Fine silver trans-grn bead and earrings with 18" sterling silver chain

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Fine silver trans-grn bead and earrings with 18" sterling silver chain

Details

These are translucent green beads wrapped in fine silver. The silver reacts with the glass to make it change color.

How these beads are made:

To make the glass beads, I heat a glass rod with a torch until it is molten and the consistency of thick honey. Then it is wrapped around a steel mandrel and shaped. After this, the fine silver (.999 silver) wire is wrapped around the bead and slowly heated so it melts. The earring beads are made the same way. All the beads then go into the kiln to be annealed; a process which takes about 8 hours. Annealing removes internal stress that builds up in the glass during creation.

The chain with the bead is sterling silver and the 2 mm beads on the chain nicely complement the silver in the bead. The chain is also available in 16" or 20".

The ear wires are sterling silver also.

Since every bead is made by hand, please allow for some differences in the bead with the photograph.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

I was at a gem show and there was a woman there selling Monarch chrysalis beads that she had made. They were just exquisite. I raise Monarchs and I recognized these immediately. I got to talking with her and she showed me how easy it was to melt glass and we discussed the learning curve for glass (steeper) as opposed to working with metal. Long story short, I purchased another torch, some glass rods, a couple of books and have been teaching myself to make things with glass. My goal is to become skilled enough to make Monarch chrysalis beads like hers.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Fine silver, sterling silver and glass

Pattern: Translucent green

Color: Green

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I will ship within 3 business days of payment with delivery confirmation, using the US Postal Service.

Currently shipping in the United States only. Please send me email if you are requesting shipping to another country. The buyer is responsible for all duty fees and taxes.

*** California residents will be charged sales tax ***


Returns

I want you to be satisfied with your purchase, however, if you want to return for a refund, you must do so within 7 days of delivery date. Please email me prior to returning your item.

Reviews

SieraC on Apr 17, 2013
5 stars

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