Lampwork Glass Bead Necklace
Measurements: Necklace is 18.75 inches long.
Handmade by Julia Bonney of Bonney Beads
Turquoise pairs beautifully with ivory and olive green in a necklace that looks like earth and sky and feels like spring. Strung with faceted sterling silver beads and finished with tiny faceted Czech glass beads and a pewter toggle.
I make beads from glass rods that come from Italy, Germany, China, and the U.S. They are soda lime glass, also known as soft glass, and are essentially the same type of glass developed centuries ago by Italian glassmakers.
Sitting at a torch that's about 3,000 degrees I melt, shape, and decorate the glass, and then anneal my beads in a kiln overnight to make them strong and stable. I use my beads to construct jewelry and to create beaded handles for objects such as jam spoons, cheese knives, and coffee scoops. I especially enjoy this aspect of my work because I like creating pieces that are functional. In my jewelry I incorporate sterling silver chain and findings and sometimes semi-precious stones such as citrine, turquoise, lapis, and pyrite. Each of my handcrafted glass beads is individually made and is one of a kind.