Encased Murrini Glass Bead Necklaces

I was lucky to catch a cool day (relatively speaking) earlier in the week so I was able to make several beads for these new Gazing Ball necklaces:

All Hallow’s Eve – glass bead necklace
Dockweiler Pier – glass bead necklace
Halloween Spooktacular – glass bead necklace
Malibu Pier – glass bead necklace
Sock Hop – glass bead necklace

This will probably be it from me for at least a week since we’re going into another heat wave – although I don’t feel like we’ve ever come out of one. It’s supposed to get extra hot over the next several days :-\

I’m really hoping for a long, cool winter this year!

Lampwork Glass Bead Necklaces

I am having a ball making these glass pendant necklaces (pun intended ;-))!

Coronado Pier – Lampwork Bead Necklace
Hematite Orb – Lampwork Bead Necklace
Forget Me Nots – Lampwork Bead Necklace
Cosmic Opal – Lampwork Bead Necklace

New Silver Glass Beads

I recently bought a new silver glass that not only has fun and unique reactive properties, but also produces some of the most vivid and intense deep shades of cobalt, plum, teal and turquoise I have ever seen in glass.

I had so much fun using this glass in most of this week’s beads…

Deep Sea Lichen bead pair
Venice Pier round bead
Western Wind bead pair
Sea Grass bead pair

Sea Urchins & My New Pier Series Lampwork Beads

Summer may be winding down but the heat is cranking up where I live! While the rest of the country has seen some of the hottest weather we, here in SoCal, have been experiencing a fairly mild summer. Until now…. Typically, this time of year, we really get cooking all the way through October.

So even though Fall is just around the corner, I am still thinking of and inspired by the beach!

This week’s beads include my new ‘Pier’ series. These beads just reminded me of the pylons of a pier and all the little creatures that you can find attached to them:

Santa Monica Pier round bead
Santa Monica Pier round bead

Continuing with the sea life theme, I have two small round beads (perfect size for earrings!) featuring an organic design that reminded me of prickly sea urchins:

Sea Urchins bead pair
Sea Urchins bead pair

Z-99 Frit Beads

I am having SO much fun making beads with this fabulous, and rare, Z-99 glass frit which is no longer in production. It’s vibrant purple, periwinkle and violet colors have me mesmerized!

When it’s gone, it’s gone – so I’m making the most of my time with it while it lasts. 😉

Arctic Lilies bead pair
Hermosa Pier large round bead
Lily Meadow bead pair