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Chandeliers and Vintage Glass

About this design:

The pale blue drops are hand blown silk glass from West Germany and measure 1 inch in length including the GP bell cap. Apparently silk glass is quite difficult to work with. Given the size of these beads I can see why it would be difficult to hand blow them. The ear rings are finished with small satin Hamilton gold ear wires.

The silver plate filigree chandeliers are 1 1/2 inches long and quite elegant. The beads are Czech glass with a 1/2 AB finish and the small red ones are seed beads. The ear wires are sterling silver with a wire coil and daisy spacer.

At present I am only making simple pieces of jewelry due to my recent eye surgery. I have very good distance vision but close up is still pretty fuzzy. In another week or two I will get glasses that will let me see little bitty stuff. Then I can work on anything!


hand blown silk glass, gold plate ear wires, silver plate filigree chandeliers, Czech glass beads, seed beads, sterling silver ear wires.

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  1. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    I don’t know what silk glass is but it sure is pretty. Nice little bead caps makes it more interesting. I agree with what you said about my recent post. Simple designs can be fine in their own right. In fact sometimes better. The chandelier earrings are cool. I’m going to make more of those because I have a lot of earring findings that I have not used. The blue in your earrings has that milky effect that I love in glass. Such a beautiful piece.

  2. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    LRC, both pair are beautiful. The blue silk really have that look- soft and delicate. The chandeliers are awesome- I especially like the drops- they could work for Holiday or any other time. Love them!

  3. Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 says:

    Loving these, especially the blue. Elegance lies in simplicity!

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Gorgeous glass drops. They must be quite difficult to make. They look wonderful with the caps you chose. I also love the colorful chandeliers. And you used seed beads! Love them.

  5. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Your earrings are beautiful. I haven’t heard of dill glass before but will definitely be on the lookout for some in the future.

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    LRC, the hand blown silk glass drops are lovely. I like how you didn’t fancy them up too much which might have taken away from their delicate beauty. I bet you can’t wait to get the new glasses–then you can play with all the seed beads you like!

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for all of the comments everyone.

    When I first looked at the blue glass drops I thought they might be satin glass but after looking them up on the site where I bought them I found out they are silk glass. I tried to find information on silk glass but couldn’t find a word. It’s a mystery! These are vintage drops and were probably were made during the ’50s. I’ll keep looking and share any information if I find it.

  8. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Both pair are quite lovely!! I don’t get to fancy with earrings as a rule myself. Your earrings are classy and elegant!!

  9. kye
    kye says:

    Oh wow! What beautiful earrings. Both are fantastic. But those silk glass ones are exquisite! I think the simple way you present them is so beautiful. Definitely less is more! Both pair are so elegant.

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