Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mercury's Glass Lampworking Review & Sponsor Spotlight #FashionistaGiveaway


My second sponsor for the Fall Fashionista event is a wonderful little gem of a shop I found on Etsy called Mercury's Glass Lampworking.  I am a total jewelry lover and immediately fell in love with this store!  I just want one of everything in her shop!


Tracy is a stay at home mom and the talented artist behind Mercury's Glass Lampworking, she began dabbling in art at a very young age and her passion has blossomed into some beautiful creations.  As a young child she dreamed of working as an artist and she is proud to be still working towards that dream today.  Tracy began working with hot glass when she inherited her equipment and immediately fell in love with the process of melting glass into different shapes and patterns.


Photos courtesy of MGL


Tracy's process for making the sculptural pieces (like the turtles and other animals) is a bit different from most glass artists...instead of heating the glass until it's pliable enough to sculpt with tools like typical glass workers, she melts the glass to a more liquid state and then with the use gravity and flame she hand shapes each piece. 







All photos courtesy of MGL


For the landscape beads she uses a complex process of first making multi-colored thin glass rods and then using them to 'paint' the scenery and trees onto the base bead...no actual paint or enamels are used, the beads are 100% glass.  Each piece is one of a kind and a true piece of exquisite art.

Photo courtesy of MGL

Tracy sent me one of her signature landscape pendants for a review and I chose the blue and green themed tones as those are my favorite colors.  Each necklace Tracy makes typically comes complete with sterling silver plated beads and chain with a lobster clasp. I have an allergy to silver so Tracy graciously accommodated me with a gold headpin and endcaps verses the standard silver.  The total length of the necklace is about 20", but Tracy is glad to make it any length you like at no additional cost. 

Up close of my piece

On top of dental floss for size comparison-sorry for the poor lighting

The pendant is a discussion piece whenever I am wearing it (quite often!) and I always get compliments. The pictures I have of me wearing it do not do it justice, it really is simply gorgeous!  I love that it looks so elegant on a gold chain and I can dress it down if I put it on a chord.  I love that my tree trunk is a gray and black mix and can tie in well with black shirts and add the perfect burst of color with the leaves and skyline.

The texture of the necklace is raised but smooth and my little one loves to have it in his little hands whenever he is being carried around and rocked to sleep.  I love knowing the pendant is 100% glass and colors will not fade nor is there any toxic paint to worry about.


What piece of art is your favorite?

Buy some wearable art:

Buy your own custom creation from Tracy's online shop which is fully stocked with a wide array of unique creations!

Win it:

Tracy has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to her online store as part of the Fall Fashionista prize package!  Thanks Tracy!  You can get a head start by following Mercury's Glass Lampworking on Facebook and Twitter and save yourself time when you come back to enter on the 14th!

27 comments:

  1. Wow, Wow, WOW. Not only devastatingly gorgeous but such a variety of talent!

    The CHief Blonde!

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  2. These are so cute! I love having jewelry nobody else has!

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  3. Really beautiful! I love the landscapes and the little animals!

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  4. I love the little animals. The jewelry is very outstanding.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  5. very talented...i just love her little ghost!
    pkeintz@gmail.com

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  6. I love these! Tracy is very talented :)

    Thanks so much for telling us about her fab items :)

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  7. Holly Hennessy SwintOct 14, 2011 06:36 PM

    I love the swirls in the glass and all the colors! Their jewelry is original and cool! astroqueen67@hotmail.com

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  8. I so like these because they are so unique... I like the landscapes and the animals. :-)
    april@pinebelt.net

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  9. Had to go visit her Etsy Store after reading this. Her stuff is gorgeous. Fell in love with a little blue jellyfish, and with the Storm at Sea Lampworked Glass Bead Earrings.

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  10. I love Landscape with Tree in Autumn Lampworked Glass Bead Necklace

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  11. Beautiful items. I like them all especially the animals.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. So original and unique - and fashionable at the same time! Love the pieces. :)

    Angela Rhodes Krause
    nofearpapertiger@gmail.com

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  13. Thank you for "introducing" me to Mercury Glass. I am totally in awe of the creations and will be a fan for life!

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  14. These have got to be some of the cutest things I have ever seen!

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  15. I also love jewelry, especially when it's a unique style. This jewelry is beautiful. I had a hard time choosing a favorite piece.

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  16. I'd probably choose the blue jellyfish lampworked glass bead necklace. It is SO sweet! I had the best time browsing through that shop!

    mercedesyardley@gmail.com

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  17. I just love these! They are so cute & unique! I would love to own a few of these pieces!

    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

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  18. What cool beads! I've never seen these before.

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  19. That little ghostie is so cute!

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  20. These are just beautiful. I make jewelry and I haven't seen glasswork this detailed before. Amazing!

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  21. Wow, those beads with the trees are breathtaking! I love the little seahorse too!
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

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  22. Those little turtles are adorable. I love how unique these are.

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  23. Have a great day, love the giveaways
    tmarie56@hotmail.com

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  24. Beautiful, so lovely. Anyone would be proud to own/wear one of hercreations

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  25. Wow, those are great looking earrings. I was not sure what the product would be from the name of the company but I am excited it is jewelry!

    mmbear_us@yahoo.com

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  26. Her glasswork is amazing i love the raku bubble and the cute little elephant
    jenzen69atyahoodotcom

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