YOU ARE PURCHASING ONE (1) BLACKBERRY BEAD.
THE PHOTOS OF THE BLACKBERRY PENDANT AND NECKLACE ARE INCLUDED TO SHOW HOW THE BEADS LOOK WHEN INCORPORATED INTO JEWELRY. THE PENDANT AND NECKLACE ARE NOT FOR SALE AS PART OF THIS LISTING.
This bead is 17-19mm in high - about the size of a wild blackberry. It is a good size for a pendant but would be too large for earrings. The beadhole runs vertically through the berry. The inside diameter of the beadhole is about 1.5mm and fits headpins up to 20 gauge.
Like real blackberries, each of the Glass Blackberry Beads you see above contains a few reddish not-quite-ripe cells and the center plug that remained inside when it was picked. Completely ripe (all black) blackberries are available by special order. These beads are formed one cell at a time in the flame of a torch, and variations in color are achieved by hand-mixing colored glass. As a result the color will not rub, flake or chip off and no two blackberry beads are exactly alike.
Like real blackberries, these beads are essentially hollow. However, I have filled in the space at the lowest levels to reinforce the base and add weight to the bottom of the berry, helping it to hang straighter. The beadhole extends from the bottom center of the berry up through the "plug" at the top. This is the ideal orientation for hanging on a headpin.
The photos above are representative of the glass blackberry beads I make in this style. THE BEAD YOU RECEIVE WILL BE SIMILAR TO, BUT NOT EXACTLY THE SAME AS, THE ONE(S) SHOWN ABOVE. There will be some minor variations in the shape, size and color patterns of each bead.
I fill orders promptly and ship via USPS Priority Mail with insurance and tracking included, no signature required.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD
Glass beads and jewelry are not toys. Like all small, hard objects they represent a choking hazard. Keep your glass beads, sculpture and jewelry out of the reach of children. Do not display or store glass berry beads or sculptures where they could be confused with real fruit. Never put glass beads or sculptures into your mouth.
Dropping glass beads onto hard surfaces may chip, crack or break the glass. Inspect jewelry on a regular basis for signs of wear and tear and do not wear jewelry that has loose or broken parts. If you break your glass beads or jewelry I may be able to repair them. Please contact me by clicking the "Contact the shop owner" link to discuss your repair. Always use caution when handling cracked or broken glass.