1 Glass Rods
A glass rod is heated over a torch flame until it becomes molten glass. The molten glass is then wound around a specially coated steel mandrel.
This process forms the base charm, which can then be decorated using a variety of techniques.
3 Metal Core
Finally, the glass charm is fitted with a hand-finished metal core and is ready for wear on bracelets.
Glass dots are used to create detail. They are layered then shaped into clouds and rainbows using the tip of a tweezer.
The Iridescent Rainbow Glass charm is created with a base of a triple layer of blue, iridescent silver glasses. Colourful dots are layered one on top of the other to create the clouds and the rainbow:
grey, white and grey; and green, blue, yellow, purple and transparent glass, respectively.
The tip of a tweezer is used to shape the clouds, and a flame draws out the rainbow pattern.
After a final top coat of clear glass, a flame shapes the scene into a round bead, ready for a sterling silver core.
The final Enchanted Garden Murano glass charm.