Glass and Ceramic Beads
Kuan Yin
Cochin pottery Kuan Yin pendant from Taiwan, glass and stone beads, strung with Chinese knots.
Kuan Yin is usually translated as the Goddess of Mercy, a very popular oriental deity. She is sometimes depicted with many arms, the better to help alleviate human suffering.
The brightly coloured Cochin pottery originated in Kwangtung, China, and was later developed in Taiwan. It was traditionally applied as an adornment to temple buildings.
Sputnik Squares
Necklace of handmade lampwork beads with multicoloured raised eyes, separated by square Bali silver beads. Strung on cord and fastening with Bali silver toggle.
Lampwork beads are made by hand over a small flame. A metal rod or mandrel is coated with a clay like substance, known as bead release. A glass rod is heated in the flame and the molten glass is wrapped around the mandrel to form the bead. When cool the bead can be removed from the rod leaving a central hole.
Mermaid's Treasures
Large openwork shell medallion strung from double strands of assorted shell and fluorite beads. Fastens with a fancy silver clasp.
The madallion is carved with an intricate flower motif on both sides, and shines with lovely irridescent colours. Shell is a relatively fragile material so a choker length design protects it from wear.
The waters of the Philippines are rich with the treasures of the sea, and so the people there have become skilled at using shells to make beautiful adornments.
My Sweetheart
Handmade glass heart pendant from Studio Glaspunkt, Burghausen, Germany. On choker length Fluorite hearts, with Indian,Japanese and Murano glass beads and Bali silver clasp.
I visited Studio Glaspunkt when I was on holiday. Siegfried and Michael do some amazing things with glass, I wished I had been staying long enough to join one of their classes, but I had to be content with shopping. See some more of their work at
www.glaspunkt.de
Glass Garden
Necklace of handmade lampwork beads separated by Bali silver beads. Strung on cord and fastening with Bali silver toggle clasp.
Some of these large glass beads are from the Czech Republic, others from China. The Czech beads have the flower design encased in clear glass, but the others are surface decorated.
Lampwork beads are made by hand over a small flame. A metal rod, or mandrel, is first coated with a clay like substance, known as bead release. Then a glass rod is heated in the flame and the molten glass is wrapped around the mandrel to form the bead. When cool the bead can be removed from the rod leaving the central hole.
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