Encased Flower Murrini Big Hole Beads

Maybe it’s the warmer weather (we were in the 90’s the other day!), but this week I was inspired to make a few large hole beads with my handmade flower murrini. These particular murrini are incredibly painstaking to make because they involve so many steps – but the results are worth it. When encased in clear glass they come alive and have so much detail and beauty. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them –

Available now on Etsy!

ARCTIC Reef
ARCTIC Reef
GARDEN Reef
GARDEN Reef
HAWAIIAN Reef
HAWAIIAN Reef
ROSE Reef
ROSE Reef
SAFARI Reef
SAFARI Reef
WAIKOLOA Reef
WAIKOLOA Reef

European Charm Beads – Encased Glass Murrini

I’m on a roll!

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ANEMONE REEF
ANEMONE REEF
CARNIVAL REEF
CARNIVAL REEF
CORAL REEF
CORAL REEF
MEADOW REEF 2
MEADOW REEF 2
HIGH TIDE REEF
HIGH TIDE REEF
TIDEPOOL REEF
TIDEPOOL REEF
MEADOW REEF
MEADOW REEF
MEADOW REEF 2
MEADOW REEF 2
RUBINO REEF 2
RUBINO REEF 2
RUBINO REEF
RUBINO REEF
SUNFLOWER REEF
SUNFLOWER REEF

 

 

Crazy For Dots – Lampwork Glass Beads

When not consumed with making encased murrini beads over the past year, I’ve been working to perfect my pulled dot beads. Thanks to a new tutorial I recently purchased I have ‘connected the dots’ (ha! :D), had a light bulb moment, and at last this technique finally clicked for me. Now, I have a new obsession… πŸ˜‰

On Etsy:

BEACHCOMBER - assorted bead collection
BEACHCOMBER – assorted bead collection
BEACHCOMBER - large round focal bead
BEACHCOMBER – large round focal bead
CUPCAKE - large round focal bead
CUPCAKE – large round focal bead
MERMAID'S GROTTO - large round focal bead
MERMAID’S GROTTO – large round focal bead
MINI CUPCAKE - round focal bead
MINI CUPCAKE – round focal bead
PETIT FOUR - round focal bead
PETIT FOUR – round focal bead

A Trip to Disneyland & New Beads

This time last week my family and I were at the happiest place on earth – Disneyland!Β  And, as commanded by every ‘cast’ member we encountered there, we truly had a *magical day* the entire time we were there. For us Disneyland is the perfect stay-cation getaway in SoCal! πŸ˜€

Here’s a quick peek at the view from our hotel room (notice Mickey in the shrubbery toward the bottom of the photo):

And here’s a picture of a Disney-cat! There are dozens of cats that live on the DL property year round.This little guy was just a kitten and curled up next to us by the pool one night. Such a cutie!

When I got home it was time to get back to work (never easy after a vacation) but inspiration struck and I came up with these new beads: πŸ˜€

BARNACLES – pendant necklace
GARDEN PARTY – pendant necklace
GODIVA – bicone focal
SWEETPEA – pendant necklace
TIDEPOOL – pendant necklace

Fabulous Glass Florals

Introducing a new bead series featuring floral designs with a hand-painted look in glass!

These designs take me back to my acrylic painting days. Using my own hand pulled encased stringers I carefully ‘paint’ the entire floral design petal by petal, leaf by leaf, onto the surface of the bead. It’s a painstaking process but I love the intricate and detailed results.

Here are the first few designs I’ve done:

California Poppy – set of 9 handmade beads
Purple Daisy – lentil focal bead
Marigold – lentil focal bead