Today is the first “reveal” of the Bead Soup Party. If you haven’t read my blog or been to the party before, learn about it here. My partner in the game, Eva Sherman, sent me these beads: For the first first of two necklaces that I made using the beads, I created a set of my “unearthed” hollow lampwork glass beads. I strung those beads and used the largest Roman Glass bead as a focal. I created chain links, and fabricated accents using an assortment of dangles. The copper handmade clasp is the one Eva sent me in the soup. I discovered the Roman glass can be fragile, as a couple of pieces broke. I used wire to string it, feeling that any other stringing material might frey due to the sometimes sharp edges of the old glass.
For the second necklace, I used an assortment of the Roman glass as a tassel. Above the round Roman glass and the tassel I put an “unearthed” lampworked bead of mine, and another of my beads I wire wrapped into a tee bar. The entire pentant is suspended from nephrite jade rondelles.
The Roman Glass beads were already drilled with two holes in each bead. In some cases I used both holes in others I simply ignored the second hole. I ground the edges of one last piece of Roman glass smooth (underwater with a diamond drill bit), and made it into a button for a clasp. Voila’, an impressive make a statement piece is born, with old and new glass. As I was making both pieces I felt the energy of the old glass, and wondered what the pieces came from ( a bottle, a vase, or plate?) and who make them. A bit of research told me they could be as old as 2,700! No wonder they are fragile! I think I captured the rustic, old world look I wanted that was inspired by the ancient glass. What’s your vote?
Be sure to see what Eva has done with the beads I sent her – and follow this link to start hopping to all the other participants. There are LOTS of us this year, so the reveals will be spaced out over a few weeks.