Cane Glass Bead Stirrup Earrings

$ 30.00 (CAD)

I call these “Stirrup” earrings. These Cane Glass Bead Earrings remind me of stirrups on a saddle, some people think they look like little handbags. The brightly colored handblown glass beads are combined with .925 Sterling silver. There are many colours or combinations of colours available other than what is shown here. Custom orders welcome, email me and let me know what colour you require! As these are handmade there may be slight differences in the item pictured and the one you receive. Each pair of earrings comes in a gift box with an artist card.

If you would like to purchase a pair of these earrings and have them shipped Regular Mail Oversize Envelope, no tracking, no insurance, we offer that option. The cost to ship 1 pair of earrings  is

Shipping in Canada $ 2.00                  Shipping to USA $2.75 USD.

Contact me to take advantage of these savings and I will invoice you accordingly.

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Description

The Cane glass beads used in these Hand Blown Cane Glass Bead Stirrup Earrings are Hand Made in Canada by Virginia Wilson Toccalino and Tony Toccalino using Italian glass working techniques, at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills, On.

First they gather molten glass at 2100 F from the furnace on a blowpipe. A layer of densely  coloured glass is added. Several layers of clear, molten crystal are added  to create the size of bead desired. Coloured glass canes or rods (made by the artists) are added to create stripes and spiralling patterns on the beads. A bubble is inserted through the blowpipe into the mass of glass.

The glass is heated and shaped until the shape and temperature is just right.  All this is determined at the discretion of the glassblower! At that point this becomes a team event when Tony and Virginia stretch the glass into tubes. The glass stretches much like taffy to the length and diameters desired.

After the glass rods are cut into usable lengths, they are put into a digitally controlled kiln and annealed .  This adds strength and durability to the glass. They are cut into beads lengths and polished through several polishing stages to wet mint condition beads.

After the beads go through the polishing process, they are ready to be strung with .925 Sterling Silver beads into jewelry.

Being an admirer of the Venetian Style Filigree and Ribbon Glass rods and beads, Virginia believed they were beautiful enough to stand alone as a focal point in jewelry.

Your Cane Glass Bead Stirrup Earrings will arrive in a gift box with an informative artists card.

 

Additional information

Weight 27 g
Dimensions 0.375 × 12 × 0.375 cm
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