Sherry Fennessy
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To make a bead, Italian Murano glass is used in the shape of a thin rod. The glass is rotated slowly in the flame of the torch. Once the tip is molten, it is wound around a steel mandrel. After the core bead is shaped and formed, decorative designs are added with different colors of glass. The finished bead is placed in a kiln to be annealed. After the bead is annealed it is ready to be used in the finished piece of jewelry.

When I begin a new piece of jewelry, I select my glass color palette first. I usually design the beads for the bracelet first and then I make the necklace and earrings. I make many beads in my color palette first, more than what is actually needed. After the beads are made, cleaned, and annealed, then I lay them out to begin designing the actual bracelet. It's always exciting to see the final piece completed.


 
 
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