I create my own murrini, making what is called a cane — a long pull of glass — then cutting off the little slices to use in the larger piece. The cane-making takes a bit of time. I have a photo of a similar cane I made (last photo), right before I heated the whole thing up to molten and pulled it.
The edges between the orange and seafoam mint green are silvered ivory. I create that by getting a large amount of ivory glass molten — called a gather of glass — and then rolling it in 0.999 fine silver leaf. It creates a wonderful lacy and silvery glass.
Finally, I add 0.999 fine silver droplets all around the bead. The bubbles!
This glass bead was made by me using a propane-oxygen torch to shape the molten glass, followed by 8 hours in the kiln to anneal it. My beads are made “free-form” using basic hand tools to create the basic bead shape. (I do not use molds)
Fully kiln annealed.
- Pendant bead is fully kiln annealed, approximately 50mm / 2″ in length.
- Wired up by me, with Argentium sterling silver and Swarovski crystals.
- The chain is an 18″ antiqued copper curb chain.