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Farewell 2018

Recycled glass jewellery | handmade glass beads | Julie Frahm | Glass Artist

Popping in to say a big thanks for being here in 2018. It was a great year for many reasons, but also a very challenging year for me too. I can honestly say I am looking forward to turning the calendar over on this year and starting 2019 with some new energy and focus. I have decided to continue my daily recycled glass jewellery project, however there will be a few tweaks to it to make it slightly different. I am looking forward to sharing my recycled glass jewellery with you all again. Happy New Year!

Photo courtesy of Rosina Possingham

Recycled glass jewellery | handmade glass beads | Julie Frahm | Glass Artist
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My Top 9 Photos for 2018

A year of recycled glass jewellery

I started this year with an idea for a project that I hoped would work. I wanted to make a new piece of recycled glass jewellery every day, and post the photo to Instagram. Simple?

Well it was and it wasn’t simple. It was simple when I allowed myself the time to sit down and look at all of my beads and simply make things with what I had. It was simple when I had an idea for a series of pieces and I put together a little plan to make that series of pieces. It was simple when I let myself go, and simply created.

It wasn’t simple when life got in the way! Those days when every minute seemed to be filled with something or other and I thought I would have time to make something and then time got away from me and I didn’t make anything. Luckily there weren’t many of those days, but I felt them. I felt disappointed when I didn’t make something new.

Overall though I have had a really great year with this project. I have loved trying new things. New techniques with jewellery. New techniques with glass. New glass. New combinations of glass. It really has pushed me to make new and different things, and it has been lovely to see what has resonated for people too. I have had many requests to buy the pieces that I have made which I am truly grateful for. I have also had many messages from people with positive comments on my work. Also, very grateful for those comments. They helped to keep me going.

So what happens next year? To be honest, I’m still working on that! I have some ideas, and I’m going to take a little break now to work on those ideas and see where my creativity and my passion leads me in the new year.

Thanks so much for all your support this year! These are the Top 9 photos according to Instagram, they are the ones with the most likes. I thought the selection was really interesting, a real mix of different pieces in there.

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Bombay Sapphire Gin bracelet

Recycled glass bracelet | beads made from a Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle

All of the beads in this sweet little bracelet were made from a Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle. I have used a few different embellishments to get some variation in the colours, but kept it quite simple so that it can be worn as an everyday bracelet.

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Love the shape of these earrings

Recycled glass earrings | long earrings made from wine bottles

I often make square earrings. There is something really neat about getting the pliers out and making right angles with them! 

But it’s also nice to get the dowel out and make round earrings too. Like this pair. Beads made from Bethany Wine bottles.

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Bethany Wine Bottle Earrings

Recycled glass earrings | beads made from a Bethany Wine bottle

I have to say, I have been a bit blown away by all the lovely orders that have been coming through this month! Thanks to everyone who has trusted me to make them a special Christmas present. I love seeing what you choose.

I did find some time this morning to make this pair of earrings. The beads are made from a Bethany wine bottle. Such a pretty colour.