This Glass Blueberry Necklace features three of my handmade glass ripe blueberry beads and one unripe glass blueberry bead in shades of red and purple. The lampwork blueberries are accompanied by sparkling glass water drops and framed by glass leaves. The whole grouping is hung on an adjustable figure-eight chain in your choice of Sterling Silver or 14/20 Gold Filled. Your necklace will be carefully packed in natural white cotton inside a free glossy black paper gift box with gold bow.
Berries speak to us of abundance and healthy pleasures, and these will bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees them! Blueberry lovers and gardeners love this necklace.
This necklace is 20 inches in total length with a lobster clasp. The free end of the chain is finished with a small matching glass leaf. You may wear the necklace at any length between 18 and 20 inches by clipping the lobster into the link of your choice.
The Nature of Mother Nature
Almost nothing in nature is completely round, smooth or even, so I avoid making my glass fruit and leaves too perfectly. I put on splotches and speckles, make them a tidbit lopsided, and add other imperfections so that each berry or leaf is unique. This makes them look much more "real".
Process and Materials:
Each blueberry bead is created by melting glass in the flame of a torch, directly onto the twisted end of a copper wire which becomes the stem. Because the copper stem is embedded inside the glass it can never be pulled free. The points of the flower star on the end of each blueberry have been rounded to prevent them from chipping and so they cannot snag on clothing. The surface coloring of each berry is achieved by sprinkling it with powdered glass which is then completely melted into the surface. The color will never rub, flake or chip off. These berries are made one at a time so no two are exactly alike.