Recent Beads & New Lampwork Murrini

With the kids back in school this month has gone by in a blur. So this is a ‘catch up’ post to share all the glassy things I’ve been making lately…and then some.

Let’s start with beads –

Balboa Pier round bead
Big Sur bead collection
Big Sur focal bead

Then I made some little murrini chips –

Cornucopia murrini chips
Retro murrini
Golden Harvest murrini

As a final note – I finally got my first ‘big girl’ camera…something I have been wanting for many years. I love photography and as I get older capturing memories seems to be even more important.

My kids have been fairly cooperative as I take pictures of anything and everything I see, including them.

But one member of my family wants nothing to do with my new toy:

Our dog Pearl

Somehow I’ve got to get her used to it because she is one of my favorite things to take pictures of! Hopefully she’ll come around and enjoy getting her picture taken…with any luck it’ll be before her next trip to the groomer (which will be soon) because she looks so adorable afterward. I just won’t be able to resist snapping a few pic’s of her all dolled up. 🙂

Stargazer Lilies & Beach Walk Beads

It has been the hottest weeks of the summer so far and therefore my time at the torch has become extremely limited. Thankfully, I was able to complete some beads before the heat wave hit! But until things cool down, I will have to commit all my new beady ideas to paper.

Until then, enjoy this week’s beads – I’ll have some new ones next week too, but after that…it’s up to ‘mother nature’.

Beach Walk round beads
Stargazer Lilies bead trio

Z-99 Frit Beads

I am having SO much fun making beads with this fabulous, and rare, Z-99 glass frit which is no longer in production. It’s vibrant purple, periwinkle and violet colors have me mesmerized!

When it’s gone, it’s gone – so I’m making the most of my time with it while it lasts. 😉

Arctic Lilies bead pair
Hermosa Pier large round bead
Lily Meadow bead pair

Organic & Ornate Lampwork Beads

This week I was inspired to include reflective silver and gold elements in both rustic organic and shiny ornate bead designs.

Drops of Jupiter organic bead set
Honeysuckle round bead focal
Honeysuckle round bead pair

Mini Sets – Lampwork Glass Beads

As much as I love spending time creating an entire set of several coordinating beads it is also fun to make ‘mini sets’ which allows me to switch gears creatively more quickly.

These mini sets were so much fun to make!

Desert Rose lampwork bead set
Shimmering Sand bead pair