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Fused glass plus metal equal iridescent jewelry

Post Time:Feb 26,2009Classify:Glass QuotationView:467

Blondie´s "Heart of Glass" probably didn´t work with as many outfits as Maegen Kissell-Nair´s does.

Kissell-Nair makes fused-glass jewelry, with hearts being one of her beautifully fashioned themes.

She recently taught a class at WaterWorks Art Studio, 1710 Charles Page Blvd., where her students learned to make Valentine´s gifts using fused glass.

Even though cupid´s arrows have already flung, you can still learn how to make fused glass jewelry at two upcoming WaterWorks classes — either during four 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday sessions March 2-23; or four 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday sessions April 7-28.

Before we rhapsodize on how pretty these pieces can be, you don´t need any artistic expertise to make them, said Ginger Tomshany, manager of WaterWorks, a city of Tulsa facility dedicated to fine arts.

We met with her, Kissell-Nair and board member Mary Ann Harrison recently to learn more about fused glass, also called dichroic glass, Tomshany said. They had arranged several colorful pieces on a table — earrings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, all gleaming — and, on occasion, seeming to change shades.

Dichroic means two colors. The glass has a metallic film fused to its surface, making the glass appear to be different colors when viewed from various angles or in varying degrees of light. When layered and fused together in a glass kiln, "an array of brightly colored and flashy pieces of unique jewelry can be created," Tomshany said.

The glass, purchased with the metallic film already fused to it, is cut into different shapes, which are then layered upon one another and placed in a specialized kiln. This process takes about 24 hours.

"It´s really kind of serendipitous," Tomshany said. "You open the kiln, and it´s like Christmas."

Because the jewelry is so colorful, it can be worn with anything, from denim to dressy affairs, said Tomshany, who wears hers often — "And when I do, I´m always getting compliments."

Source: WaterWorks Art StudioAuthor: shangyi

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