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Glass Blueberries
and Blueberry Jewelry

Rotating images of glass blueberry jewelry, sculpture and beads

Ripe Blueberry Earrings on Silver V- Wires
Ripe Blueberry Earrings
Sterling Silver
EBBR-CVS
Single Ripe Blueberry Necklace with Swarovski Crystals on Sterling Silver
Single Ripe Blueberry Necklace
Swarovski Crystals
Sterling Silver
NBBR-ELS
Unripe Blueberry Earrings on Silver V- Wires
Unripe Blueberry Earrings
Sterling Silver
EBBU-CVS
Single Unripe Blueberry Necklace on with Swarovski Crystals on Sterling Silver
Single Unripe Blueberry Necklace
Swarovski Crystals
Sterling Silver
NBBU-ELS
Triple Ripe Blueberry Necklace with Swarovski Crystals on Sterling Silver
Triple Ripe Blueberry Necklace
Swarovski Crystals
Sterling Silver
NBBR-FLS
Blueberry Earrings w Dark Green Glass Leaves on Silver V-Wires
Blueberry Earrings
Dark Green Leaves
Sterling Silver V-Wires
EBBR-EVS
Blueberry Earrings w Light Green Glass Leaves on Silver V-Wires
Blueberry Earrings
Light Green Leaves
Sterling Silver V-Wires
EBBR-FVS
Triple Unripe Blueberry Necklace on Sterling Silver
Triple Unripe Blueberry Necklace
Swarovski Crystals
Sterling Silver
NBBU-FLS
Triple Ripe Blueberry Cluster-Style Necklace with Handmade Glass Leaves
Triple Ripe Blueberry Cluster
With Handmade Leaves
Sterling Silver
NBBR-GLS
Necklace with Single Blueberry and Glass Leaf Sliding Pendant
Single Blueberry and Leaf
Sliding Pendant
Sterling Silver
NBBR-NLS-1
Man's Single Blueberry Necklace with Sterling Silver on Rubber Cord
Man's Single Blueberry Necklace Rubber Cord
Sterling Silver
NBBR-NLS
Triple Unripe Blueberry Cluster-Style Necklace with Handmade Glass Leaves
Triple Unripe Blueberry Cluster
With Handmade Leaves
Sterling Silver
NBBU-GLS
Triple Blueberry Necklace on Sterling Silver Wheat Chain
Triple Blueberry Necklace Sterling Silver Wheat Chain
NBBU-MLS
Four Blueberry Cluster Necklace on Sterling Silver
Four Blueberry Cluster Necklace
Sterling Silver
NBBR-MLS
Lochmere Necklace on 14K Gold
Lochmere Necklace
14K Gold
NBFC-D14
Thirteen Blueberry Necklace with Cubic Zirconia and Sterling Silver
Thirteen Blueberry Necklace
Cubic Zirconia
Sterling Silver
NBBR-NHS
Blueberry Earrings with Water Drops and Cubic Zirconia on Sterling Silver
Blueberry Earrings w Water Drops
Cubic Zirconia
Sterling Silver
EBBR-NHS
Auburn One-of-a-Kind Blueberry Choker with Glass Leaves on 18K Yellow Gold
Auburn Blueberry Choker
18K Yellow Gold
NBBR-18Y19
Ripening Five Blueberry Bracelet with Glass Leaves and Swarovski Crystals
Five Blueberry Bracelet
Swarovski Crystals
Sterling Silver
RBBR-ELS
Fifteen Glass Blueberry Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals on Sterling Silver
Fifteen Blueberry Bracelet
with Swarovski Crystals
Sterling Silver
RBBU-ELS
Blueberry Bracelet with Water Drops and Leaves on Sterling Silver
Blueberry Bracelet with Leaves
Sterling Silver
RBBR-AMS
Blueberry Necklace with Glass Leaves on Sterling Silver
Blueberry Necklace with Leaves
Sterling Silver
Ten Blueberry Brooch on Sterling Silver Pin
Ten Blueberry Brooch
Sterling Silver
HBBU-ABS
Blueberry Necklace with Glass Leaves on Sterling Silver
Four Blueberry Brooch
with Handmade Leaves
Sterling Silver
HBBU-BPS
Ripe Glass Blueberry Sculpture
Ripe Blueberry
Sculptures
SBBR
Unripe Glass Blueberry Sculpture
Unripe Blueberry
Sculptures
SBBU
Ripe Glass Blueberry Beads European Style with Sterling Grommets
Ripe Blueberry Glass
Beads European Style
w Sterling Silver Grommets
BBBR-PLG
Ripe Glass Blueberry Beads European Style with Sterling Liners
Ripe Blueberry Glass
Beads European Style
w Sterling Silver Liners
BBBR-PLS
Ripe Glass Blueberry Beads with Vertical Beadholes
Ripe Blueberry
Glass Beads
with Vertical Beadholes
BBBR-V
Unripe Glass Blueberry Beads with Vertical Beadholes
Unripe Blueberry
Glass Beads
with Vertical Beadholes
BBBU-V
Ripe Glass Blueberry Beads With Wire Stems
Ripe Blueberry
Glass Beads
with Wire Stems
BBBR-W
Unripe Glass Blueberry Beads With Wire Stems
Unripe Blueberry
Glass Beads
with Wire Stems
BBBU-W

The How and Why of My Blueberries

The handmade glass blueberries you see on these pages are individually sculpted in the flame of a torch from rods of colored Italian glass. The powdery coating on the surface is actually a dusting of finely ground blue glass that has been completely melted into the surface of each blueberry so that it cannot be scratched or chipped off.

My affection for blueberries comes from many youthful summers of picking them, one-by-one, from the wild-growing bushes on the shores of a lake. They always seemed worth the effort when you could immediately eat everything you picked. However, as an young adult I discovered that picking blueberries from the low-type bushes that grew wild in forest clearings was a lot more work, especially if I tried to exercise some self-control and accumulate enough to bake a pie. I was saved by my Nana, who taught me about a magical device called a blueberry comb. This was a small wooden box with a few finish nails pounded into the edge about ¼” apart. Viola! You could “comb” the blueberries from the bush, with the stems and leaves sliding between the nails and the blueberries falling into the box.

I have recently begun to make my glass blueberries in varying degrees of ripeness from completely green through fully ripe. I start by hand-mixing just the right tone of “unripe” green glass. Once it has been shaped, the glass blueberry is then layered with many coats of transparent red and blue enamels to give it the blush of partially ripened fruit.

Over the years my smiling Dad has often teased that, if there are any blueberries in the basket with their stems still attached, they always wind up in HIS bowl of cereal. So when I made the first bunch of glass blueberries as a gift for my Dad, it tickled me to create one with a little copper wire “stem” still attached. Naturally it was his favorite berry in the bunch.

I really enjoy making a mixed grouping of glass blueberries for someone who is collecting them as sculpture. It’s fun to include a wide variety of sizes, and although most of the blueberries will be ripe it really lights up the group to have a couple of less-ripe ones thrown in. The final touches of realism are a few berries with imperfections such as stems or little brown spots. I have seen people sort through a whole bowl full of glass blueberries just to find the “imperfect” ones.

Creating the glass blueberries with copper wire stems gave me a means to hang them as beads, and I also make glass blueberry beads with bead holes that run vertically through them. You can buy these beads individually to create your own glass blueberry jewelry. I’m happy to make them in the sizes, degree of ripeness and bead types that you specify.

More information about the components and construction of each piece is available by clicking on the thumbnail photos above. For ordering information, follow this link to the Ordering and Contact Page.

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