So, my school has a really cool workshop which has some lamps for working glass. The guys who run the shop don't really know what to do with them, but there's a glassblowing club which insures funding for stuff like glass to work with and all that. Anywho, another student who's really adept offered some classes this year, so I learned how to make marbles! I've had to stop going to the classes, but in my spare time I've been working on my own projects. One of the first things I did after mastering clear marbles is to make teardrop charms. The first one was a marble gone wrong, actually.
Well, I've gotten much better at it, so I decided to make my grandmother some jewelry for her birthday.
For this set I made one larger teardrop pendant and two itty-bitty ones. The loops on the earring bits are shaped slightly differently because of the way they hang on the posts. I bought the posts, chain, and clasp pieces from Michaels and assembled the necklace myself. (I used to make chain-mail jewelry, so this was super-duper easy)
Here's my friend, Andy, modeling the necklace for me. You can sort of make out his beard at the top of the pic
Sorry these next few are a bit blurry: it's hard to photograph clear glass! This is a close-up of the necklace pendant.
Blurry earrings. You can tell they aren't exactly identical, but I got pretty close I think. I ended up with three and these two looked similar enough that I decided to call it quits. I don't know what to do with the spare, maybe I'll put it in my dreads
So, after I finished making the pieces for my grandma, I decided to play with colorful glass a bit. This was not my first attempt, merely my first successful one. In the past I have come very close with a lovely gray glass, a lovely pink one, and various others. The gray was my favorite, but it kept exploding. Anyway, this turned out well pretty much by luck I think. It also has the neatest stem of any piece I've made to date!
This was also difficult to get non-blurry pictures of
I didn't make this chain, it's just one I already had lying around.
This is a bad picture, but it gives you an idea of the color. And you can almost make out how tiny and neat the stem is
Here I am, modeling the necklace. Isn't it sparkly and pretty
Sorry for all the pics, I'm really proud of these pieces though. Comments are welcome.