I am loving these interchangeable bead pendants 😀 The are perfect for showcasing handmade lampwork by taking a bead from beautiful to wow! The best part is that you can mix and match your own beads on them to create a number of different looks just from one pendant.
This week I’ve added a couple new encasing murrini beads to Etsy, pairing two of them with an interchangeable bead pendant, along with one loose focal bead (which could be added to a bead pendant!) 😉
Besides making glass beads, another passion of mine is making decorative little murrini chips (also sometimes called millefiori). I use these in my own bead designs but end up making more than I can ever hope to use myself so I offer them to glass artists for use in their own glasswork.
I just added a few new murrini designs to my Etsy shop in pretty Spring and Summer colors!
*For those who would like to make their own murrini, don’t forget about my murrini tutorial also available on Etsy ;-D
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 –
Then I made some little murrini chips –
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:
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. 🙂
I recently bought a new silver glass that not only has fun and unique reactive properties, but also produces some of the most vivid and intense deep shades of cobalt, plum, teal and turquoise I have ever seen in glass.
I had so much fun using this glass in most of this week’s beads…
Summer may be winding down but the heat is cranking up where I live! While the rest of the country has seen some of the hottest weather we, here in SoCal, have been experiencing a fairly mild summer. Until now…. Typically, this time of year, we really get cooking all the way through October.
So even though Fall is just around the corner, I am still thinking of and inspired by the beach!
This week’s beads include my new ‘Pier’ series. These beads just reminded me of the pylons of a pier and all the little creatures that you can find attached to them:
Continuing with the sea life theme, I have two small round beads (perfect size for earrings!) featuring an organic design that reminded me of prickly sea urchins: