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Colours of the Beach

Colours of the Beach is a project about collecting, reusing, and the past; about repurposing what has been discarded into something beautiful, something one can cherish for a lifetime.

A collection of necklaces has been made from glass collected on the beaches along the south side of the Firth of Forth. The pieces are curated to reflect the differences of the beach the glass came from and gives us a clue to the history of the location.

The fragments of glass are turned into beads using the lamp-working method which is when a gas torch is used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state the glass is wound round a metal rod to form the bead. These are cooled slowly so as not to crack, cleaned and threaded to create the bespoke necklaces. Each bead is unique which gives the necklaces their individual character. Some are exhibited in frames with a hand embroidered map of the location where the glass was collected. The maps used for reference are all old maps dating between 1885 & 1971 reflecting the date of the glass found.

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