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Kim In Person

MeHi!

My name is Kerstin, but about everybody calls me Kim.

I was born and raised in Germany and studied History of Arts at the University in Berlin. My other fields of interest, in an academic sense, are Ethnology, Anthropology and lately, Physics (although, regrettably, I did not pay much attention to it in High school and therefore am missing about all of the basics).

My two great passions are animals and glass. As you can see, this blog is saturated with glass, so don’t worry, you will be bombed with it a little later on again. But first, let me get to the animals.

I am, by profession, a licensed veterinary nurse. But I am going back to school for Diagnostic UltrasoundThis is Max in mosaic form..

I am host to two ferrets and one dog. My dog Max is getting old and is accumulating more and more diseases, syndromes and conditions, so my days are scheduled mostly around him (aside from the fact that he is a “velcro dog” and permanently attached to me anyways). My two weasels are called Wally and Boris and, naturally, are challenging me every day with new mischief.

I have always had some kind of crafty hobby but when I tried out stained glass a number of years back, I was hooked. Stained glass led to glass painting, then mosaics, then fused glass. Today, I am concentrating on fused glass jewelry and cabinet knobs and pulls.

The following picture are from before I found my current style of fused glass jewelry. As you can see, you may call it my brown phase =)

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20 Comments »

  1. Hi Kim,
    I chatted with you a few weeks back and you turned me on to a cool website that showed fused glass before and after firing. I got a virus on my computer and lost all my favorites, could you give me that site again? Thanks in advance! Carolyn

    Comment by Carolyn LaDuke | January 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Carolyn,
      I will look through my e-mails. I’m sure I’ll find the one you are looking for.

      Comment by Kim | January 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hi Kim,

    I love your blog — especially the pictures of your glass pendants!

    Since you have such a great blog, I am going to add your blog to my blogroll at http://glassart.wordpress.com.

    I was wondering if you would consider adding my blog to your blogroll. Thanks for your consideration!

    Christine

    http://www.mastersglassart.com

    Comment by glassart | February 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Woooot! Thank you and sure thing! The more glass the merrier and you have some great pieces on your blog!

      Comment by Kim | February 1, 2010 | Reply

      • Thanks for the compliments about my glass!

        Thanks for adding both my website and my blog to your blogroll!

        I will look forward to seeing more of your fused glass jewelry creations, or whatever you decide to post to your blog!

        Thanks so much!

        Christine

        Comment by glassart | February 1, 2010

  3. Hi Kim, ich liebe deine webseite. Ich werde sie weiterleiten an Aysun ( Denise ) in die Schweiz. herzliche grüsse wolfgang

    Comment by Wolfgang Delgado | April 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Danke, Wolfgang! Und Gruesse zurueck! =)

      Comment by Kim | April 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hi Kim — First, I love the crispness of your design. I want to make some glass knobs for my own kitchen with lots of colors. I have been looking for bases for them that are copper or brass colored. Does your supplier make them in that color? My glass work is jewelry, but I’m getting into larger pieces display pieces. If you’d like to see, I have a facebook page (Leah Wetmore Powell). Thanks Kim and best wishes for a great 2011!

    Comment by Leah Powell | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Leah! Thank you so much for the kind words!
      Please send me an email at Kim@Glass-Fancy.com.

      Comment by Kim | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi Kim,

    I saw your “I see green” glass fused ring in PMC. When using glass with PMC, do you kiln the clay with the glass piece or does the glass need to be set into the ring after the ring (PMC) is kilned?

    Beautiful Ring!!

    Comment by Robin | April 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Robin,
      I’m sorry it took so long for me to answer. I have been away from the blog and glass in general since I am back in school. The classes and work don’t leave enough time for anything else =(
      Anyways, in the case of the green rectangular ring, I fused the silver together with the glass. You might be able to see it in the picture but I made the surrounding silver a little too big so that, when it shrinks during firing, it will pinch but not break the glass. But that also means you have to be careful with the firing temperature.
      There are other pieces where I fired the silver without the glass to the highest temp possible (it makes it more sturdy) and then fitted the glass later on and glued it in place.
      Both methods have their positives and negatives and I think it depends on the piece and the situation which one is best.
      Thank you for your comment and I hope that helped a bit. =)

      Comment by Kim | May 21, 2011 | Reply

  6. Kim, hi again! I hope you don’t mind sharing your glass wisdom with me once again. Love the knob work and I have wanted to something similiar but found the bases to be so expensive. Did you locate a good source for them at a decent price? Carolyn

    Comment by Carolyn | May 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Carolyn! Sorry for the delay and an email is on its way! =)

      Comment by Kim | May 21, 2011 | Reply

  7. Hi Kim,

    I have been following your blog for about a year. I must say your fused glass is beautiful and your pictures – let’s just say the pictures keep me coming back for more!

    I do some dichroic fused glass pieces (hobby only) and recently purchased a hole saw in the hopes I will be able to create a donut pendant worthy of giving as a gift! I have been searching…and searching the web looking for the perfect silver donut bail. Would you consider sharing your source for the donut bail you found? It’s perfect. Simple, substantial and refined. I understand if you are reluctant to share this information, but I thought there would be no harm in asking.

    Regardless I will be back to enjoy your work and your words! Keep it up!
    dean

    Comment by Dean Smith | February 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Dean,
      Thank you so much for your kind words!!
      I remember I was so happy when I finally found those donut bails. They really are worth every penny.
      Shoot me an email at Kim@Glass-Fancy.com and I’ll point you in the right direction.
      Happy fusing to you and thank you again for taking the time to post a comment!
      Kim

      Comment by Kim | February 12, 2012 | Reply

  8. Hi Kim. Love your work. Can you tell me how you make your round pendants so perfectly round? Thanks

    Comment by Diane | October 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Diane,
      It’s actually just a matter of cutting them perfectly round. There isn’t any special secret about it. =)

      Comment by Kim | October 8, 2012 | Reply

  9. I just stumbled across your website. Love your glass AND your photography. I also make cabinet knobs, pendants, rings etc.
    I am just getting my website set up and I wasn’t happy with my photographs. I saw your pieces on Google images and followed to here.
    If I can get photos that look anywhere as nice as yours do, I will be a happy man!
    Best of luck!

    Comment by herb fellows | October 21, 2013 | Reply

  10. Can you share how you did the ashes pendants. I have a friend wanting me to do this and I would hate to waste the ashes with an unfortunate disaster

    Comment by Glenna Rand | February 17, 2016 | Reply

  11. Hi Kim,
    I love your work, especially your jewelry with the crisp edges.
    I am a hobbyist presently enjoying glass fusing. I have produced many rounded edge pieces. I’d like to make them look more professional but it seems the cold working equipment is very expensive. Can you point me in the direction as to what works for you before I invest? Thanks

    Comment by Susan A Scheier | August 28, 2016 | Reply


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