Above you see what I received for my challenge. We were tasked to create one daytime and one night time look.
I chose to use the aqua 'coke bottle green' and white frosted cultured sea glass pieces. Znetshows also gifted me with a few extras including a few bits of rustic turquoise blue sea glass beads and lavender opaque sea glass barrels.
I chose the 'coke bottle green' color, not only because I love it, but also because I had some left from a previous project and I wanted to have plenty to incorporate into my design. I played around with several configurations. I even thought about including some great glass pearls or chinese crystal beads [which I also have from Znetshows], but in the end I felt like the cultured sea glass needed to be the star of the show.
For my daytime look I used fine silver plated style wire and jump rings and created a tryptic focal from the three large rings. I then made individual links from cultured sea glass nuggets and spaced those with the sea glass ovals. A clean and simple toggle clasp completes the look. If you know me, you know I like the option to 'match' so I created a pair of matching nugget earrings.
The earrings reflected in green leaves The necklace resting on a bed of natural moss
I love ephemera. When I think about how ‘coke bottle’ green sea glass might come to be, I can’t help but think about some classic vintage advertisements from the 40’s.
Think of drinking a Coke at the beach on a hot day and some how that glass ends up in the ocean. Tossed by the waves, shattered on rocks and tumbled relentlessly, until time and tide produce a lovely soft piece of beach glass.
For my 'Nighttime' look I opted not to use the white I originally requested, but ended up using the rich opaque lavender sea glass barrels and some lovely Znetshows faceted chinese crystal I had on hand that coordinated perfectly.
Using silver plated eye pins and jump rings I created a 'Jacobs Ladder' link style bracelet, perfect as an accent piece for an evening out. I added some silver tone chain and used a simple silver tone toggle clasp.
Lavender sea glass - This glass has a neat history. You see the chemical used to make glass white (glass in its raw state usually has a greenish tint to it, like an old coke bottle) well, this chemical came from Germany.
When W.W.I broke out the chemical could no longer be used and the replacement chemical that was used turned glass lavender over a period of time. It's cool to think when you find a piece of this color, you can date it!
Lavender glass is abundant in some areas and non existent in others.True purple glass is much rarer. In our English Sea Glass collection, it averages one in 5000 pieces as true lavender glass was reserved for the Monarchy (showing Royalty) and for the Bishops in the church.
As a US Navy wife, I have the opportunity to attend a least one formal military ball each year.
I would wear this to that event with a long violet purple one shoulder gown and have this bracelet on the opposite wrist as an amazing accent piece.
Because I like things to match I would make some earrings from those beautiful chinese crystals too.
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