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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

New HANDMADE earrings in my Etsy shop

Just starting to list some earrings in my Etsy shop - not all of these are there yet (but if there is a pair you want, email me and I can invoice you or list them.

I have just 2 pairs left of my new glass ball studs.  These are on surgical steel and the glass is wound straight onto the steel pin.  Why steel?  it has a higher melting temperature than sterling silver, which would melt in the flame, and it is (apparently) hypo-allergenic, which is probably why they use it for surgery.  These are £10 a pair + postage.

Several pairs of very pretty earrings made from my own lampwork glass beads, decorated with genuine Swarovski crystals and on sterling silver ear wires - some hoops like above

and some on French (or Shepherds Crook)  ear wires.  All are £15 a pair.

And I am starting to list some sea glass earrings too.  Again with Swarovski crystals and on sterling silver.  All my sea glass is personally collected from beaches around the UK so I know it is genuine.  Then I carefully drill it to make sea glass beads.  

These pieces are perfectly frosted by the movement of the sand and waves - you do not get the same effect from mechanically tumbled glass, chemically etched or frosted with abrasive wheels - nor is that sea glass!  I do not make my own glass using these methods (although Ebay is full of it, masquerading as genuine sea glass - price for rare colours such as red, yellow, blue should be a clue), I take holidays where I can walk along beaches collecting this for my own use.

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