Just out of the lab... an experimental piece-- with a spirit level as the focal element-- and the bubble really moves! Not only that, but it glows a vivid neon-green under black light. Watch gears, silver beads and uranium (vaseline) glass were elaborately woven in layers over an upcycled watch movement with solid, Sterling silver wire. The wire was then oxidized naturally with egg yolk and sealed with clear lacquer to protect the finish and aged appearance of the piece. This pendant measures 47x40x16mm (1.9" x 1.6" x 0.7"), and comes suspended on your choice of chain or leather cord.
See how the bubble moves on Instagram.
Uranium glass fluoresces bright green under UV light and although it registers above background radiation on a Geiger counter, uranium glass is only negligibly radioactive and considered harmless. Uranium glass is often referred to as "vaseline glass" and acquired this nickname in the 1920s, given it's visual similarity to commercial petroleum jelly sold at that time. The term "vaseline glass" is still used widely in the United States and can refer to other kinds of glass that resemble it, but only glass that contains uranium fluoresces under black light, as shown in the second photo. The spirit level also fluoresces, matching the glass beads.
This piece comes in a luxurious, black velvet jeweler's box, contained in a cardboard outer shell (so you can wrap the box without damaging the velvet); perfect for gift-giving. This is an heirloom-quality piece you can treasure for many years to come. It ships fully-insured and with international tracking, for your convenience and peace of mind.
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**Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity, filled in & signed by the artist; photo of the piece & materials are listed on the reverse side of the card.
Heather Jordan Jewelry has very humble roots. I started making jewelry as a way to cope with what was going on in my personal life. After years of persistent illness, I was granted a second chance to have a career; something so most others, in my situation, don't receive. I never purposefully set out to start a jewelry business; it just seemed to unfold naturally as time went on.
My first pieces were bracelets made with packets of stone chip beads from the local dollar store. I was able to sell them and use the proceeds to buy simple tools and materials from local craft stores. Again, pieces sold and I used those profits to buy even more supplies. The cycle continued. A friend offered display space in her store so I would have a place to sell full-time and I started doing local craft shows. Soon, I was outselling competitors and being approached by owners of local boutiques, who were interested in carrying my work on consignment. I started to establish a stable revenue stream and paid myself a modest salary. Next, I ventured out into online venues. By then, I had acquired a taste for being my own boss and wanted to see if I could build a real business.
I started working with wire just before I got my business license. This was a conscious and calcuated decision, on my part, for several reasons. First, no other local artists were wire-wrapping so it helped me stand out. Second, I would rather invest more time (making a piece of jewelry) than spend more to incorporate manufactured components that often lacked character. I found that if I made my own findings and elements with wire, I didn't spend as much on commercially-produced beads. Third, using wire gave me more design options. Using manufactured components limits creative freedom and I wanted my pieces to be different from anything else on the market. Wire-wrapping also gave me the ability to use materials that would otherwise be off-limits, such as un-drilled stones, fossils and meteorites.
Entrepreneurship is far more challenging than most people think, especially if you don't have a start-up fund to launch your business, and you're accustomed to traditional employment, with a regular salary. Not only did I have to develop my skills as an artist, but a businesswoman as well. In essence, I've spent the past few years engaged in an unofficial, yet rigorous program of independent study, simultaneously in those realms. I recently moved my business to Toronto so I could continue to grow and evolve. Starting a business isn't for everyone but it was definitely the right move for me.