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A whole lot of fused glass and then some …

My first run-in with glue-on

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!

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Donuts instead of chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

This year, you might want to give her a donut instead of chocolates. Or better still, give her both!

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Fused Glass Donut Listings on Etsy and 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!

I finished all the fused glass donuts that you saw in the last post and listed them with Etsy and 1000 Markets.
Here are some photos and links:

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Etsy, Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Boston Cream Here; Donut Update #2

This is the final update about the new donut shaped pendants I am making.

I found the perfect sterling silver bails. They are minimalist and modern without any decorations or Schnickschnack (German for ‘knickknack’). They mirror the silver inclusions in color without overwhelming anything about the glass design, I think.
Yet, at the same time, they are sturdy and I don’t have to worry about not being able to use larger diameter cords or chains.

Now Christmas is coming up and I did need something for my mom. I’m not going to see her this year for the holidays as I usually do, so I needed something I could send her in the mail to Germany.
She is very religious and always wanted something with a cross but she isn’t into bright popping colors and a lot of Schnickschnack (there it is again). She has a couple of stone donuts already, so I knew she likes the shape. I tried to stay on the muted color side with the design I came up with. I’m going to send her both because I really don’t know about the colors and now I can only hope she likes them.

November 26, 2009 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to the basics!

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For me, the past couple of months have been taken up with elaborate schemes of three-dimensional effects of silver in glass and my brain was/is filled with ideas and possible effects in PMC.

I have been moving away more and more from the simple, minimalistic but clear and colorful style I started with.

It’s good to evolve. It’s good to develop and learn new things but once you get the feeling that complexity and effect start to get in the way of aesthetics, it’s time to stop and maybe take a step back.

So, I have gone back to the basics and I realized that sometimes simple may be as good or even better.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Work in Progress: Update

So, you remember one of the previous posts about some new unfinished fused glass pendants. A couple of them are now all done and I even have a few photos.

Here are the samples:

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October 4, 2009 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Down By The Seaside Challenge

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!

Jewelry Artisans’ Marketplace is a group of jewelry designers on the 1000 Markets venue. Every month, we are having a themed challenge. This will be my first one as a new member of this group.

It is not a competition but rather a fun reason to focus creativity towards a theme and at the same time provide inspiration.

Here is my entry to the Down By The Seaside Challenge. It’s called “Scuba View”.

Scuba ViewThe pendant is diagonally separated into an opaque and a transparent half. The core is a medium sky blue with some cobalt, marine blue and sparkling dark blue accents. Fine silver circles of different sizes are layered in two depths to create the illusion of bubbles in water. The glass added its own detail by creating real bubbles that fit wonderfully into the theme.

Please click HERE to check out a slide show of all the beautiful entries to the Down By The Seaside Challenge.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Want to win a one-of-a-kind Pet Pendant?

Do you want to win this one-of-a-kind pet pendant for your best friend?

Pet Pendant

On July 11, 2009, this fused glass piece will be up for grabs at the “Marching Mustangs Music and Canine Extravaganza”.  You can download their flyer for the event HERE.

So if you are anywhere around Brick NJ at that time, don’t miss out on lots of doggy fun and great give-aways!

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Events, Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love at First Firing

RCGr0782So I assume, it happens to every artisan periodically. You identify and sympathize with every piece you create, but every once in a while there is one piece that is special. You open the lid of the kiln after the firing (in the glass fuser’s case) and your reaction is: <in a deep voice> “Hello, gorgeous!!!” Well, maybe not exactly like that, but you get my point.

Recently, that is what happened to me when I first saw the fused glass piece I call “Moon Shadow”. It’s funny because when it happens, I immediately know the right name for it too. No brainstorming required and when I’m stuck in the naming process, I don’t have to tell my husband that it’s probably not a good idea to call a fused glass piece “Bob” (I’m just kidding. He is usually very good at helping me back on the right track).

Moon Shadow 2I took all the photos I need of it, yet, I haven’t been able to bring myself to list it in either one of the marketplaces I use. It seems, it wants to stay with me, at least until the next time I open the kiln and find love at first firing.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Fused Glass, GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Emphasis on Depth

The Better Half

Lately, I have been concentrating on finding ways to create more depth in my fused glass pendants.

The pendant that I call “The Better Half” is one example of what I came up with.

I started cutting the fine silver designs apart, so to say, and placed the separate parts at different depths inside the glass. The effect is quiet fascinating to me. If you look at the pendant head on, you can see the complete design. Once you start turning the pendant and looking at it from either side, the different pieces of the motif move further and further apart.

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Unfortunately, a lot of the pieces designed that way, do not turn out correctly. The top layers of the glass tend to move more than the bottom layers during the firing and therefore it is difficult to predict where to place the fine silver pieces during the assembly.

However, the pieces that do turn out, repay me in a big way!

May 20, 2009 Posted by | GlassFancy Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment