Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part III)

 

Murano glass – Also known as “millefiori,” or “Venetian glass,” this sort of glasswork was created years ago on an island off Venice, Italy. The method of using the ends of glass rods to make several little flowers inside the glass makes this sort of glass easy to spot and distinct.

Every piece has to be made by hand, using a meticulous procedure and real Murano glass pieces can be pricey. Since the glassmakers on the island of Murano have been working for years, you can find antique jewelry pieces of Murano glass. Though, you have to school yourself, so you are not fooled by fakes.

Sea glass is glass polished by the sea. 

Sea glass – Sea-glass jewelry, also known as beach glass, has a faithful following of people who have an affinity with the sea. True sea glass is created when a broken piece of glass is tossed into the sea where it is tumbled and crushed by the waves and sand until it emerges opaque and smooth on the beach. Artisans comb beaches all over the globe to discover these sea gems and make them into all sorts of jewelry.

Certain colors, like blue or red, are harder to discover and can, therefore, be pricier. One popular jewelry-making technique is to take different pieces of sea glass and cover them with silver or gold wire to create earrings, a pendant, or bracelets. 

Another technique is to use the piece of sea glass as the gemstone and affix it with a bevel in a pendant or ring. Several jewelry retailers produce replica sea glass that is tumbled in a method like polishing rocks. While these pieces can be beautiful and it is simpler to find rare colors, you should inquire if the piece is manufactured or genuine sea glass. Numerous collectors believe that real pieces of sea-glass jewelry have to be made organically.

 

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part I)

Plastic bags are rapidly damaging the environment. 

There’s no refuting it. Single-use disposable plastic bags are destroying the planet, with over 60,000 plastic bags being consumed in the U.S. every four seconds. They are made with non-renewable resources, either natural gas or petroleum. They take large amounts of energy to assemble, transport across the nation and recycle. 

They don’t decompose in landfill sites. However, over time, they release hazardous chemicals. They’re very hard to recycle, creating issues like blocking the sorting machine used by many recycling facilities, contributing to a huge, global litter issue. And that’s not the end.

The Human Impact

On land, plastic bags are one of the most usual types of litter around the globe. Build-ups of plastic bags are infamous for creating blockages of local drainage systems in developing countries. The floods in Bangladesh and common flooding in Manila can be credited to blockages created by this litter. Also, plastic bags create real health hazards to the population. Over time, they leak toxic chemicals into drinking water supplies.

Plastic bags are very hard to recycle. The usual three-arrow recyclable symbol is found on plastic packaging across the nation. However, in numerous cases, it’s a marketing trick. There’s no regulation of the symbol or legal requirements for the way it is used. 

Each municipality in the U.S. has different rules on what it can’t and can recycle. Many of the plastic bags accumulated by recycling companies can’t be recycled or reused. The industries that make them don’t want to buy them back. 

Therefore, most recycled bags end up in landfill sites or are transported to Asia where workers in sweatshop conditions cherry-pick our garbage looking for plastics that can be reused or melted down. Not only are these enterprises quagmires for labor issues and human rights issues, but the toxic open-melting techniques they use are also a big concern for human health.