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Well, I might be a little ‘late to the party’, but better late than never, right? Lol! ๐Ÿ˜€

handmade lampwork glass art murrini beadsYou can now find CCGlassArt on the ‘IG’ and I would absolutely love it if you would join me there.

Little by little I’m uploading lots of my bead photos, and will upload some videos there too…if I can figure out how to do that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that the weather has cooled down I am gearing up to get back to the torch. I have so many new ideas for designs, I can’t wait! I need to make a few adjustments to my current torch set-up first, but once that’s done I’ll be good-to-go.

As always, I will keep you updated with any news and soon, some new beads to show.

Thank you for your continued support (and patience) while I found my inspiration to make beautiful beads again.

Christina
CCGlassArt

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NEW Encased Glass Murrini Beads on Etsy!

Looooong time, no beads! Yep – I know it’s been a while since I last posted some new beads. Maybe even 5 or 6 months – yikes! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

This happened for a few different reasons… First, it was blazing hot at the end of last summer. And our hot weather lasts well into October. I fully admit to being a hot-weather-wimp. Torching next to a 1600ยฐ flame, a 850ยฐ rod warmer, and a 960ยฐ kiln when it’s over 100ยฐ outside is downright miserable for me.

Then, we rearranged my glass studio area, and it took several months to get the new area all set up with a much improved, and more powerful ventilation system. Then came the holidays…and well, it just took a long time to get things back up to speed – what can I say? :-\

The downside is that I missed a few months of really good torching weather when it was nice and cool – and now the temperatures have already climbed back up into the high 80’s, low 90’s.

But, the good news is – that I am bursting at the seams with ideas and designs for new murrini, and new beads after being away for so long!

Sitting back down at the torch to make this new batch of beads was great fun. It’s good to know I haven’t lost my ‘mojo’, and I have renewed energy to make even more pretties! ๐Ÿ˜€

These beads are now available on Etsy:

artisan glass art charm beads by Christina Catherine of ccglassart

Murrini Application on White Glass Video

Here’s another YouTube video I made while testing murrini. Whenever I make murrini I always test it on white glass to see a true representation of the colors. Also it helps me to see how the murrini behaves in the flame and when applied.

Here are some pictures of the murrini I used during the video after kiln annealing –

There is no speaking or teaching in this video, it is just a demonstration for entertainment purposes only.*

*Because this video is only a demonstration for entertainment purposes, and not for instruction as a tutorial, I will not be offering any advice or information as to the colors, tools or techniques I use. If you learn something new, that’s great! But the video is really just for your enjoyment.

Disclaimer: please do not attempt these techniques unless you are well skilled in working with molten glass in an open flame – if you do try these techniques you assume all responsibility for the outcome of your efforts and agree that you are aware of and will comply with any and all safety precautions associated with making glass beads including but not limited to proper ventilation of your work environment, wearing safety glasses and appropriate clothing, use of an open flame, working with hot glass, being careful around sharp glass, etc., etcโ€ฆ CCGlassArt cannot be held responsible for any negative results you may incur attempting these techniques.

Murrini Overload!

Is there really such a thing as too much murrini, though? Not in my world! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

I recently had to upgrade to a bigger tray to hold my ever-growing murrini collection:

Murrini Collection

I usually begin every torching session by making a new batch of murrini. This is part warm-up, part ‘feeding the obsession’ – hehe. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  I also like to keep my bead designs fresh and new so I’m constantly making more murrini to use in my beads.

Problem is (if you can call it a problem…) I always end up with wayyy more murrini in a single design or color than I’ll ever be able to use myself since each batch of murrini makes so many chips! Sometimes I will list my de-stash on Etsy. Other times I just keep it all for myself… ๐Ÿ˜€

I do try and put all the murrini I make to good use, however. Below are this week’s beads featuring some new murrini I made.

(Note: for the record, I do occasionally buy murrini from other talented glass artists as well – I love using it too much and too often to ever be able to make so many different murrini designs myself! One of my favorite glass artists, Lori & Kim, make some of the most unique murrini in such beautiful colors and fun patterns which I love to use in my beads. But the majority of the murrini I use in my beads are ones I’ve made myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Some of these beads are still available on Etsy:

Harbor Mist Reef
Harbor Mist Reef
Key West Reef
Key West Reef
Lanai Reef
Lanai Reef
Low Tide Reef
Low Tide Reef
Morocco Reef
Morocco Reef
Pacific Reef
Pacific Reef
Flower Reef
Flower Reef
Pink Shell Reef
Pink Shell Reef
Point Dume Reef
Point Dume Reef
Rubino Reef
Rubino Reef
Sand Reef
Sand Reef
Sea Mist Reef
Sea Mist Reef

Coral Reef Encased Murrini Lampwork Beads

Another batch of my reef series encased murrini beads hot off the torch!

All available now on Etsy:

Bimini Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Bimini Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Paradise Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Paradise Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Pink Sand Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Pink Sand Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Port Royal Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Port Royal Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Starlight Crown - ornate focal bead
Starlight Crown – ornate focal bead
Sunset Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Sunset Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Treasure Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Treasure Reef – encased murrini bead necklace