Announcing…

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Jewelry, shopping, lunch with the girls, and decadent dessert – who could ask for anything more? Come to:

   My Just Desserts

31 E. Broadway

Alton, IL

Distinctive Gifts for Mom

And Anyone Else Who

Appreciates Unique Jewelry

April 18 & 19, 11-4

May 2 & 3, 11-4

Handcrafted Jewelry

Featuring Dichroic Fused Glass

By local artist Kerry Ellen

https://kerryellen.wordpress.com

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Happy Accident – Flameworked Bead

Once, when I was working in the flame, trying to melt several rods of glass together, twisting them to create a bead with a marbled effect, the red-hot glass blob got lopsided and fell off.  I had intended something beautiful, but there was nothing I could do.  I couldn’t pick it up – it was too hot!  So I just had to let it go – let it cool – fortunately my work area has a concrete floor.

Later, when I checked on it, I found a wonderful glass glob, striated with turquoise, brown, and ivory marbling – better than anything I could have created, not matter how hard I worked!

Sometimes, the lesson is to just let go – sometimes we are pleasantly surprised!

By Blow Torch Babe!

Springtime Necklace Sets

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Pink and Green for Spring!

This pink and green necklace and earring set celebrates Spring.  The round pink catseye beads are accented by the small spring green glass beads.  The earrings are pink and green crystals, very sweet and light.

Magenta Celtic Cross

Black crystals and magenta glass beads were selected to complement the magenta celtic cross design, which is fused into the black glass base. Perfect for Beltane!

Red and Black and Green All Over?

When you work with Dichroic glass, you can never be too sure that the color you start with will be the same after it is fired in the kiln…so I take some chances, and learn, each time I fire up.  I thought this would be red and black and gold, but the heat turned the glass green.  It’s not what I expected, but I kind of like it – it is definitely one of a kind!  I so picked beads to match the glass, and here you have it – an usual piece – and they certainly don’t sell anything like it in a big box store!

Black & White Elegance

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Black & White Elegance

This piece was created for my friend Sue, who wanted a longer necklace, using just black and white glass beads.  I asked my favorite local bead supplier for “something in black and white, classy, but kind of sassy, too, like Sue herself”!  April (of Three Sisters Crafts in O’Fallon, Illinois) dug in her secret stash for me and showed me these lovely samples – I took one of each package, and put them all together!  For the earrings, I selected some faceted Swarovski black crystal drops and added a few more tiny bicone crystals to finish them. 

Copper Crystals

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Once Sue saw the beautiful coppery faceted Swarovski crystal pendant she ordered as a gift for her friend, she wanted one for herself, but with gold crystals, not amber chips.  I actually designed the necklace a few different times before deciding on this pattern, because it balances the sparkling and the matte, the gold, the copper, and the crystal, the cube, bicones, and pearl shapes so well.   I can’t wait to see Sue wearing it – she will be stunning! (And the jewlery’s not bad, either!)