**NEW** Online Classes Coming Soon! Join the Waitlist…

encased murrini beads by Christina CatherineHello fellow glass enthusiastists!

First, I very much hope you are safe and sound and doing well during this challenging time.

If there can be any silver lining from having to stay home during this impossible situation, it may be that we now have an opportunity to discover (or rediscover) our creative side. 🙂

For me that means working toward getting back to the torch and once again making the lampwork glass art beads I love so much!

Our family recently moved and we are still in the process of setting up my new glass studio.

I am so excited because it will be better than ever – I can’t wait for it to be ready! I will finally have a completely dedicated space where I can dive into my passion for melting glass.

This new space will also allow me to offer a virtual LIVE class experience that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home studio!

*CLICK HERE TO GET ON THE WAITLIST FOR MY FIRST CLASS*

Once I am up and running, I plan to offer a 3 Day Workshop, through LIVE video, teaching how I make my very popular Encased Seascape Murrini Beads.

This class – taught in real time with the recordings included – will teach you a multitude of skills!

I will take you from those very first steps of creating the foundational elements – including making murrini cane as well as the other little details that go into these Beads – all the way through to encasing and finishing the final bead.

This is like getting all three of my tutorials, taught to you LIVE and step-by-step, in ONE 3-day class. 😀

Glass artists at any level can enjoy this Workshop!

Beginners will be challenged, and their skills will be stretched, taking them to the next level in their learning. While advanced artists will learn all my secrets, my methodology and will pick up several new skills they may not have had a chance to try yet.

These are my tried and true techniques that I have used to make my best-selling Encased Seascape Murrini Beads for over 10 years.

Everything will be broadcasted LIVE and will also be recorded so you can watch the videos again and again.

The content will be conveniently presented to you through a private Facebook group for students only so you will get the personal attention and one-on-one support that is vital to your success as a glass artist.

I greatly look forward to teaching you the skills I have honed since I started lampworking in 2008 through the wonders of today’s technology!

*To be notified of upcoming classes click here to join the Waitlist*

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly; info@ccglassart.com.

Thank you and many kind regards,

Christina C.
www.ccglassart.com

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Spring is here! The flowers are blooming…and so is a batch of NEW BEADS! :D

Hello! I hope this message finds you enjoying the first weeks of Spring and all the new flowers blooming! 😀

This has truly been one of the most glorious spring-times I can remember in all my years here in Sunny SoCal.

We had SO much rain this winter that the hills and mountains all around us are completely covered with thick carpets of green grass and beautifully colored wildflowers everywhere!

My family and I recently went out to visit a Poppy Reserve. They were experiencing a ‘Super Bloom’ this year and it was absolutely SPECTACULAR! The hills were exploding with bright orange flowers as far as the eye could see. Here is a photo I took of one particularly densely packed hillside…

 

california poppy reserve

All this color around me has inspired a new batch of beads, many with a floral theme. I finished most of them with silver, brass, or copper bead caps as well. I think the caps finish the beads so nicely making them perfect to wear all on their own, if you choose.

Here is the latest batch of beads available now on Etsy:

Encased murrini glass art beads

Thank you for looking!

Until next time,
Christina
http://www.ccglassart.etsy.com

NEW Beads March 2019 – small to large encased murrini big hole beads :-D

Hello fellow bead fans! I am pleased to bring you a new batch of Big Hole Beads – this time in varying sizes.

*Available Now in my Etsy Store!*

I worked hard to scale down my popular encased murrini beads to better fit in your charm bracelet ‘stacks’. I also made some in my usual Focal size as I know many of you like this size as a centerpiece on your bead bracelets.

I even scaled up my encased murrini beads a bit making a couple large size Focals for those who enjoy wearing these beads on a necklace!

In addition, you’ll see two dimensional sculptured glass beads made in my Feather design that I introduced some time back. I love the natural, organic style of these beads.

*Click here to view these beads now on Etsy…*

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Thank you for your interest in my beads!

Christina
CCGlassArt

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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:

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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:

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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….   🙂