Spring is here! The flowers are blooming…and so is a batch of NEW BEADS! :D

Hello! I hope this message finds you enjoying the first weeks of Spring and all the new flowers blooming! πŸ˜€

This has truly been one of the most glorious spring-times I can remember in all my years here in Sunny SoCal.

We had SO much rain this winter that the hills and mountains all around us are completely covered with thick carpets of green grass and beautifully colored wildflowers everywhere!

My family and I recently went out to visit a Poppy Reserve. They were experiencing a ‘Super Bloom’ this year and it was absolutely SPECTACULAR! The hills were exploding with bright orange flowers as far as the eye could see. Here is a photo I took of one particularly densely packed hillside…

 

california poppy reserve

All this color around me has inspired a new batch of beads, many with a floral theme. I finished most of them with silver, brass, or copper bead caps as well. I think the caps finish the beads so nicely making them perfect to wear all on their own, if you choose.

Here is the latest batch of beads available now on Etsy:

Encased murrini glass art beads

Thank you for looking!

Until next time,
Christina
http://www.ccglassart.etsy.com

New Flamework Glass Charm Beads on Etsy

We’re enjoying some much needed showers today here in usually-sunny-Socal! πŸ˜€

It’s the perfect time to list some new beads, right? Or, go make hot cocoa….Β  beads first, though! πŸ˜‰

handmade glass charm beads, murano beads, italian glass beads, bracelet beads

Thanks for looking!

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! πŸ˜€ 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….Β Β  πŸ™‚

Encased Floral & Murrini Glass Charm Beads

It’s that time of year again…when temperatures soar above 90 into the 100’s in my area. I know with that comes less time at the torch as the heat coming off all my equipment – on top of the temperature outside – makes torching pretty unbearable.

In the meantime I am trying to catch those cooler days that will be fewer and further between as we get closer to summer…

I’m still on a floral kick – it’s hard not to be when all the flowers are in bloom and looking so pretty around me! πŸ˜€

These beads are available now on Etsy:

handmade lampwork glass charm beads, european charm beads, charm bracelet beads, encased murrini beads, handmade italian glass beads, murano beads

New Underwater Aquarium Style Encased Murrini Focal Beads

One man’s ‘rut’ is another man’s ‘obsession’ – I can’t tell which it is for me, but I am loving making these encased murrini beads!

When I started making these beads a few years ago they were just a way to test my murrini to see how they’d look under a clear encasement. Now they have developed into little colorful kaleidoscopes of varying shapes and designs which I just can’t get enough of.

Opening the kiln the next day after making these beads is truly like Christmas morning because only then do I see all the true colors and reactions from the glass come to life. It is quite addicting πŸ˜‰

Here are this week’s encased murrini beads:

Coral Sand Reef - focal bead
Coral Sand Reef – focal bead
Deep Sea Reef - focal bead
Deep Sea Reef – focal bead
Encinitas Reef - focal bead
Encinitas Reef – focal bead
Pink Sand Reef - focal bead
Pink Sand Reef – focal bead
Waikaloa Reef - focal bead
Waikaloa Reef – focal bead
Waimea Bay Reef - focal bead
Waimea Bay Reef – focal bead