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Video: Making a Reactive Silver Glass Raised Dot Bead

In this video I demonstrate how I create an encased silver glass bead with tiny raised dots on the surface.

With the right type of flame, the silver in the silver glass is brought to the surface of the bead causing it to develop a slightly metallic sheen. Once I see that sheen I quickly and carefully capture that luster beneath a layer of crystal clear glass.

After encasing, and shaping and smoothing the bead, I apply three rows of alternating dots with a silver glass stringer pulled thin.

It takes a steady hand to get the dots just right! 😀

Once applied, the raised glass dots are spun through the heat of the flame just enough to allow them to melt about half way down. If they were not melted in far enough the dots would be at risk of being popped off when worn. But melting them too far down can cause them to lose their dimension and disappear into the bead altogether. It’s a tricky balance between too much and too little heat.

I hope you enjoy watching me work at the torch! 🙂

Christina
CCGlassArt

Big Batch of NEW Lampwork Glass Charm Bracelet Beads on Etsy

Recently I said I was taking advantage of the cooler weather by torching as much as possible, and I wasn’t kidding! 😀 This large batch of new beads is the result of trying to beat the blazing heat that we’re experiencing now.

I’ve included several of my original encased murrini bead designs this time – plus some favorites from the past that have been popular with jewelry designers. This time I made them with a large, universal sized hole to fit the European style charm bracelets everyone loves so much (including me!).

These are available now on Etsy:

european charm bracelet beads, italian glass beads, murano beads, big hole beads, encased murrini beads, pandora beads, trollbeads, elf beads, biagi beads, chamilia beads, handmade glass beads

On a recent trip to Disneyland I discovered a Pandora bead store!!! I don’t know how long it’s been there, but now that I know about it, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing – haha! They have a spectacular selection of all things Pandora, but I was mainly interested in a few Disneyland exclusive designs. There’s a silver Minnie and Mickey bead I hope to be able to add to my collection in the future. For now, I’ve started with these two:

disney pandora beads, disneyland exclusive beads, charm bracelet beads, pandora beads

The one on the left is upside down, but it’s modeled after Mickey’s Fun Wheel (the ferris wheel) in the Disney California Adventure park. I love that ride! It has swinging cars which makes the ride so fun. Plus you get a fantastic view of the whole park when you’re at the top.

The bead on the right is the classic Mickey head design – I could be wrong, but I believe it was created to celebrate Disneyland’s Diamond anniversary (60 years this year). There’s a sparkly heart on the other side, too.

Till next time….   🙂

Big Hole Encased Murrini Beads – European Charms

Someone once told me that trees give the best display of color during the Fall after a very cold winter. I’m not sure if that’s true or not here in SoCal, but I have noticed that we are not getting much color from our trees this Fall, and we had a very mild winter last year. So maybe there is something to it…

Because I’m in Los Angeles I don’t really expect a gloriously colored Fall show – but there have been years when it has been so beautiful! The trees around here don’t really start changing much until November anyway, and it only lasts a couple weeks when it does occur.

Sadly, this year, it seems as though most trees are going directly from green to brown leaves 😦  I have heard rumors that this winter is supposed to be particularly cold – so while it may not be that much fun living through it, (although I do prefer cold weather to hot), at least I know it will be worth it next Fall 😀

Hard to think that far ahead when it’s still 88 degrees outside today :-\

In the meantime, here are some new encased murrini beads to brighten your day (which may not be all that sunny and warm in your neck of the woods). All beads are available now on Etsy! 🙂

Encased murrini big hold beads by CCGlassArt
Encased murrini big hold beads by CCGlassArt

Encased Murrini Beads for Fall

It’s hard to describe, but there is a distinct change in the air when Fall arrives here in SoCal.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re still having some way-too-hot-for-this-time-of-year days. But the change is happening. Those hot days are becoming less frequent and we are even having chilly mornings and evenings. I almost (not yet, but almost!) put my Uggs on when my feet were cold one morning this week. 😀

Did everyone catch the photo I posted on Facebook of my cute pup Yogi after he came back from the groomer yesterday? They always put him in a cute little bandana. Just thought I’d mention that…  🙂

Yogi

Since it was still so hot last week I was not able to get too many beads made. :-\

Available now on Etsy…:

CCGlassArt Beads

Purple Passion Beads

With the type of glass I use it is often tricky to find a wide selection of nice, rich purple colors. You usually have to get pretty creative layering different colors of glass to achieve the shades you’re after. This batch of beads was a challenge to see how much variation of purple I could get into each bead without repeating the same murrini too often.

This resulted in a nice mix of purple, violet, lilac, lavender and other colors that went nicely together such as amber, ivory and purple; aqua, indigo blue and purple, etc.

Unfortunately there aren’t many beads to choose from in this batch – not because of the issue with purple glass, but mainly because of our hot summer weather!

In years past I have taken the entire summer off from torching because it is nearly impossible to do when it’s 100+ degrees. Especially when you add on the heat coming off the torch, kiln, and bead warmer! And the older I get, the less tolerant I am of these conditions and would just rather hibernate in the air conditioning until the weather changes. 😀

But when you have a passion for making beads, and have new ideas that are nagging at you, it’s hard to wait out the heat. Our high summer temperatures typically last well into October and sometimes early November!

This summer has been no different heat-wise. But I have been trying to catch a cool-ish morning or two now and then so I can torch for at least a little while. This way I have some beads to share, as few as they may be…

These are available on Etsy. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking! 😀