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Expertly crafted handmade glass beads and sterling silver!

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About the artist
 

"I am a silversmith and glass bead artist. The artistic process begins by meticulously forming each bead in a 1700-degree torch. Glass rods from Italy, US and Germany are melted in the flame and wrapped around a stainless steel mandrel. Each bead is created by layering different colors of glass and metals while working it into a desired shape. There are endless combinations of color, shape, texture and techniques applied to create each individual piece of glass art. No two beads are exactly alike. After forming a bead, it is annealed in a kiln for 8 hours to slowly cool. Annealing is an important strengthening step to eliminate stress in the glass and ensure lasting beauty.

Once the beads are created, I incorporate them into handcrafted sterling silver jewelry designs of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. I will roll a pattern into silver sheet, cut and polish a frame to fit around the beads. Or I will bend, solder & hammer silver wire to adorn the beads. Each finished piece becomes a beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation. And I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my days - playing with fire, colors & tools to create little gems of beauty and wonder!" - Nancy Reed

 

 
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