A Beginner's Perspective on Fused Glass Jewelry

comments (5) July 24th, 2008     

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VictoriaNorth Victoria North, product manager
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Here is the finished pendant before being fired in the kiln.
Simple red, black, and clear glass can be transformed into a heart pendant.
The heart design is almost complete. You can see the glue surrounding the frit.
Here is the finished pendant before being fired in the kiln.

Here is the finished pendant before being fired in the kiln.

Photo: Victoria North

Last week I was able to spend the day with my friend Luana from Below 14th Studio. We met in May at the Etsy CT Street Team Jewelry Show in North Haven, and have been talking about life, television, and crafts ever since. This particular jewelry show is really important to me, because it was the first time I really felt like I was joining the community and also marked my first post on CraftStylish. Luana and I have been trying to get together for months and finally found the time to meet and work on a project together.

It was nice to finally see her studio in person after getting to know it so well online through blog entries and emails. There were completed project covered the tables which I recognized from her Etsy store. I was even able to get some tips on how Luana takes such great photos.

For my first project, we created a heart pendant made of red, black, and clear glass. I was excited to watch I actually was able to break some of the glass myself. I was even more nervous because this was the last piece of clear glass in the whole studio. Luana has been busy lately and waiting for more supplies. It was actually much easier than I expected, and there are so many creative things you can do with glass.

The first step is coming up with a design. This was fairly easy for me as I have been coveting a design from Below 14th Studio for a while.


Simple red, black, and clear glass can be transformed into a heart pendant.

 

Surrounded by her fantastic, completed projects I was feeling just a little nervous when she began pulling out tools and told me that I was going to help. I moved around to get a better view and worried that I was going to ruin the last piece of clear glass and with it my opportunity to make something.


The clear glass should be a little larger than the finished product to cover the pendant.

The most difficult part is having the confidence to score the glass in a straight line using the cutter. At first I thought I would break the glass, but it was actually fairly easy to make the cut. Using a cloth and breakers I could then just snap the glass on the score line. After my success breaking the glass I turned things back over to the pro.


Luana shows me how to break the glass using a cloth and breakers.

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Comments (5)

hillbiehle writes: congrats! I just recently acquired a kiln to try my hand at fusing glass.
Posted: 7:14 pm on August 6th
iHanna writes: Nice post! I wrote about my experince with glassfusing recently in my blog here:
http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/?p=835

and the finished glass can be viewed here if you're interested:
http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/?p=836

:-)
Posted: 1:04 pm on July 27th
cmk34 writes: Wow! Looks like you had an awesome time with Below14th...you are an official crafter now Vicky!
Posted: 4:05 pm on July 24th
below14th writes: You're doing a great job earning your badges.

Thanks for the visit and excellent conversation and not posting pictures of the messy(er) parts of my studio!
Posted: 1:27 pm on July 24th
Jen_W writes: What a fun day that must have been! The pendant looks great!
Posted: 12:44 pm on July 24th
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