29/11/2012

Christmas Murrini Gallery...........

Good morning, a little post to show your some of the darling Christmas themed murrini that I have up for sale on www.fritnchips.etsy.com right now. I'm finding it hard to wrap my head around the idea that it will be December already in just a few days. This year has flown by like no other!

First up, I made this festive necklace using holly and berry murrini over pure silver foil with a heavy encasement of clear to magnify the detail.
Here is what the a single chip look like before it has been used in a bead -  you get 15 (plus a couple of spares) in every festive baggie of these lovely chips. I also have cute holly without berries too made with lush deep green glass.
This detailed Appletini Christmas bead set features a few of my gift wrapped present murrini - each design can be bought individually in sets of 18 (plus a couple of spares) or as part of a mixed pack.
 I also have a limited number of holiday murrini collections too, just  30+ detailed chips with a minimum of 4 pcs in each of my festive designs. 

The  last murrini I would like to show today are these cute button designs. Great for little seasonal snow folk  but fab to have in all year round to add a touch of whimsy and kitsch to your bead designs and critter folk.
You can get a fab selection pack of 25 pcs or a single colour pack of 25 pcs for just a fiver.



Thanks, Jolene x

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25/11/2012

Free Form Sweetheart Murrini Tutorial

I know that many of us do not even have our trees up yet but for those of you looking forwards to your Valentines day making I thought I'd put together a quick and dirty photo montage tutorial on how I make my Free Form Sweetheart Murrini.



Enjoy, Jolene x

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18/11/2012

Latest batch of Amoebas

This is my latest haul of cheeky Amoeba beads, they are now all bubble wrapped up and packed for posting in the morning. I have made them to cheer up some very brave children on the Beads of Courage program in the UK.


The Beads of Courage program is a the most fantastic Arts in Medicine program, it is fully funded in the UK by a small family run charity called Be Child Cancer Aware. I do so love making these super simple funky fun and beads to donate and wrote a little tutorial for them on my blog a short while back. You can see it here.

If you make lampwork beads and have some that you would like to gift to Beads of Courage please download the donation form here. The details of where to send your beads is all there on the form.

Jolene x

06/11/2012

Mini Mo' November 2012 - Button Brights and Button Blues

Both of my Mini Mo's for November are inspired by buttons, I remember spending hours as a kid sorting and sifting through my Nan's button tins - I thought button murrini would be fun all year round but especially cute for Christmas critters!

The first colourway, Button Brights is made with Effetre Crimson 432, Effetre Dark Yellow 412 and Effetre Light Lemon Yellow 404 with Sherbet Dib-Dab shards. The murrini are very cute, a yellow four hole button and orange ones with 2 holes!
This first set is made with Sherbet Dib-Dab shards, a limited edition hand mixed colour blend of bright oranges and yellows. I have doodled all over this set with fine black stringer work pictures of butterflies and flowers.
My next set uses Button Brights twistie to decorate the core, encased with a thick layer of Effetre 006 clear glass. I have finished his set with many layers of tiny dot decoration and complimenting spacers.
My third make using Button Brights glasswork is this cute mini snowman set. It uses Button Murrini for his eyes and nose. I have added a little matched pair of sparkly textured snowballs to finish the set.
Button Blues is made with Effetre CiM Glacier, CiM Celadon and Effetre Medium Lapis 424 with silvered Celadon Shards. The murrini in this set are a mix of Glacier two hole buttons and dark blue 4 hole ones too.
This set features Silvered Celadon shards which is a new staple colour that I have just added to my lampwork supplies shop. These shards are over CiM Appletini and CiM Sherwood and have been spot heated and twisted at the edges with lime stringer.
This set uses Button Blues twistie over a core of 006 which I have encased with a thick layer of Effetre 006 clear to magnify the detail. I have embellished this set with layers of tiny dot decoration and cobalt blue encased spacers.
This next mini set is a cutie pie snowman focal with two tiny button eyes and a big blue button nose. I have added a pair of sparkly textured snowballs to finish the set.

Jolene x

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04/11/2012

Giveaway in December

Today I'm launching my Christmas giveaway competition, this one is for the holly encrusted lentil bead and mixed spacers pictured here.

For your chance to win them all you need to do is pop by and click like on my Facebook Page and leave me a lovely comment to let me know you have here on my blog under this post or on the pic pinned to the top of my Facebook page.

Of course it would be great of you subscribed to follow my blog by email too or shared this post on twitter or facebook but none of that is compulsory to be in the chance to win.

I will draw a name at random to win this bead and spacers set on the morning of the 1st of December form all the comments on here and on my blog and I will announce the winners name here on my blog that day. If the winner is also a lampwork bead maker then I will throw in a mixed pack of Christmas themed picture murrini too or if the winner is not a jewellery designer, let me know and I will make this bead up into a festive necklace for you.

Please make sure you leave me your CP, LE, FH or HAF forum or @twitter id. If I have no means of contacting you should you win I cannot accept your comment as a valid entry,

Good luck, Jolene x

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01/11/2012

My November winner is....

Thank you to everyone who left me a comment on my Giveaway in November throughout October, the competition to win a set of my lush Caramel Creme beads is now closed and I am pleased to announce that http://www.random.org says the winner is lucky commenter no 4.....

DeborahD

Congrats, I will send you a message very shortly :-D

I shall head off now and put my thinking cap on as to what I would like to offer up as a giveaway for December - probably something jolly festive! So please do watch this space for more news on that......

Lastly a little note to say that these style beads are available to as a made to order option in my Etsy bead shop, I rarely offer made to order beads but these make me smile a lot and are a pure delight to create.