More Swirled Core Marble Beads With Murrini

I made a few more of these in pretty colors of peridot green, and fuchsia pink (which comes from Rubino Oro glass). I also made one that is swirled with different silver glasses for a more opaque look but with multiple colors running throughout the design. I even embedded some sparkling cubic zirconia stones to catch the light! πŸ˜€

All beads currently on Etsy:

Pretty In Pink - marble focal bead
Pretty In Pink – marble focal bead
Spring Breeze - marble focal bead
Spring Breeze – marble focal bead
Whirlpool - marble focal bead
Whirlpool – marble focal bead

New Swirled Core Marble Beads With Murrini

Learning new techniques then mastering them is what keeps me having fun with glass! πŸ˜€

I’ve been involved with many crafts and hobbies over the years, from soapmaking to acrylic painting, and while I’ve enjoyed them all there was a point where I felt I learned all there was to know about it.

For me, I love the challenge of learning new skills then practicing over and over till I get great results. Working with glass, I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of learning all there is to know in this medium. There is so much to it and so many different places you can go with it.

I recently learned a new technique which combines swirls of transparent and opaque glass with hair fine stringer and multiple layers of crystal clear glass which greatly adds to the inner illusion of the twisted core.

Of course, I couldn’t help myself by adding some murrini to the surface of the beads πŸ˜‰

All beads are now available on Etsy:

Afternoon Breeze – large round focal bead
Arctic Sea - large round focal bead
Arctic Sea – large round focal bead

I also made a couple encased murrini beads which include some of my new flower shaped murrini (to be listed on Etsy soon):

Sunny Meadow - round focal bead
Sunny Meadow – round focal bead
Avonlea - round focal bead
Avonlea – round focal bead

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

Dot Designs in Glass

It’s amazing to me how something as simple as a dot can be transformed into so many different patterns and designs. Absolute perfect dot placement -when working with thin stringers- in glass is very difficult. So for me, I tend to gravitate toward designs that allow for a little more freedom such as flowers and other elements in nature.

This week I have another of my 3D encased dot flower focals along with something new, a dimensional encased dot fish!

Hydrangea Blossoms Bead Focal
Koi Pond Bead Focal