European Charm Beads – Encased Glass Murrini

I’m on a roll!

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ANEMONE REEF
ANEMONE REEF
CARNIVAL REEF
CARNIVAL REEF
CORAL REEF
CORAL REEF
MEADOW REEF 2
MEADOW REEF 2
HIGH TIDE REEF
HIGH TIDE REEF
TIDEPOOL REEF
TIDEPOOL REEF
MEADOW REEF
MEADOW REEF
MEADOW REEF 2
MEADOW REEF 2
RUBINO REEF 2
RUBINO REEF 2
RUBINO REEF
RUBINO REEF
SUNFLOWER REEF
SUNFLOWER REEF

 

 

Encased Murrini European Charm Big Hole Beads

What could be trickier than encasing tiny murrini chips in a large round bead? Encasing tiny murrini chips in a much smaller charm bead!

Let me tell ya! I thought making regular sized, round encased murrini beads was tough…I had another thing coming trying to squeeze as many murrini chips as possible into a much smaller charm bead.

The large hole means much less ‘volume of glass’ can be applied to the surface since they’re meant to be small and worn on a charm bead bracelet (such as Pandora, Troll, Biagi, etc.)

I do love a good challenge – but I don’t think I breathe at all when I make one of these beads, LOL πŸ˜€

Besides the fun of making them, my most favorite thing about these beads is the fact that there is something new to look at from every angle. That just makes them so special, I think. πŸ™‚

All beads have a solid sterling silver core, and are currently available on Etsy:

DEEP SEA Reef
LOW TIDE Reef
LOW TIDE Reef
SHELL REEF Pandora
SHELL REEF Pandora
TROPICAL Reef
TROPICAL Reef

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. πŸ˜€

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

Universal European Charm Beads

Hot off the torch!

We Heart Firefighters – big hole bead
Lilac Buds – big hole bead
Morning Dew – big hole bead
Night Lilies – big hole bead
Sunflower Buds – big hole bead
Teal Fire Opal – big hole bead
Tidepool

European Charms – Big Hole Beads

It has been a while since I gave my bead liner tool a whirl, so I thought it was time to make some fun big hole beads with sterling silver cores. Besides, I needed a few new beads for my own Pandora bracelet as well πŸ˜‰

Here is the first batch, available now on Etsy

ABALONE SHELL – lampwork big hole bead
DEEP SEA JELLY – big hole bead
GOOD DOG – big hole bead
HAWAIIAN BATIK – big hole bead
HAWAIIAN BATIK – big hole bead
MERMAID’S CROWN – big hole bead
MERMAID’S CROWN – big hole bead
HOT PINK ANEMONE – big hole bead
PRETTY KITTY – big hole bead
RAINBOW’S END – big hole bead
SEA URCHINS – big hole beads
WATERCOLOR LILIES – big hole beads