After working with stained glass for a number of years, Margaret Edmundson had collected too many tiny bits of glass to know what to do with. No wanting to simply throw the pieces out, Edmundson decided to learn how to transform the shards into pendants and beads.
After taking a handful of glass fusing and beading making classes, Edmundson, a former fabricating shop secretary, spent most of her time perfecting her art.
“I learned the most from practice, practice, practice,” said Edmundson, whose business is called The Unikorner and has been a fixture at the Hartland Farmer's Market for the past three years.
Following her study and trial-and-error sessions, Edmundson joined the Livingston Gem and Mineral Society (LGMS), a nonprofit organization that aims to promote interest and increased knowledge in the fields of mineralogy, archeaology, paleontology, and the lapidary arts.
Through her involvement with LGMS, Edmundson, who is currently serving as the organization's secretary, learned silversmithing, wire wrapping, and how to cut and polish stones. Like most of the members, she uses the society's workshop and library on a regular basis.
“There are a bunch of us in there working anytime the shop is open,” Edmundson said. “Some of us are hobbyists and some of us are professionals. I'm just a hobbyist.”
Edmundson's jewelry, which includes earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, features polished stone, fused glass, and handmade beads. Many of the pieces include handcrafted sterling silver wire wrappings and settings. Edmundson's prices range from $6 to $75.
Accompanied by her husband, Garland, Edmundson, who was raised in Wixom and now lives in Holly.
Her most popular pieces are necklaces that feature wave beads, Edmundson's signature bead.
“It looks like a wave rolling up on the beach,” she said. “Each one is unique.”
Because all of Edmundson's work is handmade from scratch, there are no two pieces that are exactly the same. The variety inherent in her work is what makes it sell, Edmundson said.
“There's a piece for everyone,” she said.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of articles on vendors at the Hartland Farmer's Market that will run either on Friday or Saturday over the next several weeks. The market — which is in the parking lot of the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, 9525 Highland Rd — is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October.