Welcome to Glassfancy

A whole lot of fused glass and then some …

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!

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

Experimenting with a new earring design; photo update

In the earlier post Experimenting with a new earring design; a post about posts, I mentioned a few more fused glass pieces that I needed to finish and take some photos of.
So I have done just that and I can now show you some more earrings.

August 30, 2010 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Experimenting with a new earring design; a post about posts

 

The very obvious way to create fused glass earrings is to simply hang the glass by some kind of bail from a type of ear piece like a french hook, for example.
I have these kinds of dangle earring designs in my Etsy store as well.
I am not sure what prompted my recent quest for a different earring design. Maybe it’s because I get bored easily and then I have trouble continuing to do what I have been doing the way I have been doing it.
The dangle earrings had to make way to ear posts and since my fused glass style requires more room than just a small little glass knob, I decided to elongate the glass piece. That creates an earring that is more stationary on the ear but at the same time gives a hanging impression.

On the back side, sterling silver ear posts are soldered onto a piece of sterling silver sheet, which in turn creates a larger contact area so that the glue can create a strong bond.
I have fused a couple of glass pieces with a few different lengths to see what works best. There will be more pictures once they are all finished.

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I start the kiln and melt for you! Part 3

In the past, I have not made very many pairs of fused glass earrings and when I thought about why, two reasons popped in my head.

1. Making one pair of earrings is like making two pendants. (I know that you all know that a pair means two but bear with me.) The glass pieces might be slightly smaller than a pendant but there is not very much difference in material used or time spent.
Consequentially, the price for earrings should be higher than the price for a pendant. Actually, it should almost be double.
Unfortunately, I believe people would perceive this as overpriced.

2. In my somewhat compulsive thinking, the two pieces of a pair of earrings had to be exactly the same. And when I say ‘exactly’, I mean ‘EXACTLY‘!!!!

I am not sure why, all of a sudden, I felt that I needed to make a couple of pairs of earrings but when I started my color combo approach, I planed in a few dangles.
For some reason, the two pieces didn’t have to be EXACTLY the same this time either. It was obvious to me now that the charm of handmade jewelry is very much based on “imperfections” and it defeats the purpose to create things that look so perfect, a machine could have created them.
I am not sure why it took so long for me to understand that. I did always know about that principle and it applied to other people’s creations but somehow it did not sink in regarding my own work until very recently.

Anyways, here are two pairs:

They have been added to my Etsy store and hopefully the earring category is going to fill out a bit more in the future.

Let me know what you think please! I always welcome comments and suggestions as well as critique!

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Etsy, Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More Earrings! This Time in Pink!

I started this project with a sketch that was a bit different from the end product. I imagined an asymmetrical form of silver that cradles the round fused glass cabochons while, at the same time, exposing half of the glass on both sides so the light can do its magic.
Here is the doodle:

I started forming the silver. After putting everything together I realized that, since the two sides are so different, they weigh different and therefore the earring would hang totally crooked if I hang it the way I planed.
Hmmm!
Now I could have either offset the hanging point to balance the form and disrupt the vertical line or just pretend that I meant for it to be crooked. The third choice was to turn it 90 degrees and make it symmetrical.
As you can see below, I stuck with the third choice and I am very happy with the decision.

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry, Precious Metal Clay | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

No fused glass to be seen! But plenty of metal clay instead!

It’s a rare occurence for me when I open the kiln and there is something other than pendants in there.
I went all rebel and made a pair of earrings! Yea, you heard right! Earrings!
And we have another first with these earrings. I used Cubic Zirconias and not glass in these. The stones are a rich, warm brown and sparkle a lot more than glass.

February 21, 2010 Posted by | GlassFancy Jewelry, Precious Metal Clay | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Handmade Jewelry Hub

NOTE (Nov 2010):
Unfortunately, the 1000 Markets venue has sold out and any of the related links in this post do not work any longer!

Twitter just introduced a new way of organizing the blizzard of tweets that you may get hit by on their site. You can now create lists of people that have one common denominator in some shape or form. It makes it a lot easier to filter what you may be interested in and avoid some of the stuff you are not.

So, since I am making handmade jewelry, it was merely a matter of time until I started a list about just that. I have accumulated more than 450 artisans that all make handmade jewelry of some kind. You will find glass, steam punk, wire wrapping, silversmithing, PMC and lots more. Come take a peek and get emerged in style, fashion, color, luxury and bling!

Twitter jewelry list

If you are creating handmade jewelry, have a twitter account and would like to be included in this list, please leave a comment or send me a direct message on Twitter.

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Artfire, Etsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Etsy’s View on String Theory

Here are six interpretations on string theory by Etsy Artisans working in all kinds of media.

It’s ok, you can call me a geek! I love this stuff!

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September 24, 2009 Posted by | Etsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1st Annual Summer Carnival Event

NOTE (Nov 2010):
Unfortunately, the 1000 Markets venue has sold out and any of the related links in this post do not work any longer!

1000 Markets’ NY FESTIVAL is having a Summer Carnival Event!

Starting today and running through Friday, the artisans of this market have designed special items and some limited edition creations. In addition to these brand new items, there are daily raffle prizes. Simply go to the market blog and enter a comment to each raffle announcement and you will be entered for the drawing. The winners will be announced every night at 9 pm Eastern Standard time. Don’t miss out!

Check out some of the exciting new creations for this event:

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July 29, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NY Festival – New Market on 1000 Markets

NOTE (Nov 2010):
Unfortunately, the 1000 Markets venue has sold out and any of the related links in this post do not work any longer!

NY Festival Market

Welcome to the New York Market Square where artisans from 11 regions join together to showcase their talents with an inspired line-up of handmade products. A likeness to the top shopping destinations in New York City, the New York Festival Market boasts product collections rich with art, fashion, fragrances, gourmet, jewelry, paper and needlework. We invite you to browse the shops, meet the merchants and stop by the “We Love New York” forum to tell us what you think.

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June 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment