Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas in July

Cooking up: warm glass and wire.
Over the last year, I've taken several fused glass classes with local glass artist Joe Takens at the Art Center of Battle Creek. While learning how to cut, fuse, coldwork and finish the dichroic glass pieces, I became completely hooked! I'm not known for my patience, so the process of imagining the final product while planning and constructing the piece, then setting it in the kiln and closing the door... holding my breath... then coming back and seeing the little jewels, or bowls, or other construct when finally finished-- it was like Christmas morning every week! 

The dichro pendants are stunning stand-alone pieces. Unfortunately, I can never leave well enough alone, and I kept seeing them as focal components of a larger assembly piece. After many failed attempts (too much!) and experimenting with wirework, soldering, and combining various materials with the glass pieces, I am finally pleased with some of the results. Now several months after my first classes, when I see the finished jewelry designs, I have that Christmas feeling all over again! See more at Etsy.

Pictures: "Aglow" pendant (above). Materials include fused dichroic glass pendant, natural bronze wire-wrapped setting, bronze toggle clasp, chain, ball end head pins and jump rings, crystals, bronze charm, chiffon fabric.

"Aglow" earrings (right). Materials include wire-wrapped crystals, crystal pearls, natural brass findings.