Announcement My fused glass jewelry, gifts and home decor items are designed in my studio, cut from high quality glass, and fused in my kiln. Many of the jewelry pieces feature my hand crafted kumihimo braid cords. All items in my shop are ready to ship now. Custom orders available upon request.
My fused glass jewelry, gifts and home decor items are designed in my studio, cut from high quality glass, and fused in my kiln. Many of the jewelry pieces feature my hand crafted kumihimo braid cords. All items in my shop are ready to ship now. Custom orders available upon request.
Learning to speak Italian
One of my retirement dreams is a Tuscan vacation, so when I heard that the local community center was offering Italian classes, I went to investigate. When I arrived, waiting in a line at the information desk, I had time to read all the brochures at the center. That's when I noticed a class in glass fusing. Now that sounded more interesting than language classes. I went home and read all I could find online about this fascinating art form, and I was hooked. Back at the community center, I started the next available class in glass fusing. As I studied, I met many glass artists who generously helped me learn my craft.
After a few years of experimenting with glass, making dishes, coasters, jewelry and more, I had gifted family and friends with the products of my new obsession. I kept getting the same response - "You should sell these". So I took the leap & joined the Etsy family.
I still can't speak Italian.
A bit about glass fusing:
I begin by cutting layers of glass in the desired shape. They are carefully cleaned. Any dust or fingerprints can be magnified in the fusing process. After arranging the glass in my kiln, I program the kiln to set the rate of heat up, the temperature to be reached (often 1450º), hold time and cool down time. All these steps play key roles in the appearance and durability of the glass. Typically, this takes 12 to 14 hours. Sometimes I add decorative bits of glass and fuse again. Finally, after the glass has cooled, it is placed in a mold and fused again to form a bowl, plate, candle holder or many other items.
Then there's glass casting:
Finely ground glass, called frit, can be loaded in a mold and fused, much like the process for fusing sheet glass. This process is used to make the shell shapes, leaves, magnets, donut and pillow pendants seen in my shop.
As I made more jewelry, I became dissatisfied with available cords and chains to go with them, so I began to make my own. I received many positive comments on my kumihimo braid necklaces and bracelets. I've expanded this category to include the addition of small charms and other adornments. The braiding has become as satisfying as the glass making for me, and these items have an equal share of my shop space. My thanks for the customer support of both categories.
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Owner, Maker, Designer
I'm a retired retailer, computer operations manager, mother of two & grandmaother of two. Origanally from Ohio, I settled in Florida after college at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
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