Rainy Day Beads

We have rain! And I am most definitely not complaining… Not only are we are in a serious drought here in California, so the rain is very much needed, but I have been waiting sooo long for the weather to finally cool off. So while it’s dark, gloomy, and wet outside – it’s definitely a good thing!

Here’s some new beads to brighten up your week πŸ™‚Β  Available now on Etsy.

CCGlassArt Encased Murrini Big Hole Beads

Big Hole Encased Murrini Beads – European Charms

Someone once told me that trees give the best display of color during the Fall after a very cold winter. I’m not sure if that’s true or not here in SoCal, but I have noticed that we are not getting much color from our trees this Fall, and we had a very mild winter last year. So maybe there is something to it…

Because I’m in Los Angeles I don’t really expect a gloriously colored Fall show – but there have been years when it has been so beautiful! The trees around here don’t really start changing much until November anyway, and it only lasts a couple weeks when it does occur.

Sadly, this year, it seems as though most trees are going directly from green to brown leaves 😦  I have heard rumors that this winter is supposed to be particularly cold – so while it may not be that much fun living through it, (although I do prefer cold weather to hot), at least I know it will be worth it next Fall πŸ˜€

Hard to think that far ahead when it’s still 88 degrees outside today :-\

In the meantime, here are some new encased murrini beads to brighten your day (which may not be all that sunny and warm in your neck of the woods). All beads are available now on Etsy! πŸ™‚

Encased murrini big hold beads by CCGlassArt
Encased murrini big hold beads by CCGlassArt

Encased Murrini Beads for Fall

It’s hard to describe, but there is a distinct change in the air when Fall arrives here in SoCal.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re still having some way-too-hot-for-this-time-of-year days. But the change is happening. Those hot days are becoming less frequent and we are even having chilly mornings and evenings. I almost (not yet, but almost!) put my Uggs on when my feet were cold one morning this week. πŸ˜€

Did everyone catch the photo I posted on Facebook of my cute pup Yogi after he came back from the groomer yesterday? They always put him in a cute little bandana. Just thought I’d mention that…Β  πŸ™‚

Yogi

Since it was still so hot last week I was not able to get too many beads made. :-\

Available now on Etsy…:

CCGlassArt Beads

At last…NEW Lampwork Big Hole Beads!

The past couple months has been brutal, weather-wise. We’ve had one of the hottest summers I can remember. And, sadly, we’re not done yet! We will enjoy a little relief at the end of this week, where the temps will only be in the high 80’s, then it’s back up to almost 100+ again for another undetermined period of time.Β  😦

Thankfully we had a short break in the heat last week which allowed me a chance to hop on the torch for a while. It had been so long since I had last made beads that I really enjoyed myself. Can’t wait to get back beading more regularly! Hopefully by November the last of the heat waves will have passed…

Available now on Etsy – Enjoy! πŸ˜€

New Big Hole Beads

Purple Passion Beads

With the type of glass I use it is often tricky to find a wide selection of nice, rich purple colors. You usually have to get pretty creative layering different colors of glass to achieve the shades you’re after. This batch of beads was a challenge to see how much variation of purple I could get into each bead without repeating the same murrini too often.

This resulted in a nice mix of purple, violet, lilac, lavender and other colors that went nicely together such as amber, ivory and purple; aqua, indigo blue and purple, etc.

Unfortunately there aren’t many beads to choose from in this batch – not because of the issue with purple glass, but mainly because of our hot summer weather!

In years past I have taken the entire summer off from torching because it is nearly impossible to do when it’s 100+ degrees. Especially when you add on the heat coming off the torch, kiln, and bead warmer! And the older I get, the less tolerant I am of these conditions and would just rather hibernate in the air conditioning until the weather changes. πŸ˜€

But when you have a passion for making beads, and have new ideas that are nagging at you, it’s hard to wait out the heat. Our high summer temperatures typically last well into October and sometimes early November!

This summer has been no different heat-wise. But I have been trying to catch a cool-ish morning or two now and then so I can torch for at least a little while. This way I have some beads to share, as few as they may be…

These are available on Etsy. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking! πŸ˜€