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Video: Making a Reactive Silver Glass Raised Dot Bead

In this video I demonstrate how I create an encased silver glass bead with tiny raised dots on the surface.

With the right type of flame, the silver in the silver glass is brought to the surface of the bead causing it to develop a slightly metallic sheen. Once I see that sheen I quickly and carefully capture that luster beneath a layer of crystal clear glass.

After encasing, and shaping and smoothing the bead, I apply three rows of alternating dots with a silver glass stringer pulled thin.

It takes a steady hand to get the dots just right! 😀

Once applied, the raised glass dots are spun through the heat of the flame just enough to allow them to melt about half way down. If they were not melted in far enough the dots would be at risk of being popped off when worn. But melting them too far down can cause them to lose their dimension and disappear into the bead altogether. It’s a tricky balance between too much and too little heat.

I hope you enjoy watching me work at the torch! 🙂

Christina
CCGlassArt

Shimmering, Sparkling, Glittering, Handmade Artisan Glass Beads

I suppose with all the rain, cloudy skies, and gloomy weather we’ve been having off and on lately, (not that I’m complaining because we desperately need the rain), I guess I needed a little brightness in my life.

But not just a little glow or shine, I’m talking out-of-control shimmer and sparkle like you would not believe!

Ok, I admit it – I LOVE all things sparkly. So when the idea popped into my head to combine the sparkliest elements I had to work with (glitter and dichroic glass), it was only a matter of time before I made it happen.

The result is my new Mirrorball series! And while these look nice in photos, wait till you get them in direct sunlight – WOW! Sunglasses are recommended…haha 😀

I also have some of my encased murrini beads available this week, and even snuck a little more dichroic glass into them as well. What can I say, I was on a roll! 😉

All beads are available now on Etsy:

a collage of lampwork handmade artisan glass beads

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! 😮

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 1600° flame, a 850° rod warmer, and a 960° kiln when it’s over 100° 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! 😀

These beads are now available on Etsy:

artisan glass art charm beads by Christina Catherine of ccglassart

New Encased Glitter and Murrini Beads

It didn’t last long, but there was a short break in the sweltering heat of summer a couple weeks ago, and I was able to sneak in a torching session to make some new beads!

It had been almost 2 months since I last got to melt glass, and it was so nice to be back at it! But it was short lived… We are now up over 100 again, so I’ll keep hoping for another opportunity to make more beads. Keep your fingers crossed for me! 😀

Until then, here are the new beads. Some are still available on Etsy.

italian glass charm beads, murano glass beads

encased silver glitter charm bead, big hole bead
handmade murrini encased bead, brass bead caps

handmade glass big hole beads, european charm beads

Big Batch of NEW Lampwork Glass Charm Bracelet Beads on Etsy

Recently I said I was taking advantage of the cooler weather by torching as much as possible, and I wasn’t kidding! 😀 This large batch of new beads is the result of trying to beat the blazing heat that we’re experiencing now.

I’ve included several of my original encased murrini bead designs this time – plus some favorites from the past that have been popular with jewelry designers. This time I made them with a large, universal sized hole to fit the European style charm bracelets everyone loves so much (including me!).

These are available now on Etsy:

european charm bracelet beads, italian glass beads, murano beads, big hole beads, encased murrini beads, pandora beads, trollbeads, elf beads, biagi beads, chamilia beads, handmade glass beads

On a recent trip to Disneyland I discovered a Pandora bead store!!! I don’t know how long it’s been there, but now that I know about it, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing – haha! They have a spectacular selection of all things Pandora, but I was mainly interested in a few Disneyland exclusive designs. There’s a silver Minnie and Mickey bead I hope to be able to add to my collection in the future. For now, I’ve started with these two:

disney pandora beads, disneyland exclusive beads, charm bracelet beads, pandora beads

The one on the left is upside down, but it’s modeled after Mickey’s Fun Wheel (the ferris wheel) in the Disney California Adventure park. I love that ride! It has swinging cars which makes the ride so fun. Plus you get a fantastic view of the whole park when you’re at the top.

The bead on the right is the classic Mickey head design – I could be wrong, but I believe it was created to celebrate Disneyland’s Diamond anniversary (60 years this year). There’s a sparkly heart on the other side, too.

Till next time….   🙂