Flowers & River Rocks

This week I followed a couple ‘creative rabbit-trails’ working in both organic and traditional floral design when making these lampwork glass beads.

I rediscovered my stash of glass frit which I used all the time when I first started lampworking a couple years ago. I had forgotten about how much variety and the unique color combinations you can achieve with it, especially when paired with fine silver foil. The reactions that happen in the flame are just magical to watch, as they appear right before your eyes – no waiting on the kiln fairies!

Glass frit and fine silver foil are abundant in this organic style bead collection:

River Rocks lampwork bead set
River Rock glass bead focal

After my frit fix, I had a floral design and a new color combination in my head I have been wanting to try. I made these 3D floral murrini but went back and forth trying to decide if I should encase the murrini or leave them dimensional on top.

That decision was made for me, however, as the base bead got a little too big to be fully encased again, so I added the murrini to the surface, partially melting them in, and loved the end result!

Sometimes the best beads come from happy accidents šŸ˜€

Sweet Pea round bead

Two New Bead Series – Luna & English Garden

Luna Series Bead

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 theĀ resultsĀ 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 reactionĀ with fine silver. It becomesĀ darker andĀ takes on a natural stone-like appearance.

This bead is available nowĀ starting at justĀ .99 cents! Click here to visitĀ 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 forĀ the handpulled vine cane that I wrapped around the beadĀ 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 beadĀ 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.

Click here to see this English Garden series beadĀ onĀ eBay now,Ā starting at just .99 cents.

Until next time,
CC
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