We’re enjoying some much needed showers today here in usually-sunny-Socal! 😀
It’s the perfect time to list some new beads, right? Or, go make hot cocoa…. beads first, though! 😉
Thanks for looking!
Fine Handmade Lampwork Glass Art Beads For Jewelry Designers & Collectors
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:
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:
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…. 🙂
Sadly, my already small batch of beads that I had made to go up on Etsy this week got even smaller. One beautiful bead did not survive the coring process (as sometimes happens).
It happened to be one of my favorites…. But for me it’s not all bad news. Though I don’t get to share it with those of you who I know love these big hole beads – the plus side for me is I actually get to keep it! 😀
I will proudly add it to my own bracelet that is filled with big hole beads that didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. Despite their flaws, I still really enjoy them and love looking at them. 🙂
These beads are available now on Etsy…
…except for this one that I cannot sell, but that will find a good home on my bracelet:
Thanks for looking!
That IS the question – at least for me it is lately! Of course, the short answer is, “as many as I possibly can!”. 😀
I definitely push the limits of what these little beads can hold – I try to keep the overall size of the bead at or under 1/2″ x 3/4″ which is already a little on the big side for standard Pandora sized beads. In my opinion, though, I think the trade off a slightly bigger size is definitely worth it for the extra eye candy all those murrini chips give you in a single bead.
So if you can forgive the ‘generous’ size of my encased murrini bracelet beads I think you’ll truly love these little beauties. They add so much color, interest, and fun to your already beautiful Pandora-style bracelets 🙂
There are a couple beads still available now on Etsy:
Maybe it’s the warmer weather (we were in the 90’s the other day!), but this week I was inspired to make a few large hole beads with my handmade flower murrini. These particular murrini are incredibly painstaking to make because they involve so many steps – but the results are worth it. When encased in clear glass they come alive and have so much detail and beauty. 🙂
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them –
Available now on Etsy!