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Video: Making a Reactive Silver Glass Raised Dot Bead

In this video I demonstrate how I create an encased silver glass bead with tiny raised dots on the surface.

With the right type of flame, the silver in the silver glass is brought to the surface of the bead causing it to develop a slightly metallic sheen. Once I see that sheen I quickly and carefully capture that luster beneath a layer of crystal clear glass.

After encasing, and shaping and smoothing the bead, I apply three rows of alternating dots with a silver glass stringer pulled thin.

It takes a steady hand to get the dots just right! 😀

Once applied, the raised glass dots are spun through the heat of the flame just enough to allow them to melt about half way down. If they were not melted in far enough the dots would be at risk of being popped off when worn. But melting them too far down can cause them to lose their dimension and disappear into the bead altogether. It’s a tricky balance between too much and too little heat.

I hope you enjoy watching me work at the torch! 🙂

Christina
CCGlassArt

More Bubble Crown Beads

I sense another addiction coming on! 😮  LOL!

These little beauties are so fun to make – I have so many variations for these swimming around in my mind. Can’t wait for some more torch time to experiment 😀

Click on the links below to be taken to Etsy for a detailed description about each bead.

Pink Frosting - bubble bead
Pink Frosting – bubble bead
Rosarita - bubble bead
Rosarita – bubble bead
Tidepool - bubble bead
Tidepool – bubble bead
White Daisies - bubble bead
White Daisies – bubble bead

Spring Meadow, Fallen Feather Bead Set & Kailua Reef Encased Murrini Bead

Though I love a good storm, and we definitely needed the rain, this storm brought with it chilly temperatures I thought we’d seen the last of a couple months ago. So I was inspired to make these beads which all reminded me of the warmer weather to come. 🙂

Just added to Etsy today:

FALLEN FEATHER - bead set
FALLEN FEATHER – bead set
KAILUA REEF - round focal bead
KAILUA REEF – round focal bead
SPRING MEADOW - bead collection
SPRING MEADOW – bead collection

Lampwork Beads with Antique Scrolls

The older I get the more I appreciate and am drawn to older things. They remind me of an era gone by and seem to hold so much more value than something brand new since they are already well used.

With this new scroll design, I have tried to recreate that antique feel and old-fashioned look of yesteryear. I look forward to incorporating this pattern into many more of my beads! 🙂

Antique Scrolls Oval Bead

Purple Passion Beads

I love purple as well all shades and variations of purple such as lilac, violet, and periwinkle.

In glass there doesn’t seem to be a huge variety to choose from in these shades so in order to make the most of it I have to find creative accents to help bring out all these rich and vivid tones.

Here are this week’s beads, featuring lots of purple in varying hues (and some pretty blue, teal and aqua shades too):

Arctic Lilies bead set
Italian Marble bead set
Wild Lavender bead set