“Moonstones” Lampwork Glass Beads

"Moonstones" glass bead set

This is a design of mine that I revisit every so often because I just love the way they look and they’re so much fun to make!

These beads are all made with the same glass ‘recipe’ which includes transparent glass, opaque glass and reactive silver glass.

However, even though they are each made the same way, every bead has its own unique look because of the technique I use.

With soft shades of pale aqua, light violet, seafoam and a subtle reflective iridescent finish – these beads are versatile enough to be combined with other beads, but also pretty and interesting enough to stand on their own in any jewelry design.

Luna Bead Set & Matching Focal

I went “to the moon and back” when I created these lampwork glass art beads! 😀 With an opaque black base and many specialty materials I created my interpretation of a lunar themed design in glass.

LUNA lampwork bead collection
LUNA glass bead focal

Monet’s Lilies

It’s been a long time since I used powdered glass enamels in my beads. Although messy to work with, I love the wispy look they give. Combined with a special technique where they are layered with frit and encased in clear they develop what I like to call a ‘watercolor effect’.

In these beads I used this technique with enamels and glass frit in shades of teal, soft green, blue and lavender. Being a fan of Monet’s paintings I couldn’t help but name these beads after his unique impressionistic style.

Monet's Lilies focal bead
Monet's Lilies round bead set

Ocean Themed Lampwork Beads

"Low Tide" round bead collection

Maybe it’s because I live in Southern California, or just an innate love of the ocean having grown up in and around it, but I am so often inspired to create ocean themed beads.

The color pallet of the ocean is so vast, you can use a wide range of hues to depict this theme. The ocean’s varying moods can be represented by everything from aqua and turquoise like the colors of the Caribbean Sea, to rich purples and amber which are reflected off the surface of the water at sunset.

The ocean can give creative minds so much artist expression to choose from. And I’m definitely no exception.

"Low Tide" bead focal

This week I have this collection of beads called Low Tide as the colors and design reminded me of all

the little pools of water and sea creatures you can find left behind among the rocks and sand once the tide goes out.

These beads are available now on eBay.

Color Changing Alexandrite Glass

Sweet Dreams bead collection

This very special glass gets its name from the gemstone that has the same unique characteristic. Both have a tendency to change color right before your eyes depending on the lighting conditions.

This Italian imported glass can shift from a light lavender to a pale violet when taken from natural/incandescent light to florescent light.

Sweet Dreams focal bead

As a bonus, Alexandrite glass will also fume beautifully when it comes in contact with silver glass.This creates a rich, deep honey color on the surface.

This set and focal both begin with a base of magical Alexandrite glass.