Creative Jewelry Evolution!

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Creative Jewelry Evolution! As I prepared for a Christmas art&craft show in West Plains, Missouri I was struck by how my dichroic glass jewelry has evolved! When I get ready for a big show I go thru all the containers of jewelry and sort by color and pattern. I was surprised by the creative progression of […]

Survived Another Winter!

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Winter appears to be on the retreat which thrills me as I don’t get much done on my dichroic glass jewelry and stained glass suncatchers when it is cold! But the temperatures are warming up and spring will officially be here in a week! I have been finishing up 10 stained glass suncatchers that were […]

Contact Paper Pattern Step

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Transferring my stained glass pattern design onto contact paper is my next big step in getting my project made! There are numerous methods for transferring a pattern onto glass for cutting. I learned to use white shelving paper that has an adhesive backing that pulls off. I trace the pattern onto the shelving contact paper […]

Making Workable Pattern

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  Making a workable pattern for stained glass can be challenging! To get workable patterns I had to enlarge my image choices to a 15″x 15″ square. I worked out the background with the edge and circle first and drew it out on tracing paper. Next I enlarged the animal head on a separate piece […]

Stained Glass Patterns

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I have been spending time on the stained glass patterns for the windows in the house we are building!  I am making windows with specific wildlife images so I have been researching images and patterns on the internet and in my pattern books. My husband and I have discussed the challenges and we are now […]

New Year 2015

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The new year is here and I have projects new and old to get underway!  I am always thinking about new ways to make my dichroic glass jewelry fresh and interesting! I am experimenting with murrini/millefiore glass. It is not dichoric glass but I may play with adding it to pieces of dichroic. There are […]

Reflecting

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It is a week before Christmas and I have been thinking about future projects and reflecting on past projects – large and small. I will be making four stained glass windows for the cupola in the house my husband, Dave, is building for us. I know it is many months away before the windows are […]

Thankful!

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The holidays are upon us with Thanksgiving just a couple of days away. I retired from my job in Taos, New Mexico and moved to Missouri a year ago. There has been a lot of change for me – most good and a little bad – but I definitely have much to be thankful for. […]

Dichroic Fused Glass and COE

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A major issue when fusing glass is the COE or coefficient of expansion. When glass is heated in the kiln it will expand and it will contract as it cools. Two pieces of glass being fused together must have a compatible COE to create a successful piece of art glass. The expansion and contraction happen […]