I just delivered a group of Puffy Heart necklaces to the shop downtown. I weave these together from 73 Swarovski crystals and they are perfect for Valentine’s season or just to add a little bling to an otherwise plain outfit. I am in love with the top color, Indian Pink 2XAB, an orangey pink with two coatings of Aurora Borealis, or AB. Basically, gold is held in a flame and the resulting fumes land on the surface of the crystal to make a shimmery rainbow coating. Clockwise the colors are Indian Pink 2XAB, Light Siam AB, Indian Pink AB, Fuchsia AB (bottom), Rose AB, Crystal AB (off to the left), and Siam AB, with Cyclamen AB in the center.
These take some time to make and I still have to follow the tutorial, but it is fun to see it puff out on the final step, and they are so sparkly in person. I brought packs of crystals, a spool of illusion cord, and nail clippers with me on vacation last week so I could make hearts on our day at sea or in the airport. (My husband snapped this shot of me in our stateroom. The bracelet is by Hope Gibson, a fantastic lampworker I met in St. Croix.)
My tutorial for the Puffy Heart Pendant is available for download here if you want to give it a go, or you can email me if you want to order a puffy heart in any color ($49 with chain). Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!