Regena Call on Aug 20, 2016
Beautiful and well made
leslie frank on Aug 11, 2016
Love this nightlight. Have it in my laundry room. Looks great! Thank you.
Diane Page on Aug 1, 2016
This night light is beyond perfect for my new granddaughter! It's a little bigger than I thought it would be, which is wonderful! I love it! Thank you for accommodating me so quickly!!!
Sparkle, Color and Reflection!
I like to create beautiful functional art in the form of accessories and home decor. The material I use is art glass (like stained glass and blown glass) that can be fused / shaped / kiln-carved, at temperatures between 1300 and 1700 degrees Fahrenheit (the "warm glass" category). Warm glass work involves fusing, slumping, and other glass-forming processes that take place in a kiln. Glassblowers work at temperatures that can exceed 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, and that is referred to as "hot glass".
I enjoy the process, the challenges, the sparkle and shimmer, and the amazing relationship that glass has with light. Inspiration often starts with a specific idea, but sometimes after I stare at the glass a while (and it stares back), what I intended to do becomes something else entirely. That’s what I love most; the creative process guides me where I am *supposed* to go.
Everything about my work with glass is home grown quality, it's made from sheets of art glass produced in the USA. The glass is hand cut and shaped in my home workshop, then permanently fused into the final product in my kiln. The slow, programmed cooling process (annealing) hardens the glass. (Obviously I don't make the metal barrette clips or the light fixtures.)
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IF YOU WANT DETAILS, HERE'S THE PROCESS
Projects are "fluid", in that there are several pieces in progress in different stages at any given time. When you buy handmade, it's helpful to be aware of the artist's process. Glass fusing is not something you do in one day or one sitting. Here's why:
- Shopping for glass supplies and tools, unpacking, cleaning and organizing them all in the studio is just the beginning. All artisans have to spend administrative time on things like searching for materials, placing orders, tracking expenses and so on, so I won’t go into all that.
- Sheet glass and smaller scrap pieces of glass need to be sorted by type and color.
- Glass is moved to the cutting table once I decide on a design.
- Once major cuts are completed, there is always some nipping, refining and shaping to be done. No glass goes to waste, not even the little bits. Glass scraps are continually sorted by color size, and type, to be incorporated into future projects.
- The glass elements are cleaned at EACH step of the process until finally placed into the kiln. This keeps foreign substances from marring the clarity and beauty of the glass.
- At the far end of the cutting table there are assembled pieces waiting for their turn in the kiln. Depending on the outcome desired, they will be fired at different temperatures, so they are sorted into their appropriate categories. When there is enough of one category to fill the kiln, they will be fired.
- After coming out of the kiln some pieces need refinement, and are then added to the line of pieces waiting to be cold worked (hand filed or smoothed out on the grinder). These pieces then have to be returned to the kiln for a final fire polish.
- There are pieces that get re-fired for the purpose of adding more design elements.
- Some pieces will be returned to the kiln again, to be further shaped with a mold.
- And then there is the time spent cleaning the work area, cleaning & repairing equipment, and mixing and reapplying kiln wash.
- Technical aspects of glass have to be factored into my projects – coefficient of expansion, glass maker, glass type, proper annealing, and calculating firing schedules.
- Photographing the pieces is usually a challenge because glass is so reflective, and some colors are more difficult than others. Be aware that monitors may display colors slightly differently - I try to describe items as accurately as I can.
Working with glass can be messy, dirty, wet, hazardous, and sometimes a bit bloody – requiring a band-aid here and there - but I enjoy it. I have fun experimenting to see how many ways I can combine and reshape glass. I hope you will check back OFTEN to see what I've created.
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Owner, Maker, Designer
I like to ensure that my customers will own something unique. I love both the challenges and the beautiful outcomes with art glass.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- American Express
- Apple Pay
- SOFORT Bank Transfer
- Etsy Gift Card
NOTE: You do not need a Paypal account to pay via Paypal - explanation here:
All payments must be received in full before items are shipped.
- Payments will be considered received once they are cleared (not pending).
- Payments are expected within 48 hours of purchase, unless a prior arrangement is made with me. Otherwise the purchase will be cancelled.
- Items ready to ship are mailed within 1-2 days
(except Sundays when there is no mail service).
- All purchases ship from my home workshop.
I use standard USPS shipping, and when possible (always in the U.S.) I ship with delivery confirmation. If you would like insurance please contact me for cost information and I will provide you with a revised invoice.
I ship via:
- First Class Mail or Priority Mail for smaller objects (3-7 days in US) and
- Parcel Select (3-9 days in US) for larger, heavier objects.
I use ample packing materials (peanuts, bubble wrap) to keep your product safe during it's journey to you. Shipping costs include packaging and handling.
Shipping upgrades are available upon request, but please keep in mind this will increase your shipping costs.
I will ship internationally to many countries. If your country is not on my list it's likely because I haven't shipped there before. Contact me for an estimate.
CUSTOMS AND DUTIES FEES
International customers are responsible if any duties, taxes, or other fees are incurred on international packages.
DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS:
Any discount I offer for shipping multiple items only applies if the items are being shipped to the same (single) address.
You can always contact me with questions using Etsy's "contact" tool or at 1fashionglass [!at] gmail.com.
VERIFY YOUR ADDRESS
Please make sure that your shipping address is up to date with Etsy records. The address on record is provided by you, and I ship to the address that is automatically populated in Etsy's shipping form. As a result, I cannot accept responsibility for misdirected packages.
If a package is returned to me undelivered for any reason, I will contact you to see if there was an error in your shipping information and to find out if you want it re-shipped. If the address you provided in Etsy was wrong, you'll be responsible for additional shipping costs to ship it to you again. I'll reship your package once you verify that your given address in Etsy is corrected, and payment to re-ship is received.
- If you indicate that you don't want the merchandise, I'll issue a refund minus the shipping fee.
- If I don't hear back from you within one week, I'll issue a refund minus the cost of shipping.
I ship with delivery confirmation in the U.S. Please watch the progress of your shipment via the USPS tracking number provided to you. Once it is on record as having been delivered, verify that you did receive it. It may be in your mailbox, on your porch, or at your garage door. If you did not find it, check with your neighbors first to see if they were asked to hold it for you. If none of them has it, contact your local USPS immediately.
Legally, sellers are not responsible for lost or stolen packages, but the post office does misplace things on occasion and I will gladly help take steps to find and re-direct your package. The tracking number enables you to track the package at your end. USUALLY the missing package is being held for you by a neighbor, or USPS delivered it to a wrong address in your area and can retrieve it.
ALTERNATE SHIPPING ADDRESS
If you should need to ship a package to an address other than your own, you have the option to add additional shipping addresses in your account. At checkout, you will be prompted to select the address you choose, to which we'll send the package. This address will automatically appear in the Etsy-generated shipping form that I print and use to ship the item.
****All items entering a foreign country are subject to customs inspection and the assessment of duties and taxes in accordance with that country's national laws. These duties and taxes are NOT included in the listed shipping costs and may be due before you can receive your item. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying, or use this handy calculator:
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns or exchanges can be made within 14 days of receipt:
- First, please contact us to let us know what action you want to take.
- Items must be in original, undamaged, unused condition.
- Use the same quality packaging in which it was shipped to you.
(You may be able to reuse the same packaging.)
- All items returned in original condition will be refunded minus shipping charges. Buyer is responsible for return shipping costs, and I require a delivery confirmation with your return package. Delivery confirmation is FREE with first class, parcel post, and with flat rate shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
- At top right of the page next to your name - click on:
- Your Account > Purchases & Reviews.
Check out my "About" page for more information about my work.