Mini Sets – Lampwork Glass Beads

As much as I love spending time creating an entire set of several coordinating beads it is also fun to make ‘mini sets’ which allows me to switch gears creatively more quickly.

These mini sets were so much fun to make!

Desert Rose lampwork bead set
Shimmering Sand bead pair

“Sea Jewels” Lampwork Glass Bead Set

Sea Jewels lampwork bead set

It’s been weeks since we’ve enjoyed our traditionally sunny weather SoCal is so famous for. Instead, we’ve been under a dense and chilly cloud cover for much too long!

But, as usually happens, it helps me be inspired to create. So there is a plus side! ūüėÄ

When it’s overcast different colors are seen at the beach and in the ocean. All the hues are softened, and much more muted than when they’re under direct sunlight.

This glass bead set “Sea Jewels” captures the recent mood of the weather at the beach here in not-so-sunny SoCal. ūüėČ

“Cabaret” Glass Bead Collection & Focal

I have a tendency to gravitate toward more muted, natural colors most of the time, but every now and then I like to do something different with a color I haven’t worked with in a while.

This time the color was a beautiful soft cherry. I love this color glass because it’s not too bright and it’s more of a blue-based red, rather than a tomato-y orange based red.

Speaking of blue, this is one of red’s most complimentary colors so I incorporated bits of it into this set with some reactive silver glass.

"Cabaret" lampwork bead collection
"Cabaret" glass bead focal

From The Serengeti To Neptune’s Net

It feels like I’ve been particularly busy this week making beads – which is fine by me since I love it so much! I believe a lot of my enthusiasm has to do with working with the style of beads you see. These are more organic and freeform in nature, yet all the random colors and patterns are captured within a perfect round shaped bead. This contrast of design is something I am drawn to making again and again.

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SerengetiSERENGETI:  Lots of sparkle, shine and reactions going on in this bead. The glittering goldstone stringer against the deep topaz glass, shiny silver, and multicolored glass shards reminded me of the Serengeti plains in Africa at twilight.




NorthshoreNORTHSHORE:¬† I’m sure you can tell right away why I named this bead after a popular surf spot in Hawaii. The reactive glass shards I used here bloomed into this wave-like shape with bright ocean colors.




NefertitiNEFERTITI:  When working with this bead I initially had a completely different name in mind for it. But once I took the bead out of kiln the bead had come to life with so many richer colors than I expected. Also, the shape of the shards looked very egyptian to me, even resembling the famous bust of Nefertiti herself.




FeatherFEATHER:  With the deep raking and the wispy streaks of color that developed in the reactive silver glass, the name Feather just suited this bead perfectly.





Neptunes NetNEPTUNE’S NET:¬† It is so much fun to watch some of these reactive glasses come to life in the flame! The interaction between the base glass and the silver glass in this bead, produced this beautiful net-like pattern. With its pale¬†carribbean blue color, I thought the name Neptune’s Net was fitting.




NapaNAPA:¬† This bead has a base of deep, rich true eggplant colored glass which is just beautiful against the reactive glass shards which developed into shades of celadon, chartreuse, aqua and teal. As if that wasn’t enough, the eggplant base glass peeked through the reactive glass creating what looked to me like little clusters of grapes, hence the name NAPA after Napa Valley, CA.



PersimmonPERSIMMON:¬† Here’s another bead that I originally had planned to name something different until I removed it from the kiln. The colors in this bead range from a true persimmon, to a light apricot and a soft coral. Set against a creamy light ivory background makes this bead especially beautiful in it’s simplicity.



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Until next time,

Two New Bead Series – Luna & English Garden

Luna Series Bead


The technique used in this bead causes fantastic reactions when certain types of glass are layered with fine silver foil.

The top half of this bead shows the results with varying shades of bright blue, soft greens and teals and even light purple.

I also incorporated dark ivory glass which has its own unique reaction with fine silver. It becomes darker and takes on a natural stone-like appearance.

This bead is available now starting at just .99 cents! Click here to visit this eBay auction.

English Garden Series Bead - PansyENGLISH GARDEN SERIES BEAD

I enjoy creating flowers from glass whenever I can. Especially during this time of year when inspiration is plentiful.

I’ve been working more and more with enamels, which is a finely ground glass powder. This product is carefully applied for a wispy, watercolor effect and then heated to a high gloss finish.

Shades of teal blue and green enamel set the stage for the handpulled vine cane that I wrapped around the bead for a stem and background.

Tiny 3 petal dot flowers are slowly melted in flush with the surface, then I added a raised pansy flower on top of the bead in a transparent deep purple glass with a dark blue dot in the center.

The name for this bead series came easily. As the wistful colors and application of glass instantly reminded me of the random beauty you can see in a typical English-style garden setting.

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Until next time,