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 technique that is popular among lampworkers is hollow beads. I used this technique to create the bead for this necklace and chose a clear glass for the base and blew it into a hollow bead. I then applied thin rods of hot glass called stringers onto the base bead to add color. This round bead measures approximately 20 mm. The necklace is made of 7 sterling silver orbs. I added the bead to one of these and connected them all with brass beads. Then I added additional sterling silver chain. I finished the necklace with a sterling silver lobster clasp.