! It has swinging cars which makes the ride so fun. Plus you get a fantastic view of the whole park when you’re at the top.

The bead on the right is the classic Mickey head design – I could be wrong, but I believe it was created to celebrate Disneyland’s Diamond anniversary (60 years this year). There’s a sparkly heart on the other side, too.

Till next time….   🙂

Encased Floral & Murrini Glass Charm Beads

It’s that time of year again…when temperatures soar above 90 into the 100’s in my area. I know with that comes less time at the torch as the heat coming off all my equipment – on top of the temperature outside – makes torching pretty unbearable.

In the meantime I am trying to catch those cooler days that will be fewer and further between as we get closer to summer…

I’m still on a floral kick – it’s hard not to be when all the flowers are in bloom and looking so pretty around me! 😀

These beads are available now on Etsy:

handmade lampwork glass charm beads, european charm beads, charm bracelet beads, encased murrini beads, handmade italian glass beads, murano beads

Handmade Floral Lampwork Glass Beads & California Poppies

With the first day of Spring last week, it’s no coincidence that this week’s batch of beads is full of floral designs! Flowers are one of my favorite designs to create. I taught acrylic painting classes for years and painted nothing but flowers so I naturally gravitate toward them. Especially now that all the flowers are in bloom here in SoCal – I’m so inspired!

Over the weekend we took a drive up north to the California Poppy Reserve. Unfortunately, our timing wasn’t so great. While the Reserve had the densest flowering of poppies this year that it’s seen in over a decade, the week before we had a sudden heat wave with temperatures in the 90’s. Sadly, the poppies were not strong enough to withstand the heat, and almost the entire crop died in just a few days 😦

So, although not the breathtaking ‘wall to wall’ display of bright orange it had been just a week before – the Reserve was still a lovely sight to see with its rolling hills of green and a few areas of wildflowers. Here’s one of my favorite photos from our trip…

california poppy reserve, california poppies, southern california wildflowers

I foresee a poppy colored bead in my future! 😀

Until then, enjoy these new beads available now on Etsy:

handmade glass beads, flower beads, encased floral beads, petal beads, artisan beads