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Ripening Glass Salmonberry Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals on 14/20 Gold-Filled

Ripening Glass Salmonberry Bracelet
with Swarovski Crystals on 14/20 Gold-Filled

This Glass Salmonberry Bracelet features five of my glass Salmonberry beads. The glass salmonberries are accented by small green glass leaves and by Swarovski crystals in various shades of orange, golden-yellow and yellow to mimic ripening berries. These Salmonberry beads were created one at a time by melting glass rods in the flame of a torch and building them up cell by cell. No two are exactly alike.

Unfortunately, no manufacturer makes glass in the colors of natural salmonberries so I must always mix my own glass colors to make them. This process involves mixing together as many as three different shades of clear, orange and yellow glass. As they ripen real salmonberries begin with an unripe bright yellow color which deepens to tart-ripe apricot, and eventually to an fully-ripe dark orange with a raspberry blush. When mixing color for Salmonberry beads I generally try to duplicate the apricot-yellow color for which they are most famous. Because no paint has been used in their making the color of these beads will never rub, flake or chip off.

For strength the bracelet is strung on 49-strand stainless steel beading wire with a green covering and it is finished with 14/20 Gold-Filled findings. The length of the bracelet you see above can be adjusted between 7 and 9 inches by clipping the lobster clasp into the link of your choice. I can also make the bracelet in a different length, with different clasp style or with sterling silver findings if you prefer - just specify your requirements in your email when you order.

You can see other Salmonberry jewelry by viewing the Salmonberries Page of this site. Salmonberry jewelry can also be custom made with high-karat gold or platinum findings and accented with gemstone beads. Some examples can be viewed on the Custom Jewelry Page.

Ordering information is available on the Order and Contact Page.

Image by Dean Johnson, April 23, 2011

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