Encased Murrini Coral Reef Glass Beads – NEW!

Everyone knows how much I love murrini – I love making them, and I love using them a lot in my lampwork bead designs. I even wrote a tutorial on how to make beautiful murrini!

Something I have been working on perfecting for the past year has been encasing murrini beneath a layer of crystal clear glass so that it resembles an underwater ocean scene. It started with my pier beads and has evolved into my new coral reef series beads which are more complex with many different elements in the design.

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. 😀

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

New Beads – Lampwork Sets & Focals

After enjoying some time off, and taking a creative detour for a while, I am finally back to making lampwork bead sets just for jewelry makers and collectors.

I have had so many new ideas and designs in my head just waiting to become a reality in glass. Here are some of the recent results:

(Some of these items have already sold on eBay but some are still available as well! Click here to view current eBay listings.)

Deep Sea Treasures - bead collection
Enchanted Sea Pearls - lampwork bead set
Enchanted Sea Pearls - lampwork bead set
Spring Meadow - bead collection
Spring Rain - focal

New Beads – Just Listed

This week’s beads feature designs in varying shades of one of my favorite colors – pink!

This “Black Opal” bead uses a fantastic technique generously shared with the entire lampworking community by Amber of Naos Glass. It uses fine silver foil and silver glass to create amazing colors like rich orange and honey with bright flashes of intense cobalt blue and violet.

Black Opal
"Black Opal" Large Hole Bead

In “Rosewood”, I used Rubino Oro (which gets its fuchsia hue from real gold!) over dark silver plum creating a lovely, soft mauve-rose shade. The hand blown, reactive silver glass shards layered on top add a unique organic element with the webbing effect created in the flame.

Rosewood Focal Bead
"Rosewood" Focal Bead

“Ruby Storm” is a large hole bead that has multiple facets of a deep rose-red colored glass with specially treated ‘Stormed’ stringer on top which creates the floating swirls.

Ruby Storm Large Hole Bead
"Ruby Storm" Large Hole Bead

With “Pink Dew”, fine silver mesh is encapsulated beneath a thick layer of crystal clear glass. Once the glass is super heated to a molten state the mesh pulls apart to create all the tiny silver beads you see in the photo. A great effect – and a stunning bead to have as an addition to your Pandora bead collection.

Pink Dew Large Hole Bead
"Pink Dew" Large Hole Bead

All beads are available now on eBay – just click the images above to visit my store 🙂

New Beads This Week

Though we’ve experienced some frigid temperatures in recent weeks, the past few days have been unseasonably, but wonderfully, warm and breezy. It is absolutely perfect weather that has me pining for Spring and all the beautiful flowers that come with it.

In the meantime I have been having a lot of fun creating some flowers out of glass. This week’s beads feature many pretty designs from 3 dimensional raised flowers to smooth and shiny encased designs as well.

All items are available for purchase now  – click the images below to visit my eBay store for more information 🙂

BOUQUET - Lampwork Bead Collection
CRYSTAL STORM - Lampwork Large Hole Pandora-Style Bead
HYDRANGEA - Lampwork Large Hole Pandora-Style Bead
SPRING FLOWERS - Lampwork Large Hole Pandora-Style Bead