Dog Silhouette Artisan Glass Necklace
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The liquid quality of glass is paired with a cool and collected dog to create a quirky accessory with heart. In a variety of bold, eye-catching colors, this artisan-made piece is a testament to your love of all things canine.
- Blue, Green, or Mauve
- On an adjustable waxed cotton cord 16-28" L (40.6-71.1 cm)
- 2" H x 0.75" W (5.1 x 1.9 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Chile
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December 29, 2014 - I got the mauve one. it's so pretty! everyone who sees it thinks so too. but the string to it confused me so it's a little tangled up now
October 25, 2014 - I bought this necklace in blue and I just love it! Make sure and LOOSEN the KNOTS to the correct length. Also the glass is slightly transparent so it will pick up the dark or light of your top. I would buy again! : )
June 15, 2014 - I bought my sister the Blue necklace - she just had her 59th birthday - and she loves it. She said it's very colorful, well-made, a good size, and sweet.
May 22, 2014 - This beautiful dog necklace was a Mother's Day gift from my dog! :-) It is the blue one and the colors are lovely. The adorable silhouette looks so much like my Pittie-I wear it everywhere and I get so many compliments. It is so reasonably priced for a work of art. And it helps animals! I love it!
March 15, 2014 - Very unique and beautiful necklace with a great price!
Artisan: Calypso Chile Glass Fusing
Marcela Cofre has been making unique fused glass jewelry since 1994. "I always enjoyed working with my hands, and the need to support a household led me into arts and crafts. I tried crochet, pressed flowers, and batik, but they didn't sell well," she says. "So I taught myself the art of transforming glass with heat." Marcela opened a workshop and soon was able to provide for all her family's needs. "At the same time I realized that with the creation of the workshop I was able to provide satisfying jobs for many people in my community, providing fair wages and giving the workers self esteem and happiness."
Calypso Chile Glass Fusing is a micro enterprise run from Marcela's home. "In the beginning I placed my products in local shops in Chile. In time, business conditions in Chile forced us to look into exporting our products. Now our merchandise is sold throughout the U.S. and Europe."
Marcela's main concern is the welfare of her artisan employees and their families, and she works to ensure their fair treatment, access to education, and ability to support themselves in a happy, healthy environment. "We are very proud to be able to give work to more than thirty families in Chile making glass jewelry, decorative pieces, wind chimes, and ornamental glassware. Our company provides dignified work to women heads of households," she says. Calypso Chile Glass welcomes all fair trade groups to help with their mission in Chile. She explains, "Our current project is sponsoring the work of students who are selling wonderful artwork made from recycled glass bottles. The profits will be used to help a nursery school for poor children at social risk."
Sonia Casas Labrine has worked at Calypso for twenty years. She started as a caregiver for Marcela's daughters before learning to make necklaces. Sonia has two sons and a granddaughter; one of her sons, Felipe, is in a wheelchair. Sonia's work with Calypso has helped her cope with the difficult reality of her son's disability. With the money she earns, she's been able to pay for all of his medical care. Sonia says she and her children never would have made it without the support of her Calypso family.
Another employee, Natalia Fierro, says "I have worked in Calypso for the last 13 years of my life and not only has it been a wonderful job but also it has been a school. I work in the administrative area dealing with national and international clients. Every day I learn something new and it always happens in such friendly environment that I give thanks for this beautiful life. It could not be better. I have a job, friends, I am always learning and Calypso is the best family I could ever dream of. I am happy. I am complete."
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