Saturday, 6 August 2016

Necklace full of wish

Lampwork glass bead and sterling silver necklace filled with dandelion clock seeds

I'm well aware that I'm not the first person to put dandelion seeds in a glass bead/globe/bottle, but it's such a lovely idea I wanted to turn some of my blown glass beads into dandelion pendants.

Lampwork glass bead and sterling silver necklace filled with dandelion clock seeds

Hang on, I've not mentioned my blown hollow glass beads, have I? Long story short, I make them on a 3mm hollow mandrel that has an air hole in it. By building a bead up either side of the air hole I can then inflate the bead by blowing air down the mandrel. This allows me to create a nice thin, even wall and I can deflate and re-inflate until I am happy with the shape. It's a bit like blowing a glass bubble. I'll go into it in more detail some day soon.

Blowing a hollow soft glass lampwork bead
Me, blowing a hollow glass bead

Anyway, the 'Wishful' pendant is made from a blown hollow bead which I have filled with seeds from a dandelion clock. There are many myths and legends that surround dandelions but I think we're all familiar with the one that tells you to make a wish before blowing the seeds off a dandelion clock.

Lampwork glass bead and sterling silver necklace filled with dandelion clock seeds

I'm not saying that this necklace will make all your wishes come true, but its delicate prettiness is sure to intrigue people.

Lampwork glass bead and sterling silver necklace filled with dandelion clock seeds

If you'd like to order a 'Wishful' necklace, they're £15.00 and available on my website.

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