Well, it’s been a heck of a week here, and I needed a little break from things to recover. I am reminded once again that I have two choices when it comes to dealing with tough stuff in my life: I can curl up in a ball and cry myself to sleep or I can choose to be strong and believe that everything happens for a reason and try to find the silver lining. The beads in this bracelet were made from a Banrock Station wine bottle.
Ruby Glass was mostly made in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. It was super expensive to make this type of glass because it needed gold to create the gorgeous colour. I often go to antique shops to look at all sorts of glass. My eye is always drawn to the Ruby Glass, but unfortunately it’s always way more than what I can afford to spend on glass.
The other day I was in an antique shop when I spotted this piece. It was so pretty, but as I got closer I also notice it was quite broken (and glued back together). I wondered what price they were asking. At last! Something that I could afford. The lady in the antique shop was quite apologetic about the state of the glass, but I told her that didn’t bother me at all.
It took a while to make some beads with the glass, but I have started small to test it out, and these hearts are super sweet!
Similar style to yesterday’s earrings, but this time with different beads. I have used beads that I have made from champagne, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tanqueray Gin bottles. Love the colours in this pair.
These are some of my favourite beads to make, and I love the mix of colours in this necklace. It feels just right for a warm day like it is here.
I have used an assortment of recycled glass to make the beads in this necklace. It has ended up being a longer style necklace, another option that is perfect in this warmer weather.
Hello, and welcome to my blog for 2018! I’m a big fan of New Years. I also love new months, new weeks, and new days! This year I have decided to challenge myself a little bit. I’m going to share a photograph of recycled glass jewellery every day. I love making beads from recycled glass, and I love that people resonate with it so much.
To kick the year off I have made a necklace from some of the recycled glass beads that I made from a Coopers Ale bottle. I love the sparkly gold and silver beads in between.
To be honest, I really love that a product destined for a bin can be transformed into a beautiful, wearable piece of art! Thanks for joining me on this journey for 2018.
Freezing cold on my walk this morning! Frosty grass and icy tin roofs. Foggy river. My hands were numb for at least one kilometre!
Then I warmed up.
I have lots of work to do this week to make sure I am ready to set up my SALA exhibitions! I will have my work in 3 locations around Adelaide.
- SALA at the City Library opens Friday July 31. From 6.00pm until 7.00pm. The exhibitions will be officially opened by Councillor Susan Clearihan and emcee Amanda Blair. If you can’t make it to the opening the exhibitions will be on display until September 1. More information here. I will have a collection of recycled glass jewellery inspired by flowers.
- SALA at Pepper Street officially opens on Sunday August 2. The launch will be held from 2-4pm, with a range of activities and art to view. This exhibition runs until August 28. It is worth checking out the Pepper Street website for various activities surrounding this exhibition. I will have a range of Green Depression Glass jewellery available.
- SALA at T’Arts is a month-long celebration of our artists, with someone “working” in the window each day. You can visit to see a range of artists, making all sorts of things! I will have a small range of new jewellery available.