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A whole lot of fused glass and then some …

Time to refill my Etsy store

Slowly but surely I am working on adding some more pieces to my Etsy store. It’s about time too!

The first piece I added was the deep pendant from the last post. But I also finished two more pendants that are now available:

March 6, 2012 Posted by | Etsy, Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Photo Update of a Matching Art Glass Pendant

I finished a pendant that matches the cocktail ring I posted a little while ago.
Here are some pictures:

The glass is cold worked and very deep. So, the view from the side is quite dimensional, especially since some of the glass is perfectly clear.

Once I have a little time to spare, this pendant will likely end up in my Etsy store.

February 28, 2012 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brand New Handmade Cocktail Ring

Handmade Art Glass and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring

I finally managed to finish a new jewelry piece recently.
It’s been much too long since I had the time and motivation to make anything truly new.
I have a couple more pieces that came out of the kiln along with this one but they all still need a little work and so I cannot show them to you yet.
It is not very often that I make rings and this cold-worked fused art glass cocktail ring is quite the rarity for me.
The colorful and very eye-catching glass piece sits on top of a sterling silver ring, which is adjustable to many different sizes.
I am now working on a matching pendant and I am pretty sure that both will end up in my personal jewelry box rather than in my Etsy store. But there will probably be more like this piece in the near future.

Handmade Art Glass and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring

Handmade Art Glass and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My new Glass-Fancy.com Website

I have been spending some time updating my website.
The old one was looking a bit patchy and I really wanted something smoother looking.

Well, … here is a sneak peek!

It may or may not be fully functional yet, so if you do run into any problem, please check back in a few days and everything should be up and running.

Let me know what you think, please!

October 7, 2011 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry, GlassFancy Knobs & Pulls | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

It has been a long time since my last post.
I finished the semester and despite the fact that I had some health problems and ended up in the hospital smack in the middle of almost midterm time, I managed to do really well in the classes I took.
Now I finally have a little bit of time to play with glass again and that called for a new line of furniture knobs and pulls.
I was really attempting to do something that looks distinctly different from the ones I had done in the past and so I went with the tack fusing technique.
The first ones I did were all based on the principle of a bright solid color on a black background and are full of contrast and very bold looking.

Then I started thinking about maybe trying this pattern on a light background with transparent glass and that is when things turned out a bit funky.

Personally, I did find, they border on ugly but when I asked my husband, he said they would probably look OK when you see them on a piece of furniture. So, I went and took some pictures of them on my entertainment center and I have to admit, he is somewhat right, but not entirely.

At this point, I really wasn’t sure what I thought about them anymore. I was stuck looking at them all the time but actually seeing less and less.
So, I put the question to the people of Facebook and the Zibbet forum. I asked for brutally honest opinions. I did get some comments from people who didn’t like them and I was most impressed with that. I think it’s always easier to leave positive feedback than negative and I appreciate these people chancing some kind of bad reaction since sometimes “your honest opinion” doesn’t necessarily mean that.
I also got a lot of positive feedback (which I, obviously, appreciate as well!!!) and some very interesting thoughts.
All in all, this made me realize how different something can look to different people. I used to think that everybody sort of sees the same color, for example, but some simply prefer something that looks lighter or darker etc. Now, I wonder whether different people actually see something entirely different based on their brains interpreting the visual information in a completely different manner.
I think this is so very fascinating that I wish I could do some kind of actual experiment. I wonder whether there already is some scientific study on that.
Well, now that I am almost entirely off topic, I will close my ramblings by thanking everybody that took part in my opinion poll! It was very interesting and helpful and it resulted in me listing the knobs that I would have otherwise just throw into a dark corner of my ‘dungeon of glass’.

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Knobs & Pulls, Zibbet | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One of these things is not like the others

Recently, I have finished 4 new cold worked fused glass pendants.
Actually, none of them are very new at all.

I tend to keep one or two fused pieces from most of the batches I fire and put them into a box for safe keeping. They usually remain there until there comes a time when I have too much other stuff going on and don’t have any time for fusing. At that point, I grab one here and there and finish them.

