Two weeks have passed quickly in some ways and at a snail's pace in others. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a week and a half ago and was dealing with the flu like symptoms for a week and a half prior to that. I have discovered that though I am taking antibiotics the symptoms don't disappear quickly and the side effects of Doxycycline aren't all that pleasant either. So as I battle nauseousness, fatigue, and difficulty in thinking clearly I have been spending a lot of time this past week updating current store listings and posting new necklaces in our shop. Our blog is filled with jewelry pieces right now and this entry is another new creation.
I am thrilled to introduce my "Heart of the Ocean"!
I call it Blue River.
Wire weaving this pendant with dark blue, light blue, and clear seed beads, then finishing it with a wire sculpted heart with accents of these same beads was the beginning of my re-imagined creation.
Hand-crafted copper wire components with Swarovski crystal rounds, Spot Sodalite gemstones, and blue & clear seed beads were used to fashion an elegant necklace that can be worn any time.
This can become YOUR "Heart of the Ocean"!
Learn more about Blue River at our RiverGlass Creations Store.
As I picked up a piece of glass we had collected along the river I could imagine an amazing light amber pendant. As I began to work at it, smoothing its edges I was astonished to see a subtle pink hue replace the dirty amber film. I was thrilled and got to work.
Rare pink RiverGlass found along the Hudson River in Catskill, NY has been wrapped in non-tarnish copper wire to create this elegant Princess Collection necklace.
Green Advent, Rose Quartz, Black and Sage Seed Beads have been combined with Vintage Rose Swarovski Briolettes and each copper component has been hand-crafted in our studio.
The pendant is 1.75 inches and the necklace measures 15 inches long.
Learn more HERE.
After my mother broke a vase that she received as a gift from my brother who served in Okinawa, she asked me if I might be able to re-purpose the pieces. We created this necklace from a piece of that vase by wrapping it in non-tarnish copper wire.
It is combined with:
Swarovski crystal briolettes, and
green, rose, and gold seed beads.
The copper components, s-links and clasp, are all hand-crafted and are used to create a necklace that measures 15.5 inches in length. At no extra cost our necklace can be adjusted by adding links near the clasp if you prefer or need a longer length.
For more information about this magnificent necklace
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Recycled green RiverGlass combed from the Hudson River has been wrapped in copper wire to create a one of kind pendant in this magnificent necklace.
We have hand-crafted all of the copper wire components in this necklace and combined them with Swarovski crystals, desert fossil beads, dark purple crackle glass, and green and gold seed beads.
This necklace is 16 inches long.
At no extra cost our necklace can be adjusted by adding links near the clasp if you prefer or need a longer length.
Violette, is a 16 inch Copper Collection necklace, created using recycled glass found along the Hudson River. We have wrapped it in copper wire and combined it with Rainbow Fluorite, Purple Fluorite, Sea Green New "Jade", clear and gold seed beads, and non-tarnish copper wire findings hand-crafted in our shop: s-links, and an s-clasp. At no extra cost our necklaces can be adjusted by adding links near the clasp if you prefer or need a longer length.
All of our jewelry is made using recycled glass found on the Hudson River shoreline. We gather the glass and bring it to our workshop where it is cleaned, smoothed and polished. The glass is "Re-purposed, Re-imagined, and Re-created" into a unique piece of wearable art.
Join in our efforts to protect and preserve our environment for future generations. Each necklace made and purchased brings us one step closer to restoring the Hudson River to its former natural beauty.
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I am a wife and homeschool mom with a passion for designing jewelry. I never imagined myself creating a jewelry line of my own. You could say it kinda fell into my lap. But despite the happenstance of it, I fell in love and I am addicted.
When I sit in my workshop and pick up my RiverGlass, my mind floats into design mode. The wire dances around the glass and beauty forms. Something discarded becomes something desired.
I am addicted. Addicted to creating, addicted to beauty, addicted to nature, and addicted to making a difference.
The one thing more outstanding than the fact that I get to feed my hunger for creativity is that the result of what I create is a catalyst for something greater than myself. Even though in the grand scheme of the world I might play a very small part, re-purposing glass picked from the Hudson River bank is a step in the direction of environmental preservation. I adore nature, I adore this world. Most of all I adore it when it is clean and safe.
I believe that God created this world; I believe that He gave us dominion over the Earth; and I believe it is our responsibility to take care of it any way we are able. If a simple piece of jewelry makes the littlest bit of difference, I will continue to create.
Nothing could stop me!
This past week, while at the local library, I found a book titled Timeless Wire Weaving: The Complete Course, written by Lisa Barth. My eyes lit up as I love to use wire in my jewelry creations. So, I quickly scooped up the book and checked it out, excited to go home to study the pictures and techniques I was going to find in its pages.
Once I opened and began to flip through this new treasure, my mind began to weave patterns and ideas of things I could create with my glass, and I couldn't wait to cut my first length of copper wire. I took one of Lisa's simpler designs and began to weave copper and brown seed beads... just to see if what I made could be any good. I was thrilled with what was laying on the table in front of me.
The question was, "What was I going to do with my 'practice' piece?"
I decided to make an attempt at wrapping my wire and bead strand around a piece of clear RiverGlass and what was forged was stunning!
This was no longer going to be a 'practice' piece.
I walked away from my work space for the night and thought intently on how to complete my necklace. The pendent was unique and it required a necklace just as spectacular as it was.
The next day I returned to my work table and resumed my work.
Deciding to weave two more strands, I began again just as I had the night before.
Knowing that it was not nearly long enough to complete the necklace,
I walked away again, not certain what the final piece of this puzzle would be.
The third day came and I sat again. Only this time I sat, and looked, and thought, and sat some more.
Finally, I began to string brown bugle beads. These beads allowed for a simple, not so bulky, ending for this stunning necklace.
I hope you love this necklace just as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Eco really can be elegant!
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was a great year for us as we continued to grow in both skill and business. This year alone the Princess collection was born along with our Leather pieces which cater to both male and female shoppers. Some of our pendants were crafted using Okinawan Vase pieces and we found a love for using Swarovski Crystals with our elegant designs. We also took custom orders for two clients, creating one-of-a-kind necklaces that were priceless & personal.
RiverGlass Creations is excited to usher in the new year. We are eager to share new products and create new relationships with local business owners. Some items that we hope to add to our collection this year are votive candle holders and soap dishes. RiverGlass Creations will continue to create the unique, wearable art it is know for with hopes of adding rings to the mix as well.
We hope that this year finds you with great joy and success.
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