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:
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.
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!
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 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 =)
There is definitely something fascinating about bubbles. They have some real tangible esthetics for me. I think I like the roundness and the repetition of shapes. But it’s interesting to note that although they are round, they have a definitive direction to them.
Well, I guess it’s obvious! I am the kind of person that can lose track of time when there is a lava lamp in the room.
So, here is a new cold worked fused glass pendant that is called “Bubble Bath”.
I just finished another cold worked pendant that I wanted to show you.
I very rarely choose only black and/or white glass without at least a splash of color somewhere but this pendant does not have any glass outside of the grey scale. The only other color is a tan to brown chemical reaction between the glass and the metal.