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I have been making jewelry for over two decades and recently began making lampworked glass beads for embellishments to my silver art. Silver pieces are made from Precious Metal Clay (PMC), and each item is an individually hand crafted piece of wearable or usable sculpture. No two silver pieces are exactly alike. 
Many of my pieces are organic in feel, inspired by nature and plant materials such as acorns, pine cones, bamboo and gifts from the sea. PMC is the perfect medium for artistic expression. And the blending of luscious handmade glass beads, silver and natural semiprecious stones and pearls is luxurious.

The necklace to the left is my newest piece showing the combination of these materials. 

Lampworked beads are created by layering multiple colors of glass slowly under a high temperature torch. The glass is manipulated to form intricate designs, textures and color combinations. Each bead is hand crafted one at a time, and some beads can take hours to complete. 

Watch for more necklaces and pieces made with my handmade lampworked beads

 

    Precious metal clay (PMC) is an excellent medium for creating beads, bangles, claps, pendents, keychains, napkin rings and other useful items and adornments. PMC is pure silver particles in an organic binder and water, which you work with just like clay. When the piece is dry, it is fired in a kiln at 1650 degrees. During the firing, the binder burns off and the silver particles fuse together, leaving pure silver, also known as .999 fine silver.

     Each piece is individually crafted (not casted) with some individual beads or pendents taking many hours to create and requiring up to two firings in the kiln. No two pieces are exactly alike. The final weight of each piece varies depending on the amount of silver PMC used. The beads and pendents are then strung with gemstone beads and pearls, but they also look lovely on sterling silver chains.


    
Labrodorite 10 mm lozenge beads strung with sterling silver crimp beads in between. Handmade fine silver focal bead and clasp have bamboo details. 5 x 7 mm freshwater pearl hangs from the handmade silver bead. Necklace is 30" in length with a 2 1/2" drop. 

A handmade toggle clasp.







Russian green serpentine beads with a handmade fine silver clasp and two fine silver polka dot beads. The clasp is meant to wear in the front.

Pinecone keychain made of fine silver, black leather and sterling silver key loop. 

30" 10 mm prehnite and button pearl necklace. Focal drop of a handmade .999 fine silver bead, prehnite and Russian green serpentine. Strung on Beadalon49 wire with a sterling silver magnetic clasp.

Napkin rings of .999 fine silver and dichroic glass cabochons.  

Lapis lazuli 10 mm beads strung with sterling crimp beads and a sterling silver clasp. The pendent is handmade in .999 fine silver and hung with a large baroque pearl.

Round handmade .999 fine silver bamboo bead on an 18" necklace of 10 mm ice flake quartz crystal beads. Magnetic sterling silver clasp.
 

18" rose quartz necklace strung with sterling silver crimp beads in between. Focal drop is a handmade .999 fine silver bead and 11 mm baroque pearl. Clasp is hand carved pink mother of pearl set in sterling silver.

  
Rutilated quartz and clear quartz crystal beads with handmade .999 fine silver oak leaves. Necklace is 17" long. 

 
Blue-green freshwater pearls and clear quartz crystal beads with a handmade .999 fine silver pendent drop. Strung on Beadalon49 with a handmade .999 fine silver clasp. 
 

   
30" pearl and sterling silver necklace with a 2" drop of a handmade .999 fine silver bead and large baroque pearl. Clasp is hand carved mother of pearl set in sterling silver.

Handmade .999 fine silver rectangular bead strung with rainbow flourite beads and a sterling silver clasp.

Handmade .999 fine silver bead strung with brown snow jasper and a sterling silver clasp.

  
Two-sided dog tag style pendent handmade of .999 fine silver. Hung on a sterling silver chain.

Handmade .999 fine silver triangular bead strung with garnet beads and a sterling silver clasp.



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Pendents and beads come in a variety of sizes and shapes.