When I looked at the 4 finished pieces, what popped in my mind was the Sesame Street game and song “One of these Things is not like the Others” and it’s basically been stuck there ever since.

So, let’s line ’em up and see if you can figure out which one is not like the others:

… ♫ … before I finish this song. =)

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Carissa Rose; Art with Attitude

Artwork shown ©Carissa Rose Stevens. Do not use, edit or publish without authorized consent.The other day, I stumbled upon Carissa Rose’s work on Artfire and I’m enthralled!

She is a tattooist in training but also works with pencil and paintbrush. In her own words, her “art is inspired by tattoos and people”  and it isn’t hard to relate to her statement once you see her work.

The first thing that hits you (or me, as it were) is the contrast. “In your face” color cuts the deepest black into pieces. No shades of gray; no compromise!
Most of her subjects are young women but although femininity is dripping off of them like the colorful run-lines of paint that you can see in so many places, they are certainly not stereotypical beauty-queens without a mind of their own. They are characters, and as real, with all the facets of darkness, as the fields of perfect inky black.
Her work skillfully speaks to the observer. In many of her pieces you have strong eyes staring straight at you from the painting, involving you in the scene.

This is some serious art with attitude!

Thank you to Carissa Rose for the permission to display her work!
Artwork shown ©Carissa Rose Stevens. Do not use, edit or publish without authorized consent.

Artwork shown ©Carissa Rose Stevens. Do not use, edit or publish without authorized consent.Artwork shown ©Carissa Rose Stevens. Do not use, edit or publish without authorized consent.

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Artfire | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Obsessed

They say, admission is the first step.
I admit, I am a KNOBAHOLIC!
Lately, any creative idea that pops into my head has something to do with knobs and/or pulls. I cannot help myself!
I have had these symptoms before regarding other creative stuff and I know from experience that I just have to ride it out.
School is going to start in a few days and that will put a damper on my knobbing, so I enjoy it while it lasts.
Here are some pictures of the latest cabinet knobs and pulls I made.

Another idea that is growing in my mind is the third part of my Tips and Tricks for Product Photography.
It is very likely going to be about non-misleading photo editing. So, I am already gathering material but the idea will still have to marinate a little longer.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Knobs & Pulls | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My new website for the fused glass cabinet knobs & pulls

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been working on developing a line of handmade fused glass cabinet knobs and pulls.
Previously, I have been making fused glass jewelry and my website, Etsy and Artfire store are dedicated to jewelry. So, I thought it would make more sense to separate the two categories and make a new website and Etsy store for only the knobs and pulls.

I found this awesome site that enables you to make a flash-based website for free. They have so many great looking templates that are easy to modify to your requirements and you don’t need to know anything about any code or how to make a website at all.

It came out great! Click on the picture below and check it out!

January 9, 2011 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Knobs & Pulls | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Home is not a place, home is a feeling

Stained Glass at the Gedaechtniskirche in Berlin

This is a painted rendering of a photo I took a couple of years ago. It shows the stained glass window of the Gedaechtniskirche in Berlin, Germany.

Unless the blizzard that we had here in the north-east continues to cause problems, I will be on my way to Berlin, Germany tomorrow.
I have not been there for two years and it’s definitely time to see my mom and the rest of the family. If I ignore the tremendous dislike I feel for overseas flights, I am actually really excited to be home again.
I miss the “old world” atmosphere and architecture, to be back in a city setting and the subway! It sounds odd, I know, but I really miss the subway.
I’m going to have plenty of “real” bread and “real” cheese and I’m crossing my fingers that at least some of the Christmas markets are still left. There is simply nothing like walking around in the icy cold, looking at booths of cool candles, beautiful scarves and other neat stuff and continuing to refill your Gluehwein cup until you can’t feel the cold anymore.

I hope you all are going to have a great and happy New Year and I will be back in 2011 with more blog posts!

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment