Recycling...the big buzzword for the 21st century. I've started making recycled glass earrings like those shown below. A friend of mine who is a glass artist inspired this new jewelry endeavor, and it has been a wonderful adventure. Since I am moving away from beaded jewelry and toward metalsmithing and metal clay, I have an abundance of glass beads I will no longer use. I've been looking around at all of my destash glass beads, heating them in my kiln and finding what works and what doesn't work.
Opening the kiln each time when the firing is done, I find such wonderful surprises. Each glass bead comes out a perfect circle cabochon of glass that I can glue to earring posts, or in the future, bezel set in rings or other pieces of jewelry.
Stay tuned for a tutorial on how I make these! In the meantime, you can find these in my shop, Kit and Caboodle Shop.