A New Year & New Lampwork Bead Sets

HaPpY NeW YeAr! ๐Ÿ˜€

I am still wondering how 2013 went by so fast! It really is true that the older you get the faster time goes by. I think I say this every New Years but I definitely need to start ‘smelling the roses’ more often so life doesn’t keep flying by… ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm, high 70’s to low-mid 80’s, torching is still tolerable at these temps. So I’ve been busy making new bead sets for my Etsy store.

Here is a peek at some of my latest creations:

LICHEN - bead pair
LICHEN – bead pair
METALLIC NUGGETS - bead set (8)
METALLIC NUGGETS – bead set (8)
POPPIES - bead set (5)
POPPIES – bead set (5)
SEA GRASS - bead set (5)
SEA GRASS – bead set (5)
WILD LILIES - bead set (5)
WILD LILIES – bead set (5)

“Godiva” Bead Collection

Who else on the west coast woke up at 2am to watch the Royal Wedding live on TV? I for one was not about to miss this historic event!

After all, I have such fond memories of waking up very early as a young girl to watch Princess Diana marry Prince Charles. I was thrilled my two daughters wanted to wake up at “o’dark hundred” to share this special occasion with me as well. I hope it is something they’ll never forget.

Sure, I could’ve recorded it and watched it later, but there is something about seeing it live with the rest of the world that was so exciting.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

I was really inspired by all the rich gold tones in Prince William’s uniform, the amazing decor of Westminster Abbey and in the beautiful wedding photos taken at Buckingham Palace. So much decadence!

I tried to capture that stunning opulence in this collection of beads named ‘Godiva’.

GODIVA bead set
GODIVA lampwork bead focal

“Moonstones” Lampwork Glass Beads

"Moonstones" glass bead set

This is a design of mine that I revisit every so often because I just love the way they look and they’re so much fun to make!

These beads are all made with the same glass ‘recipe’ which includes transparent glass, opaque glass and reactive silver glass.

However, even though they are each made the same way, every bead has its own unique look because of the technique I use.

With soft shades of pale aqua, light violet, seafoam and a subtle reflective iridescent finish – these beads are versatile enough to be combined with other beads, but also pretty and interesting enough to stand on their own in any jewelry design.

Luna Bead Set & Matching Focal

I went “to the moon and back” when I created these lampwork glass art beads! ๐Ÿ˜€ With an opaque black base and many specialty materials I created my interpretation of a lunar themed design in glass.

LUNA lampwork bead collection
LUNA glass bead focal

Monet’s Lilies

It’s been a long time since I used powdered glass enamels in my beads. Although messy to work with, I love the wispy look they give. Combined with a special technique where they are layered with frit and encased in clear they develop what I like to call a ‘watercolor effect’.

In these beads I used this technique with enamels and glass frit in shades of teal, soft green, blue and lavender. Being a fan of Monet’s paintings I couldn’t help but name these beads after his unique impressionistic style.

Monet's Lilies focal bead
Monet's Lilies round bead set