Encased Floral & Murrini Glass Charm Beads

It’s that time of year again…when temperatures soar above 90 into the 100’s in my area. I know with that comes less time at the torch as the heat coming off all my equipment – on top of the temperature outside – makes torching pretty unbearable.

In the meantime I am trying to catch those cooler days that will be fewer and further between as we get closer to summer…

I’m still on a floral kick – it’s hard not to be when all the flowers are in bloom and looking so pretty around me! πŸ˜€

These beads are available now on Etsy:

handmade lampwork glass charm beads, european charm beads, charm bracelet beads, encased murrini beads, handmade italian glass beads, murano beads

Watercolor Big Hole Hand Made Glass Beads

I recently stumbled upon a neat trick that transforms simple colored glass frit into a washed watercolor effect on a reactive glass base! The technique produces translucent pools of color that take on a unique, one of a kind look with every bead. πŸ˜€

BOUGAINVILLEA – big hole bead
FLAMENCO – big hole bead
PAINTER’S PALETTE – big hole bead
ROSE GARDEN – big hole bead
SEA WIND – big hole bead

Here’s a bead I made using an old tried-and-true technique which always produces great results and a unique look – combining dark ivory glass with fine silver foil. It turns ordinary glass into what looks like natural stone.

ANCIENT STONE – big hole bead

Ready To Wear Lampwork Beads

The fun continues! I have spent the past few years creating lots of round beads so I’m still working my way through recreating many of those same bead designs, making them into my new Gazing Ball lampwork bead necklaces. And, as sometimes happens, inspiration hits and I end up creating new bead designs I hadn’t even thought of yet πŸ˜€

Here are this week’s ‘Gazing Ball’ lampwork glass bead pendant necklaces:

Blue Lotus – lampwork pendant necklace
Victorian Amethyst – lampwork bead pendant
Night Lilies – lampwork bead pendant
Glacier – lampwork bead pendant
Gilded Pearl – lampwork bead pendant
Cosmic Opal Teal – lampwork bead pendant

Lampwork Glass Bead Necklaces

I am having a ball making these glass pendant necklaces (pun intended ;-))!

Coronado Pier – Lampwork Bead Necklace
Hematite Orb – Lampwork Bead Necklace
Forget Me Nots – Lampwork Bead Necklace
Cosmic Opal – Lampwork Bead Necklace

Dot Designs in Glass

It’s amazing to me how something as simple as a dot can be transformed into so many different patterns and designs. Absolute perfect dot placement -when working with thin stringers- in glass is very difficult. So for me, I tend to gravitate toward designs that allow for a little more freedom such as flowers and other elements in nature.

This week I have another of my 3D encased dot flower focals along with something new, a dimensional encased dot fish!

Hydrangea Blossoms Bead Focal
Koi Pond Bead Focal