Drop earrings made from my individually handmade lampwork glass beads. The glass has a soft dove grey core, and is decorated with silvered ivory bands and the tiniest pure silver trails and droplets under a coat of clear glass. Framed with sterling silver, these little globes remind me of miniature planets or solar systems.
Approximate drop length from earwire 19 mm Lampwork beads approximately 8 mm by 11 mm
Contemporary lampwork glass jewellery by glass artist and designer Carolyn Grant.
Handmade in my home studio in Cheshire, England, I create sterling silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets using my own handcrafted lampwork glass beads. Formed in a hot flame using a propane and oxygen powered torch, each lampwork bead is individually handmade and unique. My lampwork glass forms the focal part of my jewellery designs, each one a tiny little work of art. There is something hypnotic about working with hot glass, manipulating it in the flame and using a combination of heat and gravity to control the flow and create something beautiful. I learn something new every time I fire up my torch, and hope that my fascination with glass translates into my jewellery.