Crazy For Dots – Lampwork Glass Beads

When not consumed with making encased murrini beads over the past year, I’ve been working to perfect my pulled dot beads. Thanks to a new tutorial I recently purchased I have ‘connected the dots’ (ha! :D), had a light bulb moment, and at last this technique finally clicked for me. Now, I have a new obsession… πŸ˜‰

On Etsy:

BEACHCOMBER - assorted bead collection
BEACHCOMBER – assorted bead collection
BEACHCOMBER - large round focal bead
BEACHCOMBER – large round focal bead
CUPCAKE - large round focal bead
CUPCAKE – large round focal bead
MERMAID'S GROTTO - large round focal bead
MERMAID’S GROTTO – large round focal bead
MINI CUPCAKE - round focal bead
MINI CUPCAKE – round focal bead
PETIT FOUR - round focal bead
PETIT FOUR – round focal bead

Halloween Themed Big Hole Beads

Hard to believe but Halloween is right around the corner! To kick off the holiday season I made some cute Halloween themed big hole beads featuring encased murrini in fun shapes.

GHOST – big hole bead
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – big hole bead
WITCHIEPOO’S HAT – big hole bead
JACK O’ LANTERN – big hole bead

I also made some anytime-themed beads. Some with colorful encased murrini, some with raised dots and one with my encased stringer flowers:

LILAC BUDS – big hole bead
MALIBU PIER – big hole bead
MERMAID’S CROWN – big hole bead
MERMAID’S CROWN – big hole bead
SOCK HOP – big hole bead

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

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