One more thing ..How our art is made
We started our activity making dichroic glass pendants. Later we expanded to include earrings, in both dichroic and Bullseye glass. Then we started working with dichroic pieces applied to precious wood and wood rings with dichroic cabochons. We have started making our own lampworked beads. The glass can be left shiny or be sandblasted or etched.
Fusing glass is a technique which allows us to stack multiple pieces of glass and obtain more interesting and eye-catching effects. The glass is cut, ground, fused and the whole process repeated if necessary till the desired effect is achieved. Then the piece is ready for fire polishing, wich smooths out imperfections and gives a finished look to the glass. The work is completed by attaching a bail to it, threading it with a chain, or glueing to wood or silver plated adjustable rings. We have occasionally used the process of lost wax casting. Some pieces are surrounded by a bezel,or mounted on precious silver clay (PMC). Rarely we wire wrap a piece or two.
The dichroic glass is obtained by placing a rotating glass disc inside a vacuum sealed chamber. The glass picks up oxides such as titanium, zirconium and others in up to thirty layers or more. the final effect is a glass with two colors depending on the inclination and how the light strikes it, hence the word "dichroic" which means two colors. It can be transparent or on black glass, in which case only one color is visible.
We have chosen to work with Bullseye glass (90 coe) both for fusing and lampworking, so that our glass is compatible and expands our creative possibilities.
We always very carefully anneal all our pieces.
Flameworking is a technique whereby a primed mandrel is heated along with rods of glass and turned till a round shaped is achieved. We utilize more than 150 colors of the best quality glass, including frit and enamels. Once in the flame, the glass can be manipulated to assume any shape one desires and-likewise-be decorated with more glass, usually thin rods called stringers.
Our work with glass married to wood is unique. We buy our wood from a company that supplies it to make the best musical instruments in the world. We use ebony, macassar ebony, birdseye maple, amaranth, rosewood, walnut, snakewood, to name a few. The wood rings we use are also handmade hypoallergenic Sono.