JUST IN TIME FOR THE KEENE ART TOUR!

I’ve been collecting ancient glass for awhile now. There are sites of old glass factories in Pakastan, which are 1,000 to 2,000 years old. Modern folks are gathering the glass shards from broken bowls and bracelets, and reshaping them into wonderful, beautiful beads.

I love the colorful tube beads made from ancient glass bangle bracelets.

Retooled beads from ancient glass bangle bracelets. Miniature works of art!
Retooled beads from ancient glass bangle bracelets. Miniature works of art!

But I especially love the translucent shards make from broken vases and bowls. They have amazing patina, and I can hardly bear to cut one from its strand and use it in jewelry.

I am haunted by water these days. I dream of the Pacific Ocean. I’m obsessed with those old Japanese fishing floats.

Probably not authentic, but I don't care, the color is right!
Probably not authentic, but I don’t care, the color is right!

And I’ve been working almost non-stop with these old water-color glass shards and semi-precious stones–apatite, amazonite, peridot, freshwater pearls–in aqua, pale greens, turquoise, teal and blue.

Here are some images of necklaces I’ve made. To give them that old, collected-over-time look, I’ve used antiqued brass chains and findings, bronze metal beads, recycled found metal beads in copper, brass, silver. Every single one is different.

Ancient glass, prehnite, peridot, apatite, pearls.
Ancient glass, prehnite, peridot, apatite, pearls.

Repurposed stone pendants from antique Afghani necklaces, ancient glass, pearls, kyanite.
Repurposed stone pendants from antique Afghani necklaces, ancient glass, pearls, kyanite.

Some are bronze rings with multiple drops--lovely!
Some are bronze rings with multiple drops–lovely!

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Of course, you can’t have a signature necklace without coordinating earrings, can you? I’ll try to post pics of those, too, before the big weekend.

Enjoy!