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! 😀

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

Ocean Themed Lampwork Beads

"Low Tide" round bead collection

Maybe it’s because I live in Southern California, or just an innate love of the ocean having grown up in and around it, but I am so often inspired to create ocean themed beads.

The color pallet of the ocean is so vast, you can use a wide range of hues to depict this theme. The ocean’s varying moods can be represented by everything from aqua and turquoise like the colors of the Caribbean Sea, to rich purples and amber which are reflected off the surface of the water at sunset.

The ocean can give creative minds so much artist expression to choose from. And I’m definitely no exception.

"Low Tide" bead focal

This week I have this collection of beads called Low Tide as the colors and design reminded me of all

the little pools of water and sea creatures you can find left behind among the rocks and sand once the tide goes out.

These beads are available now on eBay.

New Beads – Lampwork Sets & Focals

After enjoying some time off, and taking a creative detour for a while, I am finally back to making lampwork bead sets just for jewelry makers and collectors.

I have had so many new ideas and designs in my head just waiting to become a reality in glass. Here are some of the recent results:

(Some of these items have already sold on eBay but some are still available as well! Click here to view current eBay listings.)

Deep Sea Treasures - bead collection
Enchanted Sea Pearls - lampwork bead set
Enchanted Sea Pearls - lampwork bead set
Spring Meadow - bead collection
Spring Rain - focal

New Beads – Just Listed

This week’s beads feature designs in varying shades of one of my favorite colors – pink!

This “Black Opal” bead uses a fantastic technique generously shared with the entire lampworking community by Amber of Naos Glass. It uses fine silver foil and silver glass to create amazing colors like rich orange and honey with bright flashes of intense cobalt blue and violet.

Black Opal
"Black Opal" Large Hole Bead

In “Rosewood”, I used Rubino Oro (which gets its fuchsia hue from real gold!) over dark silver plum creating a lovely, soft mauve-rose shade. The hand blown, reactive silver glass shards layered on top add a unique organic element with the webbing effect created in the flame.

Rosewood Focal Bead
"Rosewood" Focal Bead

“Ruby Storm” is a large hole bead that has multiple facets of a deep rose-red colored glass with specially treated ‘Stormed’ stringer on top which creates the floating swirls.

Ruby Storm Large Hole Bead
"Ruby Storm" Large Hole Bead

With “Pink Dew”, fine silver mesh is encapsulated beneath a thick layer of crystal clear glass. Once the glass is super heated to a molten state the mesh pulls apart to create all the tiny silver beads you see in the photo. A great effect – and a stunning bead to have as an addition to your Pandora bead collection.

Pink Dew Large Hole Bead
"Pink Dew" Large Hole Bead

All beads are available now on eBay – just click the images above to visit my store 🙂

New Beads This Week

Though we’ve experienced some frigid temperatures in recent weeks, the past few days have been unseasonably, but wonderfully, warm and breezy. It is absolutely perfect weather that has me pining for Spring and all the beautiful flowers that come with it.

In the meantime I have been having a lot of fun creating some flowers out of glass. This week’s beads feature many pretty designs from 3 dimensional raised flowers to smooth and shiny encased designs as well.

All items are available for purchase now  – click the images below to visit my eBay store for more information 🙂

BOUQUET - Lampwork Bead Collection
CRYSTAL STORM - Lampwork Large Hole Pandora-Style Bead
HYDRANGEA - Lampwork Large Hole Pandora-Style Bead
SPRING FLOWERS - Lampwork Large Hole Pandora-Style Bead