Encased Murrini European Charm Big Hole Beads

What could be trickier than encasing tiny murrini chips in a large round bead? Encasing tiny murrini chips in a much smaller charm bead!

Let me tell ya! I thought making regular sized, round encased murrini beads was tough…I had another thing coming trying to squeeze as many murrini chips as possible into a much smaller charm bead.

The large hole means much less ‘volume of glass’ can be applied to the surface since they’re meant to be small and worn on a charm bead bracelet (such as Pandora, Troll, Biagi, etc.)

I do love a good challenge – but I don’t think I breathe at all when I make one of these beads, LOL πŸ˜€

Besides the fun of making them, my most favorite thing about these beads is the fact that there is something new to look at from every angle. That just makes them so special, I think. πŸ™‚

All beads have a solid sterling silver core, and are currently available on Etsy:

DEEP SEA Reef
LOW TIDE Reef
LOW TIDE Reef
SHELL REEF Pandora
SHELL REEF Pandora
TROPICAL Reef
TROPICAL Reef

Mixing Glass & Metal

Something new for me lately is the combination of metal components with my lampwork beads.

I have been exploring making my own bead caps, experimenting with different metals and different techniques, and finally developed a way to stamp and finish them that works well with my bead designs.

So far I’ve been working mainly in brass and copper as I love the rich coloring of these metals, and the way they look when antiqued.

ABYSS – lampwork bead necklace
BARNACLES – lampwork bead necklace
CITY WALK – big hole charm bead
RUBINO FLOWERS – lampwork bead necklace
LOW TIDE – lampwork bead necklace
RIVER RAIN – big hole charm bead
URBAN – lampwork bead necklace

Watercolor Big Hole Hand Made Glass Beads

I recently stumbled upon a neat trick that transforms simple colored glass frit into a washed watercolor effect on a reactive glass base! The technique produces translucent pools of color that take on a unique, one of a kind look with every bead. πŸ˜€

BOUGAINVILLEA – big hole bead
FLAMENCO – big hole bead
PAINTER’S PALETTE – big hole bead
ROSE GARDEN – big hole bead
SEA WIND – big hole bead

Here’s a bead I made using an old tried-and-true technique which always produces great results and a unique look – combining dark ivory glass with fine silver foil. It turns ordinary glass into what looks like natural stone.

ANCIENT STONE – big hole bead

Summer To Fall – Pandora Style Beads

Officially it is Fall, although you’d never know it stepping outside into 95 degree heat, but it is here. I do notice a distinct chill in the air in the early mornings, though. That little bit of crispness that tells you the season is here (or almost here in our case).

I am SO ready for the weather to change and for that chill to be in the air all day long. I can’t wait to see the leaves change color (yes, where we live in SoCal they actually do that – something to do with it getting cold enough here in the Winter I think…)

I really can’t believe that the holidays are right around the corner though – how are we already here at this time of year again?! These days, I seem to have to make a special effort to slow my mind down so I am sure to enjoy everything and not let it all go by in a blur.

In the meantime, as I pine for Fall and prepare for the holidays, here are a few new Pandora-style beads to brighten your day:Β  πŸ˜‰

Barnacles – big hole bead
Blue Daisies – big hole bead
Happiness Is – big hole bead
Hydrangea Buds – big hole bead
Summer to Fall – big hole bead