Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Laura Tidey & African Violets

I wish you could meet my friend Laura Tidey, the gal who makes lampwork beads for me and other jewelry artists. Even her studio is inspiring and she makes her craft look effortless. Anyone who's tried knows it takes hours and hours of tedious practice to be a good lampwork artist. She has a great imagination and it shows in her creations.

In Laura's kitchen window are african violets thriving in just the right amount of sun. The day I first saw these lampworks, she held them up to show that they matched the colors in one of those plants. Before the jewelry was made, it had a name. African Violets.

Light and dark lavender-to-mauve shades blend beautifully with leafy and bright green. One bead in the bracelet even has transparent green on one side and lavender on the other. Laura's experiments reflect her love for vivid colors. This set is made to be enjoyed.

Bali Sterling Silver, Swarovskis, and Cat's Eyes finish these pieces.

Bracelet $79.oo
Earrings $22.oo
Slide for omega chain $23.oo

Sold as a set $116.oo

For purchases or questions email mailto:emailjunig@bellsouth.net

You can see Laura Tidey's lampworks at http://missionglass.etsy.com/

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