The final step in the process is to deliver the work! First I touch base with the customer to make sure I have made what they asked me to make!
I can accept payments for work via Direct Deposit or PayPal.
As soon as the money is received, I will post the order to the address supplied.
This photo is of the bracelet and earrings I made from the Moet bottle.
Step 4 is to make the jewellery!
Once we have confirmed that the beads I have made are just right, then I’ll start making whatever jewellery has been requested. Sometimes it might be just a pair of earrings, and sometimes it might be the entire set of necklace, bracelet and earrings.
If you look at my Etsy shop you will see the types of necklaces, bracelets and earrings that I have been making. I’m happy to make similar items, or to try new things too.
The only aim for me in making custom jewellery is that the customer is happy with the jewellery at the end.
Step 3 is to make the beads!
Sometimes in this stage I need to experiment, to test new things with the glass. I might try some different shapes or some different finishes to see how they turn out. I actually enjoy this part of the process, as sometimes things go in a new direction, which is exciting. I will take photos of how the beads have turned out, and make sure I’m on track before making any more. Often, when the customer can actually see the beads, they know if we are on the right track or not!
I always heat the glass on a hot-plate, so that when it is introduced into the flame it doesn’t shatter. I then use tweezers to pick up the glass and make the beads. It’s trickier than using glass rods, but the result is worth it!
Once I get the glass, I need to clean it and then smash it! I use a hammer and a pillow case to smash the glass, however I’m sure there are better ways out there. I break it into pieces big/small enough to work with in the flame.
Now, I am ready to start making beads.