Copper Polymer Clay and Copper Leaf handcrafted beads made into this attractive necklace. Beads are protected with a satin glaze which prevents the leaf from oxidizing. Would be great for the holiday season.
Some new dangle bracelets and a few matching necklaces I recently made.
Murano Beaded Bracelet at my Polymer Panache shop: Click here:
is the difference between Venetian Beads and Murano Beads?
There is no difference. The glass used to make the beads
in Murano. However, Venetian Glass has been used to
glass coming from Murano for centuries and since Venice is
more widely known than the island of Murano, people
refer to it as Venetian Glass, Venetian Jewelry. So beads
made from beads produced in Murano are sold in the stores
Marco (the famous square in Venice) as Venetian Glass.
It's a matter
of marketing terms and that Venice is much wider known
than Murano. When the glass furnaces were moved from Venice to Murano,
the Doge specifically gave the residents of Venice the right to make
small pieces (lampwork) which included beads, small animals, the kind of
art made by the canes (which of course are produced in Murano).
Historically some of the best known bead houses have been in Venice,
namely in Cannaregio.
Blue Green Glass Bead Bracelet and Matching Necklace.
Pink Cat's Eye and Aqua Crystals Bracelet and Necklace.
All these handcrafted bracelets and matching necklaces can be seen at my Etsy Shop
Started making some dangling bracelets with some of the many beads I have in my stash.
The technology for glass beadmaking is among the oldest human arts, dating back 3,000 years.Glassbeads have been dated back to at least Roman times. Perhaps the earliest glass-like beads were Egyptian faience
beads, a form of clay bead with a self-forming vitreous coating. Glass
beads are significant in archaeology because the presence of glass beads
often indicate that there was trade and that the beadmaking technology
was being spread. In addition, the composition of the glass beads could
be analyzed and help archaeologists understand the sources of the beads.
This blue bracelet is made with Furnace Glass Beads.
Italian glass blowing
techniques such as latticinio and zanfirico are adapted here to make
beads. Furnace glass uses large decorated canes built up out of smaller
canes, encased in clear glass and then extruded to form the beads with
linear and twisting stripe patterns. No air is blown into the glass.
These beads require a large scale glass furnace and annealingkiln for manufacture.
Earlier this month I played around with the idea of making necklaces with large bold beads in bright colors combining polymer clay, wood beads, crystals and other assorted beads to see how they would work out. Here are four that I liked the best.
Here are two new necklaces made of polymer clay using the Torn Watercolor Paper technique which I recently learned. The first one I tried is in a light blue clay and is 20 inches long. I then thought I'd like to use this technique using several pastel colors which would look more like a watercolor painting torn into little bits. I think I like this one the best. The pastel necklace is 19 inches long and both are available at my Etsy shop, here.
I'm really liking making all these roses and buds so I decided to make necklaces with different color roses. Here is one I just finished in three shades of yellow. Lots of crystals and pearls on this one too.
Worked very hard trying to perfect my first Roses necklace. It was a lot of work but in the end I think it turned out very nicely. This necklace has lots of roses and rosebuds made of polymer clay and other small flowers of clay also. Each flower has a pink Swarovski crystal in its center. I've added lots of pink crystals, pink pearls and some pale green Swarovski bicone crystals throughout the flowers.