It’s so very hot outside – unusual for a late Sunday afternoon in Belgium! – that I decided to photograph one of my jewelry prototypes called “Fruity Ibiza”:-)

My homage to this island, in this form of art, is a celebration of the considerable time I spent there, pre-university, learning Spanish and seeking to establish a eco-fairtrade boutique… and, I will soon disappear to the island once again to celebrate several birthdays and enjoy dance, romance and ‘chance’, which are all for the taking on the Balearic Islands!

So, with this in mind, I matched some Effetre murano glass colours to suit my holiday season wardrobe 🙂 I also wished to use some very short rods I had left from a previous session, so the surgical forceps are used to hold these in the flame (else fingers would melt off!). And just like the tiger beads project, I wished to create the unusual barrel-style bead shape so I used the mashers 🙂

Glass rods chosen for the bracelet, surgical forceps and mashers

Glass rods chosen for the bracelet, surgical forceps and mashers

Once each mandrel of beads is torched, the mandrel is placed in the kiln at a ‘holding’ temperature (968 deg Farenheit / 520 deg Celsius) for the whole torching session.

You can insert many mandrels into the kiln for ‘holding’, and, after the torching is finished the kiln program is skipped to the next module to commence annealing.

Whilst waiting for the annealing to finish I am usually too excited to really concentrate on much else, but this is a good time to clean up the studio, update the journal, prepare other mandrels for the next day, etc. and then just laze about in the garden enjoying the summer evening!

Beads annealing in the kiln

Beads annealing in the kiln

Once the beads are annealed, cleaned and dremeled (remove bead release from bead holes using the Dremel tool with diamond files), they are ready for wiring 🙂

Beads under a daylight bulb; more subdued than in sunlight but equally beautiful

Beads under a daylight bulb; more subdued than in sunlight but equally beautiful

For the clasps, I wanted to make it easy to fasten by myself (so I kept the rubber cord ends longer, which can be easily grasped in the same hand), plus they look a little beach surf-style too. The fit is snug, with the bracelet falling nicely on the wrist bones and not hindered by the thumb movement (which can break bracelets if made too long).

Sterling silver lobster clasp and split rings, silver metal crimps for rubber cord

Sterling silver lobster clasp and split rings, silver metal crimps for rubber cord

I really loved how the sunlight brought out different intensities in the glass hues; not sure my camera could really bring justice to the colours, but here goes…!

Glass in the sunlight! Really brings out those colours!

Glass in the sunlight! Really brings out those colours!

Size and fit of the finished bracelet

Size and fit of the finished bracelet

Close up under sunlight

Close up under sunlight

Now its time to go sit in the garden with a nice grasshopper cocktail and dream Ibiza!

Effetre glass rods used: The opaques – Pastel White (#1204), Dark Red (#1436), Medium Red (#1432), Light Lapis (#1240), Ivory (#1264) and Dark Ivory (#1276); and, the transparents – Dark Teal (#1027), Light Emerald (#1028), Medium Grass Green (#1022), Dark Blue (#1056), Dark Aqua (#1036), as well as Clear Special (#1006).

Originally published: Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 16:30 in Atelier, Inspiration

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