How It’s Made

Welcome to my handcrafted glass art jewelry gallery. Here you will find jewelry made from specially tested dichroic glass. Starting with several pieces of raw glass, I handcut and design each piece by using tweezers and layering different colors of glass.  By manipulating time and temp, I can create a unique round, square or a 3D appearance.  I have a 12″ shelf that will hold 50 to 100 pieces (depending on size) and then fuse in my kiln.  1350* is considered a tack fusing and allows me to keep specific shapes.  I ramp my digital kiln up to 1500° to create a round shape.  All pieces are annealed for strength and durability (cooled at a very slow rate).

From start to finish, each piece has approx 15-25hrs invested into it, depending on the desired effect. Because each piece is handcrafted, it is unique and cannot be duplicated. My goal is to design something special for you and to make you feel good while wearing my art designs.

8 Comments to "How It’s Made"

  1. Chris says:

    I love many of your designs but they are not always in a color I like. Can you control what colors come out – at least so some degree?

    Also will you be making more of the howling wolf? I see you are sold out right now (or I missed a version you are not sold out of).

    -Chris

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Chris:
      Thank you for contacting me. I purchase the sheets of glass that have the colors already on them then I cut and/or etch the design into the glass. I have access to several solid colors and one type of glass called reptilian that is in a rainbow assorted glass. Reptilian comes to me in all different colors but I cannot chose what colors. If you are asking if I can manipulate where the colors go, I cannot. I add more items to the website a couple times a month. If I am out of the howling wolf and you would like me to email you when I post more, the best way is to email me. I keep a special requests folder and follow up on special requests via the email. My email address is LKWhisnant@yahoo.com and put Howling Wolf in the subject line. Thank you so much, Laurie

  2. Gabi says:

    I really like the panda design, but it’s a little to busy for me. Do you think it would be possible to make a regular etched design of the panda? Preferably in purple or white?

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Gabi: Thank you for contacting me. While dichroic is very tricky to work with an costly to experiment with, I will tell you a bit of information so that maybe you can help me better with what you would like. Dichroic comes in a variety of colors: Silver, Violet, Orange, Gold, Turquoise, Green, Royal Blue and a rainbow glass called reptilian. Dichroic comes on a black or a clear glass so you will see many of my etched designs on a black background with a black backing (for thickness) I can also etch the design on dichroic with a clear background and then I add a colored backing to it, the 2 pcs fuse together therefore allowing the background color to show through. Using clear dichroic on colored backgrounds is very tricky and very difficult to see. So if you are interested in a purple panda on a black backing, that would work. Etching a silver panda on a white backing would work as well but I could not etch a purple dichroic pc of glass onto white because it comes out too light, neither could I etch a black n white panda because there isn’t a black nor white dichroic. It’s quite complicated. If you would like me to etch a different panda template out from the purple/black or silver/white combo that I suggested above, please feel free to email me LKWhisnant@yahoo.com with a clipart type of pic and I will see what I can do. Thanks! Laurie

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Gabi: I was just following up on some requests. Have you seen the pink or turquoise panda that I have in my facebook for sale album? You can access it here: http://www.facebook.com/dichroicglassbylauriek
      If you take a look at it and like it. I think I etched one in a violet purple as well. Email me at LKWhisnant@yahoo.com if you’d like to see a pic of it. Much thanks! ~Laurie

  3. Teri says:

    Everything is beautiful. I would like to see more horse breeds rather than the generic you are using. Do you think you might do that in the future? Breed I am interested in is Friesian.
    Thanks!

    • Laurie says:

      Hi There. Thank you for messaging me. I have no problem creating an artwork file for a breed specific horse. So that I will know exactly what you like, please email me at LKWhisnant@yahoo.com with a silhouette type clip art file and I will see if I can make it into a workable template. Thank you so much and I appreciate your interest and future business! ~Laurie

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