I came across the idea of combining various colours of beach glass online the other day, and became somewhat obsessed with it. Not sure why I didn’t think of it before, because combining colours is my favourite thing to do… Possibly because wrapping one bit of glass takes long enough; in any case, here are five new necklaces I created using colour combos. I had to basically invent a new way of connecting them, which was also fun.
Each of these contains at least one uncommon-to-rare-to-find colour, and most have several, which is making pricing difficult. I’m trying to keep them affordable and also in proportion to the singles I do… oh, who am I kidding, pricing is always difficult.
Anyway. Here are the pictures!
Only that last one got the olive oil treatment before assembly, sadly.
What do you think?
I was doing a little research on drilling beach glass and discovered an incidental piece of advice that actually changed everything. It’s a whole new ball game. Apparently, if you rub sea glass with a little olive oil and polish it back off with a cloth, it freaking well glows. Allow me to demonstrate:
These are some colour combos I was working out on my bench. Probably, these pieces are too small to successfully wrap together, but by heck I’m'a gonna try! Now, take a look at the exact same pieces after the olive oil treatment, in the same spot with the same overhead lighting and the same camera settings:
These are in no way greasy or wet, but just LOOK at them! The oil has completely removed the salt residue (which I could not get rid of no matter the amount of soap) and left an amazing glowy surface instead which allows the glass to light up from the inside.
I finished up the first batch of these. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!
I’ve got some Ametrine, Amber, Pietersite, Rutilated Quartz, Apatite, Kyanite, Chalcedony, Firescale Carnelian, and orange Carnelian, plus a couple of firepolished glass beads to round it off.
This is the type of filigree work I was doing a few years ago, but I got a little too far into the low-end production stuff last year and really wanted to work on something a little more creative and special. These will do nicely!
Now, back to work for me!
World’s stupidest name but I get blocked some times. Suggestions for naming these little guys? I’ve got a bunch more but am just too tired to photograph them all.
They still need bails and chains, and I’m not sure why I did two pale green ones when I have all kinds of colours pulled for this series, but I’m kind of loving them anyway!
I’ve got at least a dozen of these on deck for this week. What with the season opening coming up in just a couple of weeks, I’m spending at least an hour or two in the studio each evening. On top of my full-time job (which is hectic) it’s a little tiring, but worth it when I can gather my wooly thoughts enough to do something creative and controlled like this!
Preview of new product! I’m not sure what to call these little guys but they’re awfully fun. The focals are 1″-ish lampworked beads by Amy Hall.
A few of the newest batch of earrings from last weekend – I just found my camera card this morning! I’d love to stay and chat about them but I’ve got to get back to production… the season is upon us and I’ve got to be ready!
Somewhat harsh close-up photos (when oh when will I be able to take consistent photos?!):