The muse of 'The Christmas Apple' is an apple lampwork bead I came upon - the first and only apple I have ever seen from a glass studio. I snapped it up and wished there were a dozen more! "The Christmas Apple' incorporates the lampwork beads of several international glass artists, spanning from the USA to England and on to Israel!
The central set of lampwork beads are by a recent 'find' - an American artist whose signature style is what I call 'mystic portals,' beads encased with a thick layer of glass, with interesting portals of glass peppering the bead surface along with interesting scrolls & ribbons - narrow lines of glass, snaking around the perimeter. Her bead designs inspire idea after idea in their whimsy and perfection. This set is a holiday set done in apple red, lime green, green and white with candy stripe ribbons and red polka dots sticking up like cheerful snowberries and include the round beads seen in the bracelet base as well as the three 3-D flowers which are simply sublime. This set is paired with companion lampwork by an artist who makes these wonderful 'bubble' lampwork beads - done in bubbly green. Extraordinary work and full of great spirit and joy for the upcoming season. More companion lampwork beads used to create, 'The Christmas Apple,' include:
* Teal & Mint green 3D lampwork flowers and two colors of leaves
* White bumpy dot mini lampwork beads like so many snowballs
* White polka dot lampwork discs
* Green lampwork square spacers - so unusual and spirited
* Gorgeous red cranberry rounds and one larger bumpy clear bead
* Lime green hollow orbs, like fisherman net floaters
* A peppermint lampwork sculptural bead
* One lampwork ice block lampwork bead
* One amazing red apple
You will also find faceted quartz stone faceted briolettes; clear, faceted quartz cubes; elegant big freshwater Baroque pearls; faceted quartz rondelles; cranberry colored furnace beads by the esteemed David Christensen; sterling silver daisy spacers and snowflake spacers by Bali & Hilltribe silversmiths along with a charming sterling silver spacer beads, white sterling beadcaps and rings. Sterling silver charms include a holly leaf, an ornate snow sled, a santa head and a wreath. The toggle clasp is made by a local silversmith who uses the old wax technique and echos the star pattern of the main flowers of the bracelet.
'The Christmas Apple' measures @ 8.5 inches in length and can be adjusted to most any bracelet length for no additional fee, aside from return postage.
'The Christmas Letter' is a luxe winter holiday piece - for all the holiday parties, for 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and taking the town by storm, in heels and a 'little black dress,' or in a group of carolers, all dressed in cozy woolen mittens, caps and scarves ~ watching your breath in the cold air, drinking hot cider and reveling in the joy of being alive, being together & giving thanks for the season of spiritual and celestial birth.
Note that all my photos are taken in natural lighting. I tend to wait until the late afternoon when I can capture the depth and texture of the piece and the individual shine and angles of each bead. I did include a few shots of the piece in full, but setting sunlight in order to capture the elegant sparkle of the piece.
Custom bracelets (and bracelet-watches) are an option available to you. If you have a look, theme or color scheme you would like, please let me know. I would be happy to work with you to design a piece using lampwork artisan beads of your choosing from my current selection. Custom pieces usually take 1 week to design and create. Depending upon lampwork, gemstones and sterling components used, custom bracelets in this style cost between $325-$575. If you would like to pursue a custom order, I will create (just for your use) a custom eBay auction accordingly so that we abide by eBay rules and I keep them 'in the loop.'
* (all designs copyrighted under Whitetidelinedesigns).