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Fused Glass Pendants are a Perfect Compliment to Your New Holiday Attire!

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 Pink Stained Glass Pendant and Earrings

 Angular Glass Pendant with Checkerboard Dichroic

Fused Glass, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the technique, is a process where glass is fired in a kiln to achieve a desired result.  There are basically three stages in glass fusing that will help you achieve your desired results.  Slumping, a technique used to make things such as glass vases results at temperatures between 1100-1250 degrees fahrenheit.  Tack fusing, where glass is stacked and fused, yet still textural, is heated at temperatures between 1250-1350 degrees fahrenheit.  Fully fused pieces are fused at temperatures above 1350, but not exceeding 1700 degrees.  Fused glass is referred to by people who work with glass as warm glass, whereas glassblowing is a hot glass technique where a flame is used.  There is evidence of glass fusing amongst the Egyptians, however Romans were the first to be prolific glass workers.

 Asymmetrical Green, Black, and Honeycomb Pendant  Bronze, Purple, and Gold Glass Pendant

The pendants shown above, excluding the pink pendant, are all tack fused pieces.  You can clearly see the separate layers of glass that were used to make the pendants, and the pendants have more defined shape and texture than pieces that are fully fused.  The pink pendant is simply a nice chunk of stained glass that was fused to round the edges.  The other pendants pictured above are a combination of stained glass  and dichroic glass.  Dichroic glass, used by glass artists,  is made by vaporizing  a coating of metal oxides onto glass in a vacuum.  Dichroic glass often has an initial visible color, yet another color that reflects when light hits a piece.  The dichroic glass in the pieces above is the shiny, textured, and patterned glass.  If your interested in any of the pieces above simply double click the photo for further information about each pendant!IMG_0295

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A Happy Accident

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My mother has always been the glass artist in the family.  Up until now I have focused mainly on painting and making beaded jewelry.  Recently having opened Love Life Live Life in Gatlinburg, Tennessee it became apparent to me that I too would have to learn how to fuse glass to keep up with the demand for unique pieces of jewelry so desired by my customers.

About one week ago my mom lent me her kiln and supplied me with some glass to get started and I was off to the races.

The first time I fired this piece, admittedly, I forgot I was running the kiln.  The design that I had in mind was lopsided, marbled, and fully fused, which were qualities in the piece I wasn’t, at that time, inviting.  I continued to fire the piece two more times placing a base color of blue glass behind the charcoal organic center, followed by a firing of green frit onto the pendant.  The end product is powerful, organic, and beautiful and truly is a happy accident.

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Take a Walk on the Reptile Side…

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Alligator Skin

As might be expected, some of the necklaces I make are inspired whence rummaging through a bead store and coming across beads that catch my eye. This certainly applies to my Alligator Skin beaded jewelry necklace.

I really loved the earthy quality of the triangular accent beads that I’ve used as a focal point for this necklace, and actually helped to really free style the design. This took several times of putting the necklace together, remaining unhappy with it, and reassembling it until I got it just right; balancing the slightly uncanny color palette. The result is a wonderfully expressive tribal piece that is quite reptilian. Wear it and connect with the reptile inside!

Alligators and Crocodiles have always been widely recognized symbols of power and strength, as well as, stealth, patience, and ‘hidden danger’.

Dream analysts say that seeing an alligator or crocodile in your dreams gives you an opportunity to be mindful of anything in your life that may not be visible on the surface, but is waiting to strike suddenly and without mercy.

Jungian analysts believe that an alligator pendant can be useful in keeping your inner alligator or shadow (the part of yourself that you wish the most was not there) locked away.

Ancient Egyptians depicted Sobek (their god of creativity) as a crocodile. Even Sekhmet, an Egyptian warrior goddess, was sometimes depicted with a crocodile’s head. This was an illustration of her power and ability to defend their sun god Ra by crushing his foes in order to defend his kingdom. Egyptians embalmed many of these ‘holy crocodiles’ in the same manner as they did humans. According to the Greek historian, Heroditus, the pyramids were beyond description, but the labyrinthine temples containing the mummies of crocs and kings impressed him more.

Tattoo and Totem specialists say that the alligator or crocodile symbol might suggest that there’s more to you than meets the eye, or may represent the qualities of maternal love, swiftness, survival instinct, primal energy, and an unbridled creative force.

Alligator Skin

Get my Alligator Skin beaded jewelry necklace and take a Walk on the Reptile Side!

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