This collection is a development of the original Bubble collection. Each glass ‘bubble’ is blown individually using coloured glass in a multitude of different shades and a bench mounted flame. Some bubbles are transparent, translucent or opaque, some may be sandblasted to remove the glossy surface, while others have a swirly or mottled pattern. Occasionally, transparent glass bubbles are filled with tiny round faceted stones in complementing colours.
The straight glass drops are made by hand, using a gas torch. They may be painted with lustre and fired to leave a layer of precious metal, either Gold or Platinum, or a transparent colour, permanently adhered to the surface, or sandblasted and then painted with lustre to produce a matte surface, or filled with Cubic Zirconia to add sparkle. They are then attached to handmade sterling silver chains.
In 2007 I was selected for ‘Make Me – Design into Production’ from Design Initiative. I designed a range of jewellery using a laser to cut fluorescent Perspex, which has an exciting ‘Live Edge’ effect; light striking the surface of the Perspex is refracted to exit through the cut edges, producing a ‘lit up’ glow. In order to exploit this, my designs have a large number of edges, internal and external.
This range was inspired by my love of being in a vibrant city after dark. The jewellery is experimental and uses a variety of materials; LEDs, optical fibres, Sterling silver, flame worked and blown glass, beads, metal mesh, acrylic, U.V. reactive paint, etc. Pieces from this range were submitted as part of my final year assessment in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006.
A fun, bright and colourful range using sterling silver and flame worked borosilicate and soda lime glasses. The glass components are filled with a multitude of faceted round cubic zirconia stones in a variety of colours and sizes to add colour and sparkle.
With regards to this Bubble collection, each glass ‘bubble’ is blown individually, by hand, using a gas torch. The bubbles are sealed and may then be painted with lustre and fired to leave a layer of precious metal, either Gold or Platinum, or a transparent colour, permanently adhered to the surface. Some glass may be sandblasted, and then painted with lustre to produce a matte surface, or filled with Cubic Zirconia to add sparkle.
The animal prints in these pieces are made by layering molten Italian coloured glass in a flame. The glass components are then annealed before being made into charms or rings set with black onyx, or ground into a cabochon.
These are pieces made especially for customers, according to their own brief. Please contact me if you have a piece in mind; I am happy to discuss any ideas you may have.