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WillowWalkerDesigns

Location

Bend, Oregon, United States

Quick Blurb

Welcome to my studio of lovely and unique designs combining my love of color, glass, wire and gems.

Interests

stained glass, dichroic glass, glass fusing, jewelry, wire wrapping, wire weaving, beadmaking,slumping, gardening, flowers, hiking, camping, sewing, silk ribbon and regular embroidery, Rendezvous, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Skills and Techniques

I am a second generation glass artist and teacher. I made my first suncatcher when I was eight. I have twenty years experience working in the stained glass & 6+ in fusing.

Find me online @:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/willoww…

Get to Know

I'm a second generation glass artist and teacher who started working in stained glass at the ripe old age of eight! I have always been fascinated with colorful, sparkly and shiny things. It seems only natural that this fascination has led me to create beautiful and unique dichroic fused glass jewelry. From the very beginning I have found wire to be a wonderful way to set my glass. The more I explore wire as an art medium the more I am fascinated by it and the possibilities seem endless. I see a lot of beautiful glass and wire work, but not a lot where the two meet as creatively as I envision. I love the challenge of intricate wire wrapping and learning how to use a cab in place of beads. I do all of my own glass fusing, wire wrapping and beading. I've been inspired by many talented wire artists such as Dale "Cougar" Armstrong, Bobbi of Karma Wired, Eni Oken of Jewelrylessons.com and many other talented designers. I have a romantic, dreamy side that loves flights of fantasy, fairytales, princesses and science fiction. I was raised in an artistically encouraging family. We were always trying some new idea for crafts or to reuse stuff. As a child we grew and canned most of our food. Mom sewed most of our clothes. Back then reduce, reuse and recyle were a economical way of life. I'm a single mother of two living with my surviving son my companion dog, Brutus in Bend, Oregon. I'm surrounded by gorgeous, inspiring, rugged country. Thirty minutes east or west puts me either in the High Desert with all its raw beauty or the Cascade Mountains with their primeval mystery. I have over 15 years experience in stained glass and own a small stained glass retail store and studio What is Dichroic Glass? Dichroic glass is glass with a special metallic coating. The glass is put into a vacumn chamber where metallic and quartz oxides are vaporized. This vapor then condenses onto the glass in a super thin coating. Different layers give the different colors. This coating is only 1/35 millionths of an inch thick. What is fused glass? Fused glass is when two or more layers of glass are heated in a kiln until they melt together.

Bio Photo Gallery

  • WillowWalkerDesigns' Photo Gallery

    The first of my new Elegance Collection. One of 3 entries chosen for a juried exhibition for Sage Gallery in Bandon, Or

  • WillowWalkerDesigns' Photo Gallery

    The second piece of my new Elegance Collection. Second of 3 entries chosen for a juried exhibition for Sage Gallery in Bandon, Or

  • WillowWalkerDesigns' Photo Gallery

    The third of my new Elegance Collection. The third of 3 entries chosen for a juried exhibition for Sage Gallery in Bandon, Or

  • WillowWalkerDesigns' Photo Gallery

    Another one for my new Elegance collection.