I have just finished making several Caribbean Surf Pendants with red sea glass and sterling silver wire. Red sea glass is a rare and highly coveted sea glass color. Many consider finding just one piece to be a once in a lifetime find. We found all of the red sea glass in these pendants on the beaches of Rincon, Puerto Rico.
I am retiring from making sea glass jewelry full time this year ( More on that coming later in future blog posts ) and am offering sea glass jewelry for ultra low "bargain" prices. All of these pendants are priced under $30.00. This is a steal not just for the the rare red sea glass but for the craftsmanship.
There are lots of great opportunities to acquire well made jewelry with authentic and often times rare sea glass on my website.
I love making jewelry! Even my most simple sea glass jewelry designs are inspired by the sea. Acting on my inspiration gets me under the ether in just the right way. Memories of amazing moments in nature and a sense of the infinite are evoked.
I am happy if the wearer thinks a piece of jewelry that I made is beautiful. If a piece of jewelry puts you in touch with something pranic or untouchable then I am really thrilled. I put a lot of love into the jewelry I make.
I hope you enjoy reading about what went into the creation of my new Caribbean Surf Pendants!
Spirals! I love spirals. Spirals are one of the first things humans started drawing. Ancient cave drawings of spirals have been found all over the world. Across cultures and continents spirals have been used for tens of thousands of years to symbolize life's journey, the cosmos and pathways through the universe.
In the Caribbean Surf Pendants sea glass suspends from sterling silver spiraling elements. My immediate inspiration was the sea's spiraling waves and perpetual motion. Sea glass is a product of the sea and I think spirals are it's ultimate adornment.
The moon's beauty also informed the creation of these pendants. The spiraling element evokes images of a full moon setting into the sea and silvery moonlight on the sea. The moon's gravitational pull generates the tidal force and it plays a role in the formation of all of those beautiful spiraling waves.
Technique, Tools & Materials
I formed, forged and burnished the spiraling elements in the Caribbean Surf Pendants with heavy gauge sterling silver with simple hand tools. I use to live in the Caribbean where I learned about what held up in the salty and hot Caribbean environment and what did not. I also experienced the destruction caused by several hurricanes.
I strive to make very strong jewelry because of things that I experienced in the Caribbean.
The wire working techniques I use are ancient and have changed little over the millennia. I was fortunate to have learned them from Connie Fox who is a world renowned jewelry teacher. I use to take several trips a year to study jewelry making with her in San Diego. I still have yet to employ many of the things I learned from her and look forward to doing that soon ( more on that later ) once I have moved on from making sea glass jewelry.
The spiraling elements are very strong and have a lovely solid tactile quality. Strength is achieved by work hardening, forging and burnishing the sterling silver throughout the jewelry making process. I strive to make jewelry that looks to have emerged from an ancient paradise and I think I have achieved that with these pendants.
All the Caribbean Surf Pendants with red sea glass have sold. I am not sure when but I will be making more with other colors of sea glass. Let me know what other colors you are interested in!
Red Sea Glass
Possible sources for red sea glass are old Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby glassware, old Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby Schlitz and Coors beer bottles. The Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation produced a line of red glassware called Royal Ruby from 1938 to 1967 and then again briefly in the 1970s. In the 1950s Schlitz beer asked Anchor Hocking to create a red beer bottle for them and Schlitz Beer was bottled in Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby for a short run throughout the 1950s. Avon is another possible source for red sea glass. Many vintage Avon products were bottled in red glass. Avon has also produced red glass dinnerware and decorative household items.
Red Sea Glass From Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico red is one of the most common of all the rare colors. On some beaches it is not unheard of to find several pieces in one day. More red sea glass is found on the islands shores than in most other sea glass locations and the reason is politics!
The 1930s saw the birth of the Partido Popular Democrático ( Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico ) known as the "Populares." Red is the color that is used to symbolize the Populares. The movement that started the PPD was led by Luis Munoz Marin who is considered to be the architect of Puerto Rico's political structure. He was a poet, journalist and a politician and helped to form the Populares. He went on to be the first demcocratically elected governor of Puerto Rico.The Populares heavily dominated the Puerto Rican political scene for decades and cultivated an intense political pride throughout the island. Red clothing, household decor and products bottled in red would have been in very high demand. To this day people in Puerto Rico strongly display their political loyalty with color.
Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby glassware such as dishes, cups, glasses, bowls, platters, vases etc. along with Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby Schlitz and Coors beer bottles are often credited by collectors as being the source for red sea glass so we will start there. The Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation produced a line of red glassware called Royal Ruby from 1938 to 1967 and then again briefly in the 1970s. In the 1950s Schlitz beer asked Anchor Hocking to create a red beer bottle for them and Schlitz Beer was bottled in Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby for a short run throughout the 1950s.
One overlooked source for red sea glass ( along with many other sea glass colors ) is old Avon items! Avon first came to Puerto Rico in 1954 and has been immensely popular on the island ever since. The Avon modality of going door to door is well suited for Latin American culture. Many vintage Avon products were bottled in red glass. Avon has also produced red glass dinnerware and decorative household items.
Other Sources include car, boat and channel marker lights along with various other types of household and decorative glass.