Here’s to the end of another month, and the end of another season. Summer where I live has been a real mixed bag this year, lots of hot weather, and lots of crazy weather in between. I’m looking forward to seeing what the days of Autumn offer me in terms of creativity for this year long challenge.
Today is day 59 of the Recycled Glass Jewellery challenge, and I am sharing a photo of a necklace I made this morning. The beads are made from a Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle. Such a great colour!
I have been enjoying trying new things, tweaking old designs, and coming up with new work as part of my “Year of Recycled Glass Jewellery“.
Today I have used some Banrock Station wine bottle beads, and mixed them with Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle beads. I love how nicely these two colours work together. I also really like the stud earring here, and of course….they are very dangly!
A recap of Colour Play this month: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.
This final week I have made an asymmetrical red bracelet, and a pair of earrings that will work perfectly with that bracelet. For those days when you don’t really need/want to wear a necklace, but would like something to adorn yourself!
This bracelet sits so nicely on the wrist, the longer beads help to keep it anchored, and the sparkly beads, well, they really sparkle! I have made this bracelet approx 20cm long, but it can be altered if you need.
These earrings are perfect for everyday wear. They are comfortable, with a splash of red. They are approx 4.5cm long.
Here is a quick link to the shop in case you need it!
= my kind of earrings!
The beads were made from a champagne bottle, and the long tubes are copper that I have enamelled. I love the shades of green. I love how the beads dangle and swing when you wear them. Lots of movement in these earrings.
I have mixed up beads from champagne, beer and wine bottles in this green bracelet. The recycled glass beads work well together, and I like how the drop beads sit on the wrist.
I have been having a lot of fun playing with the beads that I made from a Hendricks Gin and Banrock Station bottle. They work together so nicely! I couldn’t resist making a pair of asymmetrical monochrome earrings to add to the collection.
PS It was a bit tricky getting this finished today because it’s actually my daughter’s 9th birthday! Happy Birthday Ciara, hope you had the best birthday ever.
I have been loving getting my seed beads out this year, it’s been a long time since I have played with them! Anyway, here’s a bracelet to match the necklace that I made yesterday. The feature beads are from a Hendricks Gin and Banrock Station wine bottle.
Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who sends me their empty gin bottles! I really do appreciate the effort you make to get them to me.
Secondly, the necklace I made as part of my year of recycled glass jewellery. Today is day 53, yes that’s right, I have made 53 pieces of jewellery from recycled glass so far this year! Lots more to come, lots more ideas in the notebook, lot of things I still want to try.
So, this necklace is super long! It can be worn long, doubled or even tripled over. The beads were made from a Hendricks Gin bottle and a Banrock Station wine bottle. I love the splash of gold seed beads in amongst all of the black and clear and grey beads, they add a lovely pop of colour to this monochrome necklace.
Remember that yellow vase from yesterday?
Well, I had some beads leftover after finishing the bracelet, so I decided to make a pair of earrings with the smallest of the beads. Oh, how they sparkle in the light! Such a pretty colour.
…the other day my friend Jenny gave me a vase that was no longer able to function as a vase. She thought I might like the glass to make beads with. She thought right!
I actually couldn’t wait to break this vase and start melting beads. I was curious to see how the colour would hold up under the flame. Most of the time glass stays true to its original colour, but sometimes weird things can happen!
I made a bunch of small round beads, just to see how they would turn out. And I was so happy when I opened the kiln and found lots of lovely little yellow beads in there! Such a pretty colour.
Do you have a vase or another glass object at home that is no longer functional? Maybe it has a crack or a chip, or is completely broken? Sometimes these items have sentimental value, and they are hard to throw in the bin. If you would like to have these items remade into a wearable piece of art…please feel free to get in touch. I love making special things for people.