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 to cover ivory glass with .999 silver foil. Then you layer some transparent glass on top and the silver migrates to form little lines. It looks like you drew on the glass. The silver adds aa organic feel to the glass. I used this technique to create the beads for this necklace and chose a butterscotch colored glass to accent the silver. While still molten in the flame I pressed the glass to form an eye shape and when cooled I then etched the glass which produces a bead that feels like velvet. This oval eye bead measures approximately 10 x 20 mm. There are 6 beads in this necklace interspersed with bronze chain and finished with a sterling silver lobster clasp.
The necklace is approximately 34 inches long and can be worn doubled.