Isle of Apples Glass Bead Collar Necklace
Flame worked glass bead with floral murrine and 24K gold leaf on a sterling silver omega neck wire with a friction clasp. Handmade and annealed in a kiln for strength and durability. The semi-transparent bead comes in three different variants: aqua-blue-green round bead with pink flowers, aqua-violet tube bead with white flowers and aqua-pink tube bead with white flowers.
Aqua-blue-green bead: 2.2 cm diameter
Aqua-violet bead: 2 x 2 cm
Aqua-pink bead: 1.9 x 2 cm
Neck Wire: 45.72cm long; 1.25mm thick
Natalie Borghese is a Canadian glass artist. Formerly a practicing architect, she began working with glass in 2015. This collection of flame-worked beads is inspired by the flowering apple trees in her garden and explores ideas of lightness and liminality. Handmade using soft glass and 24K gold leaf, she approaches each bead like a water colour painting, layering washes of transparent colour, delicate floral murrine, and fragments of gold to create little worlds of shimmering light.