My Story: My studio sits in the Foothills of Tucson, Arizona, where I find my inspiration every day. I love the colors and the textures from nature that surround me and try to recreate the desert in my glass and jewelry. I love gemstones and rocks of all colors and shapes. I love creating lampworked glass in the flame. And I like to use silver and gold to enhance my jewelry. I call my work a harmony of glass and metal.
It goes without saying that beautiful glass beads can be found in Venice. The technique to make these beads is called lampworking. I learned this technique 25 years ago and enjoy making beads in the flame to use in my jewelry. One traditional Venetian bead is made using .925 sterling silver foil which is submerged beneath luscious transparent colored glass. The silver brightens the colors and adds a depth to the glass. I used this technique to create the beads for this necklace and chose a dark amber colored glass to envelope the silver. While still molten in the flame I pressed the glass to form a lentil shape and when cooled I then etched the glass which produces a bead that feels like velvet. This roundish lentil bead measures approximately 20 mm. There are 7 beads in this necklace interspersed with sterling silver links that have a dark patina. The contrast is awesome. But a hint of color seemed needed so I added just a few Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads in a robins egg blue for drama.