It came a long way
Getting boxes in the mail is a common occurrence at my house, but a package from Lithuania is something special. Especially when there’s art inside.
Being an avid lover of art glass beads, I frequent a number of lampwork artists pages on Facebook to find unique creations from all over the world.
With so many diverse styles in one place, I get lots of variety to put into my necklaces and art. Sometimes I see a treasure I just can’t pass up. And with a buy-it-now option, those handmade works of art just wing themselves to me. When I know one is coming, it’s exciting—like a present for myself.
However, when something comes all the way from eastern Europe, there’s no instant gratification. I can take weeks to arrive. Somehow this makes its arrival even more special.
My most recent treasure is this piece made by Viktorija Vait (Vilnius, Lithuania).
When I opened the envelope, I oohed and ahhed over the colors, the painted details, and the amount of skill it takes to create textured glass beads like this. The best part? I get to make it into a wearable necklace as a present for someone else to enjoy.
Turning lampwork beads into wearable art
First I matched it with a variety of beads and wire in shades of red.
Then I got to work (it gets a little messy as I experiment with different arrangements)!
Finally, it all came together in a finished piece!
More jewelry ahead
Just before I finished the red bird pendant, another package came in the mail from a bit nearer to home (Michigan) from another talented artist Molly Cooley. The eclipse and waves are just stunning!
I wonder what this gorgeous treasure will become!