Vineyard Sky HANDMADE GLASS

In this category you will find beads made with several different methods. Primarily there will be jewelry made with furnace blown glass. These beads are also called "Cane beads" and are made using the same type of tools and furnaces used in off-hand glass blowing. I'm particularly drawn to this type of bead because I've taken several classes which have allowed me to try my hand at this -- its like being part of a very hot magic show. The bubble of air that is blown into the gather of glass at the beginning of the process is what eventually becomes the hole within the cane. There are numerous techniques used to color and shape the canes. A common feature is the use of an outer layer of transparent, colorless glass which magnifies the interior layers of color. These truly are works of art in themselves. There are many "hotshops" throughout the United States making this type of bead but some of the finest, and my favorites, are made by Olive Glass on Lopez Island in Washington.

Green Boro Amphora EarringsView details and larger image Green Boro Amphora Earrings
The hue variations that can be found in Borosilicate glass are very evident here. With subtle striations in soft sage, moss green and pale seafoam, these have an earthy feel. The outer layer of crystal clear glass magnifies the colored layers as if seen underwater. The hammered surface of the Fine silver amphora motif is a simple yet elegant frame for these lovely beads. Patterned chain and earwires in Sterling silver join all the components to create an overall length of just a bit over 2. ~ $84 This pair has SOLD!
Sage Green Boro Swing EarringsView details and larger image Sage Green Boro Swing Earrings
This is a light and moderate variation of a chandelier style, featuring three little drops of Borsilicate glass in soft, sage green. The lacy look of these is enhanced by the lacy link patterned chain in Sterling silver. Paired with Sterling French hooks for an approximate length of 1.5. ~ $48

Midnight Blue Boro Swing EarringsView details and larger image Midnight Blue Boro Swing Earrings
Dark blue glass beads are most often cobalt in hue, these made with lampwork Borosilicate glass are a rare shade. The teardrop shapes in inky blue are suspended from Sterling silver chain and earwires giving these lots of movement. From top to bottom, approx. 1.5. ~ $48

 

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