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FUSEDGLASSBYDESIGN

Location

Pleasant Hill, MO, United States

Quick Blurb

Fused Glass By Design creates unique homemade quality fused glass jewelry and functional items.Coming soon! Raku Designs!

Interests

Fused Glass, stain glass, quilting,reading, photography and hgtv.

Skills and Techniques

I have been working in glass for the last 7 years in my home studio. I have taken several glass fusing classes to learn new techniques and skills. I love to experiment with new techniques in glass layering ,decals and metal inclusions.My lastest class was in Raku Glass technique. Look for the Raku addition to my shop coming soon!

Get to Know

I took a local glass fusing class in 2005 and was immediately hooked. I brought a starter kiln and started out fusing plates in my home studio in Missouri. Many of my plates I gifted to family and friends. Everyone loved my glass so I decided to open an Artfire studio in 2011.



When you fuse glass you will end up with leftover glass in a variety of shapes and sizes. What do you do with this glass? I started making jewelry. I do as much research as possible on the internet for new techniques to try out in my studio. I have also taken several glass classes.



To create my unique designs I use a wide range of glass colors,in transparent, opalescent, iridescent and dichrioic glass. Iridescent and dichrioic glass come in different colors and texture. Dichrioic glass has a metalic sheen which changes colors when viewed from different angles.



My designs are created by layering hand cut pieces of fusing glass on a layer of base glass.Some of my jewelry pendants have 4 to 6 layers of glass to produce depth and shading to the pendants. The glass has to heat up slowly to around 1450 degrees (to full fuse) then cooled slowly( anneal).To fire the glass in a kiln will takes around 12 hours. Each pendant is fired in a kiln after each layer is added.



Once the design is completed, the piece is cold worked (to shape a piece of glass)and fire polished( Refire the item in the kiln to polish the glass to a shine) I use molds to form the glass into plates, bowls and vases.



I also use decals, frits and paints in some of my glass items which are a permanent finish.



Jewelry bails are attached with E6000 glue allowed to dry for 24 hours. The jewelry is then heated to 300 degrees for 20 minutes for a permanently bond between the glass pendant and bail.



My jewelry is unique and eye catching for casual or evening wear. My plates, bowls and vases are beautiful and durable for everday use. They can also be used as a focal point in any room. I have also created some fabulous art panels using metal inclusions ( Raku )

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