csmartglass

Fused Glass Jewelry, Dichroic Glass, Happy Glass Colors

Cheshire, Connecticut · 1922 Sales

csmartglass

Fused Glass Jewelry, Dichroic Glass, Happy Glass Colors

Cheshire, Connecticut 1922 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Cheryl

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Announcement   Welcome to my world of sparkling, color-shifting dichroic glass jewelry. If you need a little happy color in your life or if you know someone who does, you have come to the right place! I love exploring color and I layer up the glass to create fresh and exciting pieces. Each item receives my individual attention--from designing to firing to individually shaping each glass cabochon before it is fire polished. You will notice that my earrings are not all the same shape, (though the pairs match) too! This is because they are more interesting that way. This is time consuming work, but I do it because I value good craftsmanship and fine art. My prices reflect the time, care, and excellent materials that go into each beautiful piece.

Dichroic glass, originally invented as optical glass for space telescopes, is beautifully iridescent--it looks especially amazing in natural light. Photos do not do it justice! Dichroic jewlery is a gift to cherish too.

Let the beautiful color-shifting glass add some happy to your day!

If you don't see the colors you are looking for, please send me an email. I may have the color on hand but not yet posted in my shop. Or I can make you a custom something!

Thank you all for visiting my shop and for supporting independent artists!

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Last updated on Mar 22, 2018

Welcome to my world of sparkling, color-shifting dichroic glass jewelry. If you need a little happy color in your life or if you know someone who does, you have come to the right place! I love exploring color and I layer up the glass to create fresh and exciting pieces. Each item receives my individual attention--from designing to firing to individually shaping each glass cabochon before it is fire polished. You will notice that my earrings are not all the same shape, (though the pairs match) too! This is because they are more interesting that way. This is time consuming work, but I do it because I value good craftsmanship and fine art. My prices reflect the time, care, and excellent materials that go into each beautiful piece.

Dichroic glass, originally invented as optical glass for space telescopes, is beautifully iridescent--it looks especially amazing in natural light. Photos do not do it justice! Dichroic jewlery is a gift to cherish too.

Let the beautiful color-shifting glass add some happy to your day!

If you don't see the colors you are looking for, please send me an email. I may have the color on hand but not yet posted in my shop. Or I can make you a custom something!

Thank you all for visiting my shop and for supporting independent artists!

Cheryl

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Cheryl

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About

Artist of Color & Light

I have worked in Art education for over 25 years but my full time job vanished during the recession. One of the subjects I taught at school was Jewelry Design--I wanted to add something fresh to the course, so I took my first glass fusing class.

Though my own first love as an artist was painting, I quickly "warmed up" to working with hot glass and began to experiment with it on my own. The shimmery reflective glass called "dichroic" captivated me. Dichroic was originally invented as an optical glass for space telescopes; it is made in a special vacuum kiln which leaves a thin metal oxide film on the surface.  The metal surface can have patterns, textures, and at least two colors (di=two, chroic=color) --the transmitted and the reflected.  I love to layer up  transparent dichroic glass  over colors, just the way I used to with oil paint glazes, only I have an additional element at play:  light! I do all of my work by hand--from the designing and shaping to the firing and finishing. I am wild for color and love to make vibrant combinations. My work tends to be abstract and intuitive. As a teacher and artist creativity and originality have always been dear to my heart, and all of my pieces are one of a kind.

I opened my Etsy shop originally as a venue for my students to see my own work, and also so that they could use the site as an educational resource to see what other jewelers were making. And I am still here!

Shop members

  • Cheryl

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Everything!

    Art Educator for 25+ years, loved oil painting until I discovered glass, Masters with concentration in Art History.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 7, 2018
Welcome to my shop! I hope you like my unique, colorful wearable glass art. I love what I do--I love the colors, the patterns, the way the light plays on the glass. I design, create and hand shape every single glass cabochon--so your jewelry will be one-of-a-kind. I go beyond basic glass fusing to create original and artful work with fascinating depth and sparkle.

Here's a little info about the descriptions and jewelry.

All measurements of earrings and pendants are from the top edge of the ear wire to the bottom edge of glass., unless otherwise noted on the description. Width of the glass cabochon is measured at the widest point. Since I shape all glass cabs by hand, without molds, there can be a natural and slight variation in shapes. Handmade work, unlike factory work, tends to be a little more organic!

Though the photos show a view of the earrings or pendant, remember that dichroic glass not only transmits but also reflects color. So, there is more to it than meets the camera lens! The glass will wow you in person! In addition, the shimmering, changeable colors interact with each other and are enhanced by different light sources as well as natural skin tones. Also, computer screens and monitors will have color variations.

