Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dichroic Beads and Imagine

 This large bead is a dichroic bead made from dichroic glass. Several of the beads on this necklace are fused glass beads. There are some interesting beads on this necklace that are iridescent on one side and black on the other. Being a creative collector, I have lots of different things in the studio including beads.
 An imagine gold plated charm on a crystal bracelet seems to shine.
The center bead is dichroic as well as the second bead to the right and the left. The 4th, 5th, and 6th beads are the glass iridescent beads. Finished with a vintaje finding. Waiting for a new home... ~

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Adventures in Fused Glass

 One of the many reasons I really enjoy creating with glass is you are never quite sure of how glass will fuse. These two pieces are from the same piece of dichroic glass. They are turned in opposite ways. The blue green on the right side of e left fused glass is the same as the red on the right fused glass piece.
 The large square is dichroic glass on black bullseye glass. The earrings are the same glass with clear glass on the top.
               These will become a necklace and earrings. Imagine these in the sunshine.
 I often will fused copper cutouts in my glass. The glass on the lower left has a bubble inside the heart. The one on the right has no bubbles. The pendant has a few bubbles. Once there was a bubble right where an eye would have been on a bird.
 This is the same piece photographed at two different angles. It was a piece of dichroic with designs in black on the glass. I recently glued it to a small copper charm. What does the design look like to you? ~

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Antique pendant, agate, and aventurine necklace

 I purchased this pendant at an antique store. It reminds me of dogwoods blooming in the spring.
 For this necklace, I used aventurine and agate.  Green aventurine is said to to a stone of optimism and a zest for life according to the Book of Stones. Agate helps with balance and stability and if recovering from an illness. The two green stones are also earth stones.
Here is a close up of the agate with all the different variations of the gemstones. The round stones are aventurine. A little bit of spring all year long.... ~

Friday, January 9, 2015

Warm Glass Earrings

There are those times when you put into the kiln a lot of creative work and most of it doesn't quite work out as you intended. Yesterday was one of those days. I did find a few little nuggets that will soon be made into earrings.

 These are dichroic glass. The top ones are covered in clear glass. The bottom ones are dichroic glass fused upon black glass. They are cut in the shape of a square but turn into a circle most of the time.
 I will glue on a backing on each piece of glass. Then I will attach either sterling silver or 14K gold filled ear wires. The prices of all my fused glass earrings are $20.

Little nuthatches on white opalescent glass and three layers of purple glass are shown above. Next week, I hope to be able to share just a few more earrings. ~