During my visit to Portland last month, I met up with the amazing lampwork glassmaker Kathy Perras who was one of the first artisans for Trollbeads. She brought a number of her creations including a couple of her new designs, the glittery Feathers and the shimmery Silvered Glimmers. I’m always fascinated with Kathy’s work and these are prime examples of how expertly she handles this medium. As promised previously, this post will focus on the Silvered Glimmers and Kathy was kind enough to send me home with a number of these beauties.
The Silvered Glimmers show a wide range of iridescent colors, patterns, and inclusions. The common designs have bubbles, shadowy waves, and glitter. The name of the beads comes from the type of glass used – silver glass, and accounts for the variety of different colors. These beads are all one of a kinds (OOAKs) because the color does not come out until after it has been fired by the torch. Kathy explained the process as a careful management of oxygen and temperature to achieve the desired result; with a little extra heat or air, it changes the shade of the bead and pattern.
Kathy’s glass are small diameter core and only fit on threadless chains, such as Trollbeads but not Pandora. Keep in mind that the Silvered Glimmers are difficult to recreate precisely, so if you see one that you like Kathy might not be able to replicate it exactly. Kathy’s work can be found on her Etsy shop, PerrasBeads operated from her studio in Oregon. I combined another favorite artisan of mine, Suzanne Hopping’s PAXSUZbeads with these Silvered Glimmers, Snakeskin Dillos, and Mirror Dillos for this fabulous iridescent bracelet. What do you think of these designs? Are you attracted to these glittery creations?
Bead index (starting from left, PerrasBeads glass and PAXSUZbeads silvers): Trollbeads plain lock, silvered glimmer, silvered glimmer, pax, mirrored dillo, silvered glimmer, diamond heart, silvered glimmer, silvered glimmer, prayer wheel, silvered glimmer, snakeskin dillo, eagle, mirrored dillo, silvered dillo, universal cross, silvered dillo, silvered glimmer.
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