Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lampwork + Gemstones = COLORPLAY

One of the funnest things about creating jewelry is the color play involved. Gemstones are full of natural color. Pearls can be naturally colored, dyed or heat-treated to attain wonderful colors. And lampwork beads? Where do I begin to describe the amazing colors and combinations thereof that are found in these art glass beads?

Just about a year ago, I purchased a bunch (49 to be exact) orphan lampwork beads from Firelily on etsy. Here's a photo of the whole lot.

They are amazing and they've been sitting on my worktable for a full year. I would occasionally fondle them or just peer into their awesomeness. Inspired by something I saw on etsy the other day, I finally decided to use some of these works of art.

First, I sorted through them to separate out the pairs, to be saved for earrings. I know they are all supposed to be orphans, but I definitely found lots of pairs. With some of the remaining beads, I made a series of pendants. Each bead is paired with a gemstone (also orphaned) and made into one of two styles of pendant. In one style, the lampwork bead and the gemstone are wired together in chain-like fashion, making for an articulated pendant. The other style hard-wires the two elements together.

These photos capture most of the 21 necklaces I made.

I do not plan to list these in my etsy shop, so if you see something you like (or would like to see more photos of), let me know and we can work something out. Enjoy the colors!


Patty Woodland said...

Very pretty.
I don't want to discuss my lampwork collection....

Libellula Jewelry said...

I *love* your pendant necklaces! I buy orphan lampwork beads for the same sort of thing (minus the gemstones). It's such a great use for them. :)

Brandi Hussey said...

LOVE! But you knew that already, right??

Firelily was one of my most favorite lampwork bead shops. The quality is excellent, and the colors!!

They're just lovely! In the second photo down, what's the gemstones for the second and third necklaces from the right? The sea green one, then the blue one?

Orion Designs said...

Thanks for your lovely comments! The stones Brandi is asking about are London blue topaz and Peruvian opal.

Cinnamon Jewellery said...

They are beautiful lampwork beads! They look perfect combined with the gemstones :D

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

They are all beautiful. Great job on using up the glass too.