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About the Artist: My name is Linda Hansen and I am a native Texan that has traveled all over the U.S. due to my father’s military background. I have a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design/Applied Arts and have worked in the arts most of my adult life.

My husband and I retired in Port Aransas, Texas in 2003 and after taking a fused glass art class - I have found my true love in fused glass art. You will find my glass art in gift shops and galleries in several cities in Texas and Colorado as well as in cities as far away as Dublin, Ireland. Most of my handcrafted jewelry are created from fusible glass and dichroic glass, and then fired in a kiln. I also paint with acrylics and water colors.


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  • Female
  • Born on July 14
  • Joined August 29, 2009

Favorite materials

Glass, Dichroic glass, Silver

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About

About the Artist: My name is Linda Hansen and I am a native Texan that has traveled all over the U.S. due to my father’s military background. I have a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design/Applied Arts and have worked in the arts most of my adult life.

My husband and I retired in Port Aransas, Texas in 2003 and after taking a fused glass art class - I have found my true love in fused glass art. You will find my glass art in gift shops and galleries in several cities in Texas and Colorado as well as in cities as far away as Dublin, Ireland. Most of my handcrafted jewelry are created from fusible glass and dichroic glass, and then fired in a kiln. I also paint with acrylics and water colors.


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About my work: Dichroic is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles. Dichroic jewelry is made from a specialty glass called dichroic glass. This glass is a spin-off of the space industry. It is used to make the face shield in the space helmets used by NASA astronauts. Dichroic-coated glass is produced by a process called “thin film physics” and is generally referred to as a color separator. This glass has thin layers of metallic oxides, such as titanium, silicon, and magnesium which are deposited upon the surface of the glass in a high temperature, vacuum furnace. When dichoric glass is viewed at even slightly different angles, you will see a variety of different colors as you rotate it.

The process used in making dichroic jewelry involves taking different shapes and colors of dichoric glass and “layering” it into the desired final product. After the desired shape is obtained, it is then fired in a jewelry kiln at temperatures up to 1500 degrees F.

Each piece of my jewelry is as individual as the person wearing it. No two pieces will be the same. I hand-craft each piece in my home studio in Port Aransas, TX. This jewelry is more expensive than “costume” jewelry due to the high price of dichroic glass and the time involved in creating each piece.

The recent use of dichroic glass in jewelry making has made this type jewelry very popular within the fashion industry.

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