My passion for jewelry making and design started back in 2004 when I was about fourteen years old. The following summer I started to display my own handcrafted jewelry, mostly made of silver plated cord and plastic beads, at a local farmer's market in my hometown Porvoo. When I was sixteen I moved to Tammisaari to study and graduated as an artisan goldsmith in 2010. That year I also found my passion for manufacturing Murano glass beads and founded my company Alva Henriksson Design.
Shortly after graduation I moved to Tenerife to work full time with my jewelry. Two years later, I had successfully passed a Spanish artisan test, after which I earned the right to participate in the local Canarian artisan fairs arranged several times a year on different Canary Islands. The next year, in 2013, I decided to move back to Finland to study and work. Now I have my own atelier in Helsinki and work as a freelancer.
I make Murano glass beads using the traditional lampwork technique: wrapping melted glass around a stainless steel rod, creating layers on top of each other and decorating its interior and surface using different colors. The glass drops are made of the same material but using a different technique: adding glass on top of a different colored glass cane. Because of the weight of the added glass it slowly starts to separate from the cane and forms a perfect drop. The Murano glass canes are produced on the Venetian island of Murano, in Italy.
When I design I don't like to draw or use 3D-programs, I like to manufacture a physical model that I can touch and try on. After I've proven the functionality I'll make one more model, but this time I put much more effort into the glass and silver work. I use recycled sterling silver (that usually comes in the form of a 2 mm thick sheet) and I shape it using traditional hand forging techniques. The sheet is made of old silverware and worn out jewelry, that has been cleaned and melted down in a factory in Norway. The silver models are marked with two small stamps to indicate the material and the maker: 925 and ALVA.