Been a while…

…Since I’ve updated the blog!

My family and I took a much needed vacay to FL last month where we had lots of fun in the hot, hot (and humid!) sun at Walt Disney World 😀  We had always wanted to take the kids there and were finally able to do it (had to work a little business in at the beginning of the trip, but made sure there was plenty of time for the fun stuff afterward) 😉  Here are a couple pics from our trip:

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Once I got home, it took me a while to get back up into the swing of things. Especially when it came to making beads again. For one, I was all out of sterling silver tubing and it took some time to order it and wait for it to arrive. But just catching up with everything in life after a vacation takes time, ya know?

But now that I’ve got my mojo back and creativity flowing again I’ve got more beautiful beads to share. Some of the photos below were of beads I made before our trip – I am just now getting caught up listing them on the blog.

There may be a couple beads still available on Etsy from the batch I made since I’ve gotten back 😉

By the way, I always post new listings on Facebook but I know not everyone is on FB, or they don’t always see my postings. If you would like me to send out a personal email to you whenever I list beads, just send me a quick convo on Etsy with your request.

Encased Murrini European Charm Big Hole Beads

What could be trickier than encasing tiny murrini chips in a large round bead? Encasing tiny murrini chips in a much smaller charm bead!

Let me tell ya! I thought making regular sized, round encased murrini beads was tough…I had another thing coming trying to squeeze as many murrini chips as possible into a much smaller charm bead.

The large hole means much less ‘volume of glass’ can be applied to the surface since they’re meant to be small and worn on a charm bead bracelet (such as Pandora, Troll, Biagi, etc.)

I do love a good challenge – but I don’t think I breathe at all when I make one of these beads, LOL 😀

Besides the fun of making them, my most favorite thing about these beads is the fact that there is something new to look at from every angle. That just makes them so special, I think. 🙂

All beads have a solid sterling silver core, and are currently available on Etsy:

DEEP SEA Reef
LOW TIDE Reef
LOW TIDE Reef
SHELL REEF Pandora
SHELL REEF Pandora
TROPICAL Reef
TROPICAL Reef

Handmade Murrini & Underwater Aquarium Glass Beads

Even though making these beads takes a long time, a lot of work and concentration, (and can even be downright stressful at times!), they have become my all time favorite beads to make….thus far. 😉

No two of these beads are exactly the same so each of them is a one-of-a-kind, very special piece.

I build them murrini by murrini, rarely choosing the chips in advance. I like to be spontaneous and pick the murrini chips as I go along building the bead. Here’s a picture of the pile of murrini I have to choose from as I make a bead:

Murrini

I also regularly make new murrini to add to my stash of chips to choose from. Here are some recent designs I made (these are currently available on Etsy):

Coral Strands / Stamen Cane Murrini
Mountain Sunrise Murrini
Mountain Sunrise Murrini
Watercolors Murrini
Watercolors Murrini

 

Below are more encased murrini beads that were made in the past couple weeks. Many of them are still available on Etsy.

ANEMONE REEF
ANEMONE REEF
SUNRISE REEF
SUNRISE REEF
SHERBET REEF
SHERBET REEF
MONTEREY BAY REEF
MONTEREY BAY REEF
SILVER GLASS REEF
SILVER GLASS REEF
PINK REEF
PINK REEF
DEEP SEA REEF
DEEP SEA REEF
SHELL REEF
SHELL REEF

Coral Reef Encased Murrini Lampwork Beads

Another batch of my reef series encased murrini beads hot off the torch!

All available now on Etsy:

Bimini Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Bimini Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Paradise Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Paradise Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Pink Sand Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Pink Sand Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Port Royal Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Port Royal Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Starlight Crown - ornate focal bead
Starlight Crown – ornate focal bead
Sunset Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Sunset Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Treasure Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Treasure Reef – encased murrini bead necklace

The Obsession Returns – Encased Murrini Beads

Just when I thought I’d gotten tired of making these little gems, the obsession has struck again!

I usually like to make at least one or two of these types of beads to test new murrini and see how they look under encasement. The other day I was on a roll and made several – I still really enjoy making these beads! They are so challenging and in many ways they have a mind of their own, so the final result is always a bit of a surprise for me.

This week I have 5 new encased murrini beads, and 1 bubble crown bead. This bubble crown bead came out a little bigger than the ones I made before, it has 6 bubbles on top instead of 4, as well as an intricate swirled core of striped glass and shimmering dichroic. 😀

All beads are currently available on Etsy:

Avalon Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Avalon Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Cambria Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Cambria Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Carnival - glass bead pendant
Carnival – glass bead pendant
Great Barrier Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Great Barrier Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Pink Peony Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Pink Peony Reef – encased murrini bead necklace
Wailua Reef - encased murrini bead necklace
Wailua Reef – encased murrini bead necklace