Ocean bracelet

I had wanted to make this for a long time and had the wire wrapped part pre-made, in my drawer. I just couldn’t find the right beads. While browsing Etsy I found African glass beads recycled from old bottles. They’re beautifully  irregular and come in variety of colours and shapes. I also used some artisan lampwork beads, a patina starfish charm and silver plated “bali” beads. Available in my Etsy shop.

Handmade glass pendants

The next step from buying handmade lampwork beads in bulk, is buying artistic glass beads and cabs from self-representing glass artists. They are usually higher quality than the commercially manufactured supplies, and unlike them, are absolutely unique (this is me showing the middle finger wondering how to protect myself from plagiarism, which unfortunately happened just recently). I’ve recently purchased some beautiful pieces from other artists on Etsy. The pendants listed here are available in my Etsy …

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Rectangle agate pendant

I love opaque wire. It gives a totally different impression than metallic ones, looks unusual, different than anything else. Unfortunately it doesn’t come thicker than 0.7mm, which is far to thin for a base wire, so I only have the thin one for wrapping. The base is still shiny and it shows when the wrapping isn’t dense enough. Still, it looks unusual. This wire coincidentally was very similar in colour to some of the dyed …

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Sea pottery in copper

Sea pottery is even more rare than glass. I find a lot of pieces, but only very few of them have rounded edges. I chose copper to enhance the blue colours. I made it a few weeks ago but waited until the copper tarnished a little bit to take photos. Available on Etsy.

Gifts of the sea

I live in a small town by the sea, in Ireland. I’ve always looked for interesting stuff on the beach, but I’ve never come across any pieces of glass like these. Today I came back home with a handful of treasures. I named this pendant “High tide”, because when I was looking for the glass, the tide was rising, and when I was going back home it was already at its peak. Like all sea …

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Mixed inspirations

Steampunk is all about technology, and I though why not mix in some nature inspired element? I was going to shape the beads into something more abstract, but it just didn’t look good, so I sticked with the twig-like shape. I used a round part of a watch movement. If you try to move the large gear on the side, the other two gears will rotate. Available on Etsy.