A message about SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and how I am handling your artwork during this pandemic: my husband and I have been self-isolating since early March with only short, essential trips to the post office and grocery store, wearing gloves and washing our hands when we return home. Because we do not know for certain how long the virus lives on surfaces, I wear a mask and gloves to package all mail thoughtfully, with your health foremost in mind. We quarantine incoming mail in a location of our garage, open it with gloves on, washing our hands thoroughly afterward, and recommend you do the same.
CDL jewelry micro-mosaics are made with tiny glass seed beads and colored grout, unlike traditional Italian micromosaics which were made with tesserae of glass encapsulated in a mixture of beeswax. These beaded micro-mosaics average about 350 beads per square inch.
I primarily use size 15° glass seed beads, which measure approximately 1mm x 1.5mm. With a pair of fine point tweezers, each bead is carefully laid into the frame--embedded in epoxy--standing on its edge so the hole is not visible. Once the entire frame is filled with a beaded design, the epoxy is allowed to cure, and a final layer of colored tile grout is added to stabilize the micro-mosaic. Once cured this finish is water resistant and durable. But remember; these materials are glass and grout, so they can be broken if dropped, pinched, twisted or impacted (hit) in any way.
Please refer to the Policies page for more information including care instructions.