Monday, April 18, 2016

Glowing Jewelry Inspirations

Our latest bead giveaway has come to a close! Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and to Harvey at The Big Purple Barn for sponsoring the giveaway. Our winner was Abigail, who chose Antique Uranium Glass Spacers as her favorite beads from the shop. They are definitely a perfect example of the uniqueness in salvage and recycled glass beads.

Antique Uranium Glass Lampwork Beads by The Big Purple Barn Antique Uranium Glass Lampwork Beads by The Big Purple Barn
Uranium Glass Beads by The Big Purple Barn

Uranium glass – sometimes referred to as Vaseline glass – was very popular in the first half of the 20th century. The uranium additives were used to achieve particular colors, but also gave the pieces the ability to glow under a black light. Production waned with the scarcity of uranium, turning the (minutely) radioactive glass designs into valuable collectables.

Inspired by the vintage appeal of these beads, I went on a hunt for some Jazz Age jewelry tutorials. Some of these could probably be adapted to include lampwork beads – either way, they’re fabulous. I was really hoping to find some projects inspired by Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, but I couldn’t seem to find any. Since I’m halfway through my second viewing of the series, I might have to come up with my own!

Jet Necklace by Creativity in Pieces
Art Deco Jet Necklace by Creativity in Pieces

Roaring 20's Chain Jewelry Projects by Rena Klingenberg
Roaring 20's Chain Jewelry Tutorials by Rena Klingenberg

Great Gatsby Bracelet by M&J Trimming
Great Gatsby Bracelet Tutorial by M&J Trimming

What’s your favorite art deco jewelry style?


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  1. I, too, have discovered Miss Fischer! Her jewelry and clothes are definitely the star of this series!!!

  2. Hi, massive fan of Phryne here, I'd love it if you came up with your own Miss Fisher inspired designs.


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