NEW Beads – 9/25/2020

Smokey Sun

Hello! Well, Fall is officially here but we’re still seeing temperatures in the 90’s and next week will be 100+! 😦

Unfortunately, there are also fires still raging in the distance and the smoke and ash are being blown into our area.

I took this photo one afternoon when the smoke turned the sun an eerie dark orange.

Handmade Glass Art Encased Murrini Marble Style Pendant BeadIt has definitely been a crazy summer in more ways than one!

Thank goodness for things like making beads. Being creative is very therapeutic and I’m so happy when I’m able to spend some time at the torch.

Even though the weather hasn’t changed much yet, I know the cooler weather is just around the corner!

Handmade Glass Art Encased Murrini Charm Bracelet BeadIn the meantime, I do have a few new beads available this week over on Etsy (the large marble-style bead has sold already).   Handmade Glass Art Encased Murrini Charm Bracelet BeadHandmade Glass Art Encased Murrini Charm Bracelet Bead Example of a handful of beads photographed in full sun

I made these during the last cool-ish days we had (when we were only around 90, haha!)

I am really enjoying revisiting some of my previous designs from the past. I call them Neptune’s Net for the embedded copper mesh.

I also am having so much fun making larger size marble/paperweight-style gazing ball pendants.

Unlike most of my charm bracelet beads, these round gazing ball beads have a small hole that can be threaded right onto any smooth chain that is about 2.5mm or smaller. I often string them on ball-chain since it has the stability to showcase these larger beads well and the glass doesn’t catch on the chain.

Another way to wear these marble style beads is to use a ‘Beadhopper’ pendant stick to display them vertically.

OR, you can do what I usually do and just leave them on your desk to look at all day long. Lol! 😀

 

Thank you for looking and have a wonderful day,

Christina
CCGlassArt

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NEW Beads – 8/5/2020

Hello, hello! I hope all is well with you and this message finds you in good health. 🙂

Bunny

Many of you know our family recently moved to a new home. Something we didn’t know until we moved in was how many rabbits there are everywhere! Occasionally I’ll wake up in the morning to see this little guy watching me through the window – haha! Good thing I don’t mind…

The past few days we’ve had a little break in the hot 100+ degree weather – which has been a welcome change!

To celebrate, I’ve put a few beads in my Etsy store on sale through the end of the month. You can find them here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/CCGlassArt

This week’s NEW beads include some fun glow-in-the-dark murrini that I made recently. I’ve been tucking these special murrini into some of my beads here and there. If you soak them in a bright light for a minute then go into a dark room they glow electric blue! 😮

Here’s my current collection of beads now available in the Lampwork Bead Market Facebook Group:

Handmade Lampwork glass art bead with encased murrini Handmade Lampwork glass art bead with encased murrini Handmade Lampwork glass art bead with encased murrini Handmade Lampwork glass art bead with encased murrini

 

Handmade Lampwork beads with encased murrini

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day,

Christina
CCGlassArt

Late Summer Rounded Bicone Lampwork Focals

Long time, no beads!

It has been one long, hot summer here in L.A. – and unfortunately, for us, it’s not over yet. In fact, we’ll get many more 100+ degree days until October or so.

Because of the heat, and because I just needed a break, I have been on a beadmaking hiatus. But, I have been inspired to get back to the torch lately so I was very lucky to catch a tolerably warm morning and make some new beads!

Here is the start of a new series of beads in a lovely new shape, a rounded bicone.

CALYPSO - lampwork focal bead
CALYPSO – lampwork focal bead
KEY WEST - lampwork focal bead
KEY WEST – lampwork focal bead
LEO CARRILLO - lampwork focal bead
LEO CARRILLO – lampwork focal bead
ROSARITO BEACH - lampwork focal bead pendant
ROSARITO BEACH – lampwork focal bead pendant

Handmade Lampwork Glass Cabochon Pendant Necklaces

Something brand new this week! Handmade lampwork glass cabochons bezel set into pendants 😀

The most wonderful thing about cabochons – as I have come to learn – is that you get all the beauty of a lampwork glass bead but in a shape that lies completely flat against the skin. They’re also a bit more lightweight than round glass beads of the same size so they’re very comfortable to wear.

It is a new way of thinking designing these cabochons because you only have 1 side to play with. So it becomes a bit of a challenge in some ways. But the end result is so worth it I think. Once they’re set in the pendant they look so beautiful! I hope you agree 😉

These two necklaces were just posted on Etsy.

SEA URCHINS - cabochon pendant necklace
SEA URCHINS – cabochon pendant necklace
Tempest
TEMPEST – cabochon pendant necklace

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