A sampling of recent work, and a few favorites ... of course, I have some more photos that I'd like to post but they will have to wait until another day.

Mermaids Tears Nova Scotia aqua sea glass
Mermaids Tears Nova Scotia aqua sea glass with Sterling silver

This design is inspired by the phrase, 'Mermaid's Tears', a romantic way refer to sea glass. Aqua is a relatively uncommon color of sea glass. It typically comes from old canning jars in a color no longer produced much today, as well as some soda pop bottles.

 

 

Cobalt blue sea glass pendants in Sterling silver
Cobalt blue sea glass pendants in Sterling silver

Cobalt blue is among the rarest of colors for several reasons:

1) gold is used in the manufacture of cobalt blue glass therefore it is an expensive color to produce

2) cobalt blue was used for small medicine bottles and beauty products such as milk of magnesia and Nivea cream

3) not commonly used today, only a handful of wine bottles are produced in this color

4) a favorite color for many sea glass collectors, it is highly coveted and preferentially picked up off the beach

 

The designs of these pendants showcase the vibrant color.

The pendant on the far right is bonfire glass. It is the result of glass melting under a beach bonfire. Doubly rare to come across a large piece of cobalt blue glass that has been subject to a bonfire.

 

 

Tidal Zone Nova Scotia sea glass pendants with Sterling silver
Tidal Zone Nova Scotia sea glass pendants with Sterling silver

The tidal zone is where sea glass is often found. This design evokes the frothy sea bubbles that burble across the rocks where the ocean meets the land. It is the action of the waves and the salt water that creates shape and characteristic patina of sea glass.

 

Nova Scotia sea glass earrings with glass pearls
Nova Scotia sea glass earrings with glass pearls

 A class design combining glass pearls, sterling wire and sea glass. An excellent choice for a wedding and those with June birthdays.

 

Nova Scotia green sea glass pendant with Sterling silver
Nova Scotia green sea glass pendant with Sterling silver

I love the modern elegance of this design. The geometry of the Sterling bail sets off the organic shape of the sea glass. A sleek smooth snake chain looks perfect with this piece.

 

Heaven on Earth Nova Scotia green sea glass necklace
Heaven on Earth Nova Scotia green sea glass necklace

 The Ancient Chinese expression, 'Heaven on Earth', is symbolized by the square shape (Earth) within a circle (Heaven). It is a symbol of luck. You may recall lucky Chinese pennies with the square hole in the middle.

This design evokes this symbolism. It references the notion of the endless power of the ocean (Nature) to transform and elevate humankind (waste glass transformed to sea glass).

The piece in this photo is on silver plate. I am currently working up a line in Sterling silver with Bermuda beach glass.

 

Large oval hoops with Nova Scotia green sea glass
Large oval hoops with Nova Scotia green sea glass

 These earrings feature a similar 'Heaven on Earth' design. Just love the geometry. Modern, elegant, timeless.

A word on the green sea glass. This is one of the most available colors as it was produced historically and continues to be used today for wine and beer bottles. It comes in a variety of shades that are similar to gem stones:

- lime green => peridot

- Kelly green => emerald

- muted green => jade

I often have to convince people that it is sea glass they are looking at, not real jade! All that to say, while green is a common color of sea glass, it is also one of the most popular, no doubt because it shares a color scheme with revered gem stones, but also because of its uplifting energy.

Stardust earrings with Nova Scotia green sea glass
Stardust earrings with Nova Scotia green sea glass

The bead used in this design evokes those starry nights.

 

Moonshine Nova Scotia clear colorless pendant with Sterling silver
Moonshine Nova Scotia clear colorless pendant with Sterling silver

A design that resonates with many with memories of walking on the beach at dusk. When I go to visit my relatives in Nova Scotia during the summer, I love to walk along the beach in the evening. The full moon is out and so is Venus. I have tried to capture the reflection of the moon and venus sparkling on the ocean with photography, painting and pastels. None of these mediums do my memory justice. This design does. And then there is, of course, the connection with the clear colorless glass typical of the bottles used for moonshine (for those DYI distillers....).

 

White Nova Scotia sea glass pendant and glass pearl earrings with Sterling silver
White Nova Scotia sea glass pendant and glass pearl earrings with Sterling silver

An example of how a set of sea glass jewelry can come together. Wouldn't this be perfect for a wedding? Especially a beach wedding?

Nova Scotia cobalt blue cufflinks
Nova Scotia cobalt blue cufflinks

Speaking of weddings, how about some cufflinks? And you don't need a special shirt. Make your own French cuffs by converting an existing dress shirt by cutting off the button and sewing in a button hole.

Dressing smart is not just for weddings. Add flair (both ladies and gents!) to your dress shirt for any occasion that merits and jacket.

 

Nova Scotia green sea glass cufflinks
Nova Scotia green sea glass cufflinks

 

Nova Scotia white sea glass cufflinks
Nova Scotia white sea glass cufflinks

Love how these are similar to vintage opalescent buttons.

 

Northern California amber sea glass cufflinks
Northern California amber sea glass cufflinks

Yes, this amber glass probably came from beer bottles. Can we say groomsmen gifts???

Preview of the Spring 2015 Collection

Pretty as a picture Sterling silver 925 mark pendants and earrings

Sterling silver earrings Sydney NS green sea glass
Sterling silver earrings Sydney NS green sea glass (ECRNSSYG)
Sterling silver pendants with NS green sea glass
Sterling silver pendants with NS green sea glass

I've spent the morning updating the Events Calendar with all the details needed to track me down this Spring. Here is a summary:

Saturday April 4, 2015 - Love, Handmade Show

Sat & Sun April 25-26, 2015 - OVCC Vibrant!

Fri & Sat May 8-9, 2015 - Glamour in the Glebe

Sat May 30, 2015 - Hintonburg ArtsPark

 

Super excited about participating in the 'Love, Handmade' wedding show!!!

I've been working on new designs using 14 K gold, natural pearls, and sterling silver elements. Photos, soon, I promise! Better yet, visit my booth at the wedding show...

It's soon, Saturday April 4, 2015 from 11 - 4 pm at Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa ON in New Edinburgh. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more details, please visit their website: http://handmadebride.ca/events/love-handmade-show/

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Love, Handmade
Love, Handmade