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Anuket, Goddess of the Nile

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This beautiful necklace contains 73 beads made from four different colors of amber glass. Some of the beads have discs made by adding molten glass and pressing it into a circle with a special tool. This also gives each disc a unique ‘fingerprint’ pattern. The rich, earthy amber colors remind me of ancient silt, and the disc beads and arrangement are early Egyptian in style. A stunning, goddess-like adornment!

Anuket is the goddess of the Nile river at the start of the Nile’s journey through Egypt, and in nearby regions of Nubia.

When the Nile started its annual flood, the Festival of Anuket began. People threw coins, gold, jewelry, and precious gifts into the river in thanks for her life-giving water, and returning benefits derived from the wealth provided by her fertility.

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I make every part of my glass necklaces myself. I start with a 2mm steel rod dipped in a ceramic paste. This will eventually become the hole in the bead. Then, in a very hot oxygen/propane flameworking torch, I heat up the end of a pencil-sized glass rod until it becomes molten. This liquid glass is carefully stuck to the steel rod which is then turned to wrap the glass around it. In this manner layers of different glass colors are built up to create unique designs.

The whole time there is a dance going on between the turning steel rod, the molten glass and the hot flame. If the bead gets too hot the glass drips off the rod, and too cold it will crack, and the rod can never stop turning or the bead will loose its shape.

Once finished the bead is slowly cooled to relieve stress in the glass and make it strong. Later it’s soaked in water to dissolve the ceramic paste so the bead can be removed from the steel rod and the hole cleaned with a diamond coated reamer.

I source all my materials locally or at least within Europe, and aim to make a product that will last a long time. One of the great things about glass is it lasts a very long time. The earliest beads were made in Egyptian times and are still perfect today, so your bead can be handed down through generations, and will survive way into the future.

 

 

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