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:
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. =)
The way I create my fused glass pieces is sometimes a bit odd.
At times, I fuse a whole lot of pieces to fill up the kiln and then about half of them go into a box and I don’t look at them again until a couple of week or months later, depending how much time I have.
It mixes things up a little bit and a lot of times I totally forget about the pieces in the box and it’s fun to rummage through it and rediscover them.
So, I rediscovered one piece this way and it’s sending me a bit of a mixed message.
It’s a large piece because I intended it to be cold worked so that it has distinct edges and a perfect rectangular form.
I make a lot of pendants because pendants are an easy piece of jewelry to wear and because a lot of my designs have a vertical tendency. Brooches, on the other hand, have a more horizontal tendency in my opinion and somehow that doesn’t come natural to me.
This piece, however, could really be both, a pendant or a brooch and I have trouble deciding.
So, what do you think: vertical pendant like in the first photo or horizontal brooch like in the second photo?
Which one is it?
At the moment, I am very much lacking in the time department. Between work, my husband’s business and the college class I am taking, I am spread very thin.
The little bit of time I spend in my “dungeon of glass” is stolen from my college class and I have trouble really enjoying it because the whole time I am thinking: “I should really be writing my lab journal right now.”
Nevertheless, I finally managed to fuse the load of glass that has been very slowly accumulating in my kiln for more than 3 weeks.
I was trying to develop something like a line of retro-looking fused glass pendants. The idea is taken from a pendant that I made a couple of years ago and that really stuck in my mind.
The design has fine silver geometrical patterns at two different depths and, in my opinion, it looks great no matter what color you put around it.
Below you can see the deep layer of fine silver circles peeking through.
I have to apologize but I am showing you the pieces exactly how they came out of the kiln because I am honestly not quiet sure when I will have the time to finish them.
And now I will finish writing my lab journal! =)
I wanted to show you my new glue-on bails!
From now on, I am going to create a number of my pendants with these nifty glue-ons instead of drilling and then working sterling wire to connect a bail.
I still think that the drilled pendants are probably more sturdy but eliminating one whole firing and also some additional costs for the diamond drill bits and the sterling wire is a good argument to give it a try.
A few of these pendants are already listed on eBay. I meant to try selling on eBay for a while now but never really got going with it. It seems to be the time for firsts!
My kitchen needs help.
It’s been softly whimpering for years but my husband and I are very good at turning a blind ear towards these kinds of things.
Upon entering, at the time we bought the house, the first thing that would come jumping for your face like an alien face hugger was the pink counter top. Well, to be correct, people informed me that this color was called ‘salmon’. You know, the kind that was the latest fad in the 1950s.
We did away with the fish colored eye insult but since neither of us have even the smallest inclination of the home-maker kind, a lot of other stuff has been ignored until now.
I picked out a muted yellow paint for the walls and the bucket of spackle stands ready.
The biggest problem is the cabinets. They are very plain and I don’t think there is much that can be done to rescue them other than maybe adding some cool knobs and pulls.
So, we have now finally arrived at the main motivation for this blog post!
I have started fusing some trial knobs and despite the fact that I still have to refine their overall shape a bit, I am very pleased with the first samples.
These first three will be roughly square-shaped but I definitely have to try some round ones as well.
Although it will be quiet the pain to shape the fine silver inclusion into vines and leaf shapes, I could not resist trying it since it seems more of a kitchen motif.
But I am also very partial to bubbles in glass and it would be a lot easier, given that I will have to copy the design about 25 times.
The next step will be to find some nice and preferably low price hardware for the knobs. On first glance, they seem to be quiet expensive.
If anybody has some suggestions on knob and pull hardware, I would appreciate you sharing.
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.
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.
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!
My strategy from the first part of this post has paid off.
I picked two more color combos and filled another kiln shelf. Here is a photo of the pile of glass that resulted.
The design that requires the smallest number of firings and therefore got done the fastest are my donut shapes.
I took some photos of a few of them separately and once I get more pictures, a selection is going to be listed in my Etsy, 1000 Market and Artfire store. (Click the thumbnails to see a larger version.)
I am still working on the other pieces to make pendants, earrings and cold worked designs but I will need some more time to finish the next badge. So check back a little later =)