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Broken Window

Do you remember the flood that swept through South Australia about 18 months ago? My friend’s house was basically ruined when the water level rose so high and stayed in his house for long enough to make it not worth fixing. He accepted the government’s offer to demolish his house, thinking he would simply build a new house there. Turns out that was not a simple thing to do! 18 months later and there’s no new house being built there. All that is left are memories and some broken glass that didn’t get picked up in the demolition. I took a few pieces when I visited earlier this year and have turned them into beads that I have used to make plant stakes for a housewarming gift for him. He was finally able to buy a house somewhere else, and he will still have his memories of his old house. And hopefully these plant stakes add to his memories.

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Cranberry Glass Earrings

Cranberry Glass is so old and special that even broken objects like this jug are still worth something, sticky tape and all! I am only happy to buy the broken objects to repurpose into beads. It’s fairly useless as a jug, but makes a beautiful pair of earrings.

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Purple Glass Earrings

I am given all sorts of broken and old glass objects, and I was curious to see what would happen with this chipped purple cup! It definitely stayed purple, although a slightly different shade after being in the flame 🔥

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Sake Bottle Earrings

Japan has been on my bucket list for a very long time, so when I finally booked a trip (next year, can’t wait) I celebrated by indulging in some Japanese Sake. And then I made these earrings as a reminder to myself that it’s up to me to make sure my bucket list gets ticked off! What’s on your bucket list?

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Reyka Vodka Recycled Glass Earrings

I love trying new glass bottles to see how they turn out. I was really intrigued by this colour as I don’t think I have seen anything like it. It’s a bit darker than the Banrock Station blue (see last photo). I actually really like this colour, but it works better making smaller beads than larger ones. Super satisfying!

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Gallery M Exhibition

If you have a chance to visit our exhibition at Gallery M you will see a small collection of flower jewellery made by me. For some reason I forgot to take photos of the jewellery! There are art works from many other @tartscollective members too. Our last hurrah for our 21st birthday!

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Two-tone earrings

Loving these little two-tone earrings. I used to make lots of etched versions of these for the Jam Factory many years ago, so it’s nice to revisit the idea a little differently now.