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 deep green glass for the base and blew it into a hollow bead. I then applied feathery patterns of red onto the base bead to add color. This round bead measures approximately 40 mm. The necklace is made of tear drop links of sterling silver. I tube set the bead to a sterling silver backplate. Then I added a 4mm garnet in the centr of the bead.