Christmas Beads With Encased Holiday Murrini

I don’t know about you, but I have been stunned by how fast Christmas came around this year! Where has the time gone? For some reason this year seems to have just zipped by. This might be a sign that I need to slow down and ‘smell the roses’ more often 😉

As it is I feel already late in getting these Christmas beads up. It didn’t help that my bead kiln just broke down on me and I have to wait on a part from the manufacturer to fix it. Thankfully my old, big kiln worked and I was still able to get these beads done this week. Otherwise, I think it really would’ve been too late to make them in time for Christmas this year had I waited much longer.

So here they are – whew! – my encased holiday murrini Christmas beads 😀

HOLIDAY SPARKLE - bead focal
HOLIDAY SPARKLE – bead focal
NOEL - bead set
NOEL – bead set

Lavender Flowers in Settings of Silver & Gold

Just when we thought Spring was on its way, we got hit with another cold front. We were so enjoying the mid-80’s temperatures when the weather turned and now we’re back in the 50’s with rain in the forecast. I realize we Californian’s are weather-wimps and are spoiled by lots of great weather most the year – so I am not complaining….too much ;-D

Here is another floral focal and round bead set. I do not see myself tiring of this design anytime soon. Flowers have always made me happy 🙂

Crocus lentil focal bead
Crocus round bead set

Pandora / Troll Style Big Hole Glass Beads

One of my goals this year has been to challenge myself with new designs I haven’t done before, or bring back designs I haven’t done in a long time.

It began with creating more florals in glass, and is continuing with making large hole beads that fit those popular European bracelets like Pandora, Biagi, Troll, etc.

I have made this style bead in the past but did not have the special tools needed to professionally line the large holes with solid sterling silver coring for that really beautiful, jeweler’s finish – but now I do!

Introducing my new line of Pandora-style glass beads fully lined from end to end with genuine sterling silver tubing:

‘Safari’ Pandora-style bead trio
‘Sweetheart’ Pandora-style large hole bead

Mardi Gras Beads

As soon as these beads came out of the kiln I knew exactly what they should be named – Mardi Gras! This week’s beads include my new encased florals which I am having so much fun making. I used rich colors of amethyst, burnt orange, and yellow ochre glass with touches of soft green.

Mardi Gras focal bead
Mardi Gras spacer beads
Mardi Gras round bead pair

Organic & Ornate Lampwork Beads

This week I was inspired to include reflective silver and gold elements in both rustic organic and shiny ornate bead designs.

Drops of Jupiter organic bead set
Honeysuckle round bead focal
Honeysuckle round bead pair