This is a 33x21x5mm, one of a kind, handmade, oval shaped focal bead!!! It has a 2.5mm front drilled hole with rounded edges and a semi-matte finish. Made (coldworked) here in my Portland, Oregon studio from some INTERESTING glass that I've collected over the years. The glass is from the center of the lens of a large RED TRAFFIC LIGHT that was made here in the USA (printed on the glass) by Kopp Glass. Hence, I am happy to offer for your beading and ornamentation pleasure STOPLIGHTITE, also known as STOPITE for short. The color is a rich red.
Found at busy intersections across the world, red colored stopite is a symbol of halting and encouragement to surrender your velocity to the passage of other vehicles. Stopite warns us that we often have to pause on our journey to make way for others. I cut, sanded, drilled and THEN tumbled it to make it look like a piece of beach glass so the finish is consistent and the edges rounded, with a beachy effect. The indentations on the "fresnel" lens aspect of it are still shiny, creating a neat contrast between the satinny and shiny. Here's the story of how I got into making handcrafted beach glass beads.....
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Back in the mid 90's I noticed some local art jewelers who were using beach glass in their work. I asked one gallery owner in Seattle how a certain jeweler got so much uniform beach glass for her production work. She let me in on the secret that this jeweler made her own beach glass. A light went on in my head! I could easily make my own beach glass! Since then I’ve collected all kinds of patterned glass from Value Village, Goodwill, garage sales, and even my Grandma’s estate. I’ve been making all sorts of unusual pieces from this. No two are ever exactly alike. I cut up the glass on my diamond saw, shape it, sand it, drill it if it’s going to be a bead, and then tumble it to create a matte finish. I hope you enjoy my creative recycling efforts as much as I do making them!