Well, first of all, I adore the color. It is warm and inviting and looks fabulous with so many other colors. I am naturally attracted to hues of orange and brown - those natural woodsy tones as I can be an outdoorsy kinda gal. I can see copper when I'm hiking through the woods, amongst the spring flowers, in a magnificent summer sunset, in the picturesque fall landscape of the Catskill Mountains, or crackling in a toasty winter fire. It is everything warm.
If you look at most of the jewelry I create you will find that a very common theme in addition to my RiverGlass is copper wire. I work with Argentium sterling silver and have created a necklace with gold filled wire, but by far, my favorite thus far has been copper.
Copper wire offers a uniqueness to my jewelry pieces. It may not be considered a precious metal, like gold or silver, but it is just as beautiful. I certainly don't have anything against precious metals and will continue to add more sterling silver and gold pieces to my collections, but copper is where I became comfortable with wire wrapping. Copper is where I honed my skills. Copper is where wire weaving was first conquered. Copper is my trusted jewelry "companion". I am not the first to use it and certainly will not be the last, but hopefully I have made it stunning.
Kings and queens of Egypt wore it proudly, as did the wealthy. The Greeks believed copper represented their goddess, Venus, and it was used to attract love and guard against evil. Tibetan elders hold on to copper bracelets as precious holy relics. Native Americans wore and traded their copper jewelry with settlers of their time. In the 1930's, Franciso Rebajes created jewelry from solid copper and the popularity of copper jewelry in America began to grow.
Copper is timeless. It has been worn for thousands of years. I use a tarnish resistant product which helps to keep that original color and shine as copper will patina. Your necklace will be a timeless treasure.
I simply adore lilac stone~
it has a soft, delicate purple hue.
Coupled with lite silk Swarovski crystals we see a simple elegance.
Matte gold seed beads and matte dusty rose seed beads
offer depth and color.
These earring measure 2 inches in length
are a compliment to our "Noir" necklace,
found in our Copper Collection.
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I always create jewelry that I think is beautiful, but sometimes there is a piece that wins my heart.
Maybe it's the turquoise coloring or maybe it has to do with the beading on the pendant.
Whatever the reason, this is one of my favorite necklaces.
I have a plethora of clear glass shards that I don't think I will ever use up.
This piece is mostly smooth and triangular with curved ribbing from what looks like lettering found on a mason glass jar. What sets this pendant apart from the rest is the dangling blue and brown beads that give it a whimsical feel. Copper wire is the perfect accent to these bead colors.
The brown and amber glass beads offer a soft hugh and are surrounded by light blue bugle beads. Also incorporated in the necklace are magnificent blue green magnesite gemstones, which resemble turqoise and help provide a southwestern style. The magnesite is combined with white cats eye beads for a slight shimmer in the right light.
As with most of our necklaces our clasps are hand-crafted.
This necklace features an s-clasp made from 18 gauge, tarnish resistant copper wire.
The pendant is 1.5 inches in length and dangles at my clavicle.
The entire necklace measures 19 inches long.
This necklace is perfect for any occasion.
It can be worn with that pretty dress for a country wedding
or a simple t-shirt and jeans.
Add this unique, eco friendly piece of wearable art
to your collection today!
Often times we find glass pieces that have interesting textures in them. I have found floral designs, diamonds, polka dots, ribbing, and even crosses embossed into the glass. These are some of the most fun shards to work with.
This particular piece of clear glass has ripples moving upwards to the left with a slight curve at the bottom tip creating depth to our copper wrapped pendant. I wrapped it simply with 24 gauge copper wire to highlight the ribbing.
non-tarnish copper s-links and s-clasp,
pink crackle glass beads,
tan seed beads,
brown seed beads,
brown glass beads,
and pink and brown rectangular lampwork beads
complete our necklace.
This statement necklace measures 17 inches long with a 1.5 inch pendant.
It is a part of our Copper Collection.
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This is my wheel house!
If all I ever created was jewelry in earth tones I would be happy.
The inspiration for this necklace came from a piece of broken pottery I found along the Hudson River. After refining it a bit by smoothing its sharp edges, I wrapped it in 21 gauge square copper wire and 24 gauge round copper wire.
Fancy Marble beads surrounded by gold seed beads compliment the tone of the pottery,
while khaki Swarovski bicone crystals and charcoal black pearls give this necklace a bit of depth.
The s-links and s-clasp are all hand-crafted with brilliant non-tarnish copper wire.
Copper is the perfect metal companion to my maroon pottery as it helps to highlight the dramatic colors of the pendant, marble, crystals, and pearls.
Learn more about this necklace and all of our wearable art in our shop!
So, OK! Now I had a piece of usable glass. How was I going to make it into a necklace. Luckily in my research meanderings I found examples of other jewelry artists wrapping glass in wire. That is ultimately where I got my inspiration. I took what I saw them doing and tried it myself. Simple wire wrapping. I used stainless steel wire that I picked up at the hardware store and bent it into shape until my glass was re-imaginged into a pendant. I looked at it and thought it was marvelous. Using some of the skills I had picked up from that jewelry making kit, I assembled an entire necklace, and was quite impressed with myself.
When I first started out making jewelry, I went to the local Joann's or Michaels or A.C. Moore and bought myself a simple jewelry making kit. It consisted of two necklace and earring sets. I had never played with beads before or opened a jump ring but new that I had a crafty side and could figure it all out. I eagerly opened the package and got to work. To my disappointment, I was finished too quickly. What I discovered, however, was that I could do this. Not only could I do this, but I could do more. I could become more involved in a design, in the production, in the creativity of it all. That is when I first new our re-claimed glass could actually become a piece of jewelry.I had a new obstacle to overcome now. The glass was U-G-L-Y. How was I going to transform it into something magnificent, let alone something wearable? Enter in the internet. I spent days searching and re-searching how to shape, grind, smooth, and polish glass without destroying it. I learned the difference in types of glass, what sea glass was, and what quantified a piece of glass as sea glass. We had a "Dremel"-like tool, and when I got bored with reading, (because I am more of a hands on discoverer) I simply jumped in and started grinding away. I experimented with different grits, different speeds, even different attachments until I finally figured it out enough to say, "Hey, this looks like something I can use!"
One of my first creations!
Looking back at those first RiverGlass creations, I can truly say I've come a long way baby! My technique has improved, the materials are much better quality, and designs are more refined. Before I began making jewelry, I never thought someday I would. Today, a day doesn't go by that I don't think of my current project or my next design. It is more apart of me than I ever thought it would be.
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.
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