Judy Newton, the creator of these pretty recycled glass necklaces, lives in Titirangi, West Auckland. The materials she uses in her jewellery include coloured window glass, stone, ceramic (broken china), and sterling silver. All pieces are individually shaped and engraved, using diamond equipment. Judy uses recycled materials as much as possible e.g. the glass is off-cuts sourced from leadlight-glass studios; the ‘pressed’ glass often had a former life in the doors and windows of old villas; As the idea of giving materials a new life in another direction appeals to her aesthetic.
The three birds in this pendant are the grey warbler/riroriro; kereru/wood pidgeon and the piwakawaka/fantail – birds often seen and heard in her garden in Titirangi. The glass is coloured window glass sourced from leadlight supplies, which is cut and shaped on a diamond wheel and then spends three or four days in the stone tumbler to give it a sea-softened look and feel.
The beach stones are from either the East or West Coast of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island (her favourite beaches are Punakaiki and Birdlings Flat). At full length the necklace is about 70cm long and is fully adjustable; it can be worn high or low, by sliding the top toggles up or down. It can also be worn as a drop pendant, by sliding the 3 beach stones above the birds up. The pendant is designed to be played with, the birds moving around. The size of the largest of the three birds is approximately 5cm by 1.5 cm, while the smallest is 3cm by 1.2cm.