Christmas Beads With Encased Holiday Murrini

I don’t know about you, but I have been stunned by how fast Christmas came around this year! Where has the time gone? For some reason this year seems to have just zipped by. This might be a sign that I need to slow down and ‘smell the roses’ more often πŸ˜‰

As it is I feel already late in getting these Christmas beads up. It didn’t help that my bead kiln just broke down on me and I have to wait on a part from the manufacturer to fix it. Thankfully my old, big kiln worked and I was still able to get these beads done this week. Otherwise, I think it really would’ve been too late to make them in time for Christmas this year had I waited much longer.

So here they are – whew! – my encased holiday murrini Christmas beads πŸ˜€

CHRISTMAS BLISS - bead set
CHRISTMAS BLISS – bead set
HOLIDAY SPARKLE - bead focal
HOLIDAY SPARKLE – bead focal
NOEL - bead set
NOEL – bead set
CHRISTMAS SWEATER - bead focal
CHRISTMAS SWEATER – bead focal

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

Winter & Holiday Lampwork Beads

I am fully in holiday mode! Usually it takes a while for me to get in the spirit of the season (probably from living in SoCal where we can be in the mid-80’s in December). But this year, for some reason, I’ve really gotten into the holidays early. πŸ˜€

This week’s beads reflect that wintery and festive mood –

Arctic Ice bead pair
Arctic Ice bead focal
Gilded Cranberry bead pair
Gilded Cranberry bead focal

“Cabaret” Glass Bead Collection & Focal

I have a tendency to gravitate toward more muted, natural colors most of the time, but every now and then I like to do something different with a color I haven’t worked with in a while.

This time the color was a beautiful soft cherry. I love this color glass because it’s not too bright and it’s more of a blue-based red, rather than a tomato-y orange based red.

Speaking of blue, this is one of red’s most complimentary colors so I incorporated bits of it into this set with some reactive silver glass.

"Cabaret" lampwork bead collection
"Cabaret" glass bead focal