About pricing: I only post my best work, so the quality is high. I base my prices on the amount of glass used, time involved, number of firings, shapings (all done by hand), and layers I do, plus components (silver vs gold, which is more expensive), or sterling/gold filled, etc. Unless noted, ear wires are either .925 sterling silver or 14K gold filled. Bails are silver or gold plated and are quality items. Chains/cords are stering or gold plated, though I do offer some lovely .925 sterling chains to purchase separately.

SHIPPING & VAT TAXES: I ship USPS first class. I do not provide insurance, so if you wish to have it, please let me know and I will let you know what the Post Office' s fee for it is. International First Class does not provide tracking, so once a mailing leaves the U.S. I have no idea how long delivery by a non-U.S. post office might take. International customers are responsible for paying any taxes and customs fees.

I welcome CUSTOM ORDERS! Please convo me to describe what you would like. Because of the nature of custom orders, I do need to charge a bit more; earrings, for example, start at $35. Depending on my work load and whether I will need to order specific kinds of glass, custom orders can take anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks. Please order at least a month in advance if you need the items for a specific date; if it is an international order, please add an additional 2+ weeks to allow for the shipping time. Coupons may not be used on custom orders. Custom orders do need to be paid at the time the order is requested. Thank you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
RETURNS or EXCHANGES: My hope is that you will love your jewelry as much as I do! If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, I want to know! Please send me an email within seven days of the receipt of your order (verifiable by the tracking info) to tell me your concern. I will do everything I can to make your purchase a satisfactory experience for you! Items should be returned first class with tracking within a few days of our email conversation. I will refund your purchase price, minus the shipping, when the item arrives. The item should be in its original new condition, please. I am sorry, but I do not pay for return shipping (if I have made some sort of mix-up, though, please let me know and I will rectify it).

I will do my best to package things carefully. However, in the unlikely event that something breaks during shipping, send me an email within 24 hours of your receipt of the item, please include a photo in your email. If it is possible, I will repair the broken item, or offer a substitution or a refund. If you wish to purchase shipping insurance, please convo me when you purchase your jewelry.

Glass is, by nature, breakable. It is important to handle your jewelry gently. This being said, I have been wearing my own jewelry for many years and have not had an item break, even when it has been accidentally dropped. Small pieces of fired glass tend to be quite strong. I hold no liability for breakage or damage once the item leaves my possession and/or due to dropping or other misuse of glass jewelry.

All items are unique! As dichroic glass is made in small batches, there are always slight variations in the color lots, registration, etc. And then the glass has variations in each firing as well. So a substitution/replacement would be as close as possible to the original item, but an identical copy is not possible.
Payment
You may check out using Etsy's Direct Checkout--which uses a credit card, Paypal, or Money Order (U.S.). Payment is expected at the time of your order. If you choose to pay with a money order--I will need to receive it, naturally, before I mail out your items.

For international orders, please pay with Paypal or credit card only. Buyer is responsible for paying any customs fees. Once mailings leave the U S, I have no way to track them or to guarantee their delivery. It will take several weeks for your item to arrive--times have ranged from 3 weeks to as many as 6 or more, depending on the country to which the item is being shipped.

Connecticut residents will need to pay the 6.35% sales tax, which will factor in automatically when you check out.

If you have any problems during the checkout process, please convo me right away and I will help you sort it out.

If you would like me to hold an item for you, I can do this too, for a few days. Just send me an Etsy convo and I will put a "reserved" notice on the item.

I do not provide insurance for items I ship. If you would like to purchase that, or upgrade to USPS Priority Shipping, for that matter, please contact me and we can set that up. If a customer buys several items, I will often upgrade to Priority Shipping.

All CUSTOM ORDERS must be paid for when the order is placed.

Thank you for supporting my work and for buying from independent artisans!!
Shipping
VAT or CUSTOMS TAXES: INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: please note that your home country may charge an additional import tax on the item you have purchased. Not all countries do, but some do, and it can be a shock to discover you have to pay it, so I am mentioning it here. This fee is your responsibility; it is not part of the Etsy shipping fee, nor does it have anything to do with Etsy nor Etsy sellers. It is between you and your home country.

Once your payment has cleared, I will ship your item(s) to the address linked to your Paypal account or Etsy account unless you tell me otherwise. If it is a gift order, it is possible for you to enter the recipient's shipping address when you place the order, just click on the "new address" link. I ship USPS first class, which is fairly prompt. I usually ship the day after your order, unless it is the weekend or a post office holiday, or if we have a blizzard :))

If you wish priority shipping or insurance, let me know and I will tell you what the cost will be.
Additional policies and FAQs
Regarding color: remember that the glass colors will shift a little in different lighting and as you move your head. This is the beauty of dichroic glass! The transparent glass has greater depth when held against skin, which is why I sometimes photograph it that way. I have done my best to capture accurate colors, but the color of dichroic glass is, by nature, shifting, elusive, and difficult to photograph. And the colors on computer screens also do vary.

Dichroic glass colors look much more amazing in person :) )