Handmade Floral Lampwork Glass Beads & California Poppies

With the first day of Spring last week, it’s no coincidence that this week’s batch of beads is full of floral designs! Flowers are one of my favorite designs to create. I taught acrylic painting classes for years and painted nothing but flowers so I naturally gravitate toward them. Especially now that all the flowers are in bloom here in SoCal – I’m so inspired!

Over the weekend we took a drive up north to the California Poppy Reserve. Unfortunately, our timing wasn’t so great. While the Reserve had the densest flowering of poppies this year that it’s seen in over a decade, the week before we had a sudden heat wave with temperatures in the 90’s. Sadly, the poppies were not strong enough to withstand the heat, and almost the entire crop died in just a few days 😦

So, although not the breathtaking ‘wall to wall’ display of bright orange it had been just a week before – the Reserve was still a lovely sight to see with its rolling hills of green and a few areas of wildflowers. Here’s one of my favorite photos from our trip…

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I foresee a poppy colored bead in my future! 😀

Until then, enjoy these new beads available now on Etsy:

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Fabulous Glass Florals

Introducing a new bead series featuring floral designs with a hand-painted look in glass!

These designs take me back to my acrylic painting days. Using my own hand pulled encased stringers I carefully ‘paint’ the entire floral design petal by petal, leaf by leaf, onto the surface of the bead. It’s a painstaking process but I love the intricate and detailed results.

Here are the first few designs I’ve done:

California Poppy – set of 9 handmade beads
Purple Daisy – lentil focal bead
Marigold – lentil focal bead

Encased Glass Flower Drop Pendants

With Fall approaching I thought these pendants would be pretty with some soft colors reflecting the season. Maybe if wish for it hard enough Fall will come early for us this year! 😀 It’s definitely a lot cooler in the mornings but by mid afternoon we’re still reaching the high 90’s 😦

Harvest Flower – drop pendant necklace
Hyacinth – drop pendant necklace
Sunflower Bud – drop pendant necklace