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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜€

CHRISTMAS BLISS - bead set
CHRISTMAS BLISS – bead set
HOLIDAY SPARKLE - bead focal
HOLIDAY SPARKLE – bead focal
NOEL - bead set
NOEL – bead set
CHRISTMAS SWEATER - bead focal
CHRISTMAS SWEATER – bead focal

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 πŸ™‚

Crocus lentil focal bead
Crocus round bead set

Floral Lampwork Glass Beads

It may not be Spring yet, but lately it sure feels like it! We’ve been hitting the mid-80’s in SoCal lately so I’ve been inspired to create more flower beads. πŸ˜€

Winter Whimsy - bead collection
Meadow Breeze - lampwork focal
Meadow Breeze - glass bead pair

Whimsical Glass Beads

Something I haven’t done in a long time is really let loose and follow my whim while making beads. In recent years I have strived for a lot of precision and intricate detail that requires careful, painstaking application – but I didn’t always make beads that way.

In the beginning, when I was simply exploring the possibilities of glass and experimenting with lots of different colors and techniques to find out what glass was capable of, I made a lot of beads like these.

It’s been refreshing to revisit these classic bead designs and colors. There is such freedom in allowing the glass to take you where it wants to go – instead of the other way around.

Winter Whimsy – lampwork bead collection

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