All of the jewelry featured on Silver Art Glass Jewelry is handmade using Precious Metal Clay (PMC) silver or bronze. Metal clay as a medium is unique because it can be shaped and modeled just like clay, and fuses into gold, bronze, or jeweler’s grade pure .999 silver in the kiln.

Because it can be kiln fired in the same temperature range, PMC silver couples very nicely with glass. Each fused glass cabochon in my designs is individually made, fired, decorated with silver, and then re-fired to produce a beautiful and unique piece of jewelry. I use both the third generation of PMC silver clay (PMC3) and the PMC silver syringe in most of my work.

Metal clay bronze is not compatible with glass in the kiln. The sheer flexibility of the medium before firing, and the warmth of tones in the finished product, make the bronze a great choice for more experimental or elaborate designs. Bronze is a much harder metal than silver, and is a good choice for children’s jewelry because it is also less costly.

Making the PMC silver and glass jewelry introduced me to fused glass, and I fell in love with the idea of being able to create my own window and wall hangings, bowls, and useful decorative pieces. These items make great, one-of-a-kind gifts, and are functional as well as beautiful. All of the bowls and plates are food safe, and are equally lovely on the living room table or the kitchen table.

Each fused glass panel is carefully crafted using individual pieces of hand-cut glass layered and positioned for effect, and kiln fired to remain dimensional. My floral glass panels are enhanced with frit and stringers to give a feeling of depth to the designs. I remember working in my father’s flower and vegetable gardens as a little girl, and enjoy creating images in glass which are as bright and joyful as those memories.

In addition to the items displayed for sale, I can create custom jewelry and fused glass works for you based upon your preferences or design ideas on a commission basis. Please contact me for more information, or use the Commission Work form.

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September 24th, 2010

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