Watercolor Big Hole Hand Made Glass Beads

I recently stumbled upon a neat trick that transforms simple colored glass frit into a washed watercolor effect on a reactive glass base! The technique produces translucent pools of color that take on a unique, one of a kind look with every bead. 😀

BOUGAINVILLEA – big hole bead
FLAMENCO – big hole bead
PAINTER’S PALETTE – big hole bead
ROSE GARDEN – big hole bead
SEA WIND – big hole bead

Here’s a bead I made using an old tried-and-true technique which always produces great results and a unique look – combining dark ivory glass with fine silver foil. It turns ordinary glass into what looks like natural stone.

ANCIENT STONE – big hole bead

Mini Sets – Lampwork Glass Beads

As much as I love spending time creating an entire set of several coordinating beads it is also fun to make ‘mini sets’ which allows me to switch gears creatively more quickly.

These mini sets were so much fun to make!

Desert Rose lampwork bead set
Shimmering Sand bead pair

Flowers & River Rocks

This week I followed a couple ‘creative rabbit-trails’ working in both organic and traditional floral design when making these lampwork glass beads.

I rediscovered my stash of glass frit which I used all the time when I first started lampworking a couple years ago. I had forgotten about how much variety and the unique color combinations you can achieve with it, especially when paired with fine silver foil. The reactions that happen in the flame are just magical to watch, as they appear right before your eyes – no waiting on the kiln fairies!

Glass frit and fine silver foil are abundant in this organic style bead collection:

River Rocks lampwork bead set
River Rock glass bead focal

After my frit fix, I had a floral design and a new color combination in my head I have been wanting to try. I made these 3D floral murrini but went back and forth trying to decide if I should encase the murrini or leave them dimensional on top.

That decision was made for me, however, as the base bead got a little too big to be fully encased again, so I added the murrini to the surface, partially melting them in, and loved the end result!

Sometimes the best beads come from happy accidents 😀

Sweet Pea round bead