I just added a bunch of necklaces to this site made of African Bottle Glass. Last year at a gem and mineral show I purchased the beads from a Ghanan man. He travels back to Ghana periodically to buy beads for import. The bottle glass beads are made from crushing up old bottles and remelting them. I love repurposed, recycled and reused materials and these are fun and colorful. You won’t see many of them out there. The necklaces are chunky and kind of weighty on the neck, I like the feel of them. A lot of people have thought they were beach glass because they have a tumbled, matte surface.
Also I made some lighter necklaces with African white-heart glass beads. White-heart beads have clear colored glass with a white center that winds up giving them a pretty glow. They’re mixed with chevrons and smaller bottle glass beads.
I am endlessly updating my website with new work. First I design and fabricate the jewelry— then I photograph it in my special light tent— then I crop and correct the images— then I upload the information and images and then…ta-da…it’s online! It can be overwhelming to run my own business and tend to every task, including sweeping and mopping the floors, but it is rewarding because I love my work and it makes me happy when my customers appreciate the jewelry.
I often customize hammered rings to my customers’ desires. Here is one I made this week, 3.5 mm Hammered 14K White Gold ring with four flush set apatite stones.
Also a recent custom order was a hammered ring that tapers in back and has two star-set stones in a slab on top. My customer wanted a one-of-a-kind unusual mother’s ring. The two stones are turquoise and lapis lazuli and the ring is sterling silver.