New Handmade Glass Murrini Chips

Remember that Dunkin Donuts commercial years ago where the baker begrudgingly murmurs in the wee hours of the morning, “time to make the donuts”? Well for me it was “time to make more murrini” since my Etsy shop was getting low on stock.

But of course I am not at all begrudged (is that a word?) about it like that guy was. In fact, just the opposite. Lately I have been bursting with lots of color combination ideas for new murrini designs. If only I had more time at the torch!

Here are a few new murrini designs just added to my Etsy shop this week:

(All murrini are COE 104)

Burlesque murrini chips
Burlesque murrini chips
Cabana Murrini Chips
Cabana Murrini Chips
Sea Spider murrini chips
Sea Spider murrini chips

Halloween Themed Big Hole Beads

Hard to believe but Halloween is right around the corner! To kick off the holiday season I made some cute Halloween themed big hole beads featuring encased murrini in fun shapes.

GHOST – big hole bead
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – big hole bead
WITCHIEPOO’S HAT – big hole bead
JACK O’ LANTERN – big hole bead

I also made some anytime-themed beads. Some with colorful encased murrini, some with raised dots and one with my encased stringer flowers:

LILAC BUDS – big hole bead
MALIBU PIER – big hole bead
MERMAID’S CROWN – big hole bead
MERMAID’S CROWN – big hole bead
SOCK HOP – big hole bead

New Lampwork Bead Designs

After a little hiatus I am back with some new designs! I think most artists get a form of ‘writer’s block’ now and again, and I’m no different. Occasionally the ideas stop coming so the choice becomes whether to revisit previous designs or to just take a break and allow time for something new to take root.

For me, it was worth taking time off because a few new ideas came to mind which gives me a fresh perspective and a renewed motivation to get back to the torch.

This week’s beads include a couple of my new ideas…with more to come soon! 😀

Meteor Rocks - lampwork bead set
Meteor Rocks – lampwork bead set
Oceania - lampwork bead focal
Oceania – lampwork bead focal
Mystic Heart - lampwork bead focal
Mystic Heart – lampwork bead focal

Murrini Chips – “Vortex”

I have been a busy bee making lots of murrini lately. I really enjoy making the canes – I think it’s the excitement of layering color after color, anticipating the ‘big pull’, and then the final ‘ahhh’ moment when I snip the long cane for the first time to see my miniaturized design inside.

Here is a new murrini design in neutral sheer black and ivory with striking silver glass stripes. Both variations are made from the same formula but offered in a starburst pattern, or twisted swirl (available now on Etsy).

VORTEX SWIRL
VORTEX