a genius idea! you have a base unit (pendant, ring, earring, cufflink etc) which has a screw thread on it, and you add a topper which is made of glass with the corresponding nut embedded in it.
Created by Sabine at little castle designs, the alcazar system allows you to have all kinds of colours, shapes and styles in glass, but you only have to buy one base.
The best thing about this is that Sabine has shared with us other lucky lampworkers, how to make toppers that are compatible with her alcazar range.
Actually, I’ll change that, because Sabine has shared with others how to do it, the best thing is that with artisans who make vastly different designs styles and colours of beads, you will have neverending choice for your jewellery! You can wear a tiny (or not that tiny in my case!) piece of art on your finger, and change it as often as you like!
Further to the alcazar range, George of Designed By George, clever person that she is, has made adjustable silver rings for these tops, they are gorgeous in themselves, they can be found here
I’ll just mention, there are a couple of similar systems around, but do be careful, some of them have different thread sizes and so won’t all be compatible with eachother.
ok, thats the technical practical side over, lets have some pretties!
a selection of ring tops I’ve made so far, shown on the stainless steel ring base from Sabine.