Dog & Cat Murrini (& More!) Bead Necklaces

I was able to catch a cool day recently so I hopped on the torch and made these fun beads for my Gazing Ball pendant necklaces. I had been away from the torch for so long and it felt great to be able to get back to it! πŸ˜€

I am checking the weather report daily hoping for another break in this heat to be able to play with glass again πŸ™‚

For now, here is the latest batch just listed on Etsy:

CAROUSEL
SECRET GARDEN
PRETTY KITTY
IRIDESCENT MOON
GOOD DOG
GILDED RUBY

Organic Lampwork

One of my most beloved styles of glasswork is ‘organic’. Simply put, organic design refers to a more free-form approach to bead making, allowing the materials themselves to dictate placement without getting too fussy over a perfect end result. At least that’s my definition of organic bead making.

In a nutshell, it just means allowing the glass to do its own thing. I’d say the biggest challenge with organic design is to know when enough is enough. Although, I am the first to admit sometimes I go overboard when the reactions I’m getting are just so spectacular that I think more is more. πŸ˜‰

Either way, organic lampwork bead design is something I find myself gravitating back to time and again.

Gilded Berries – Rubino Oro large round beads
Low Tide – assorted bead collection

Spring Bouquet Lampwork Bead

My daughter just told me that today is the first day of Spring! I thought for sure it was in April – but it is indeed today. I find this so funny because when I named and listed this bead on eBay I thought I was just pining for Spring, I didn’t realize it was already here – LOL! πŸ˜€

I will consider my timing kismet πŸ˜‰Β  Now if the weather would just catch up…

Spring Bouquet dimensional floral focal bead

Floral Lampwork Glass Beads

It may not be Spring yet, but lately it sure feels like it! We’ve been hitting the mid-80’s in SoCal lately so I’ve been inspired to create more flower beads. πŸ˜€

Winter Whimsy - bead collection
Meadow Breeze - lampwork focal
Meadow Breeze - glass bead pair

Whimsical Glass Beads

Something I haven’t done in a long time is really let loose and follow my whim while making beads. In recent years I have strived for a lot of precision and intricate detail that requires careful, painstaking application – but I didn’t always make beads that way.

In the beginning, when I was simply exploring the possibilities of glass and experimenting with lots of different colors and techniques to find out what glass was capable of, I made a lot of beads like these.

It’s been refreshing to revisit these classic bead designs and colors. There is such freedom in allowing the glass to take you where it wants to go – instead of the other way around.

Winter Whimsy – lampwork bead collection