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Creative Process
Sketch of Pendant

Finished Pendant

Wendy firing up the torch

CREATIVE PROCESS

Wendy finishing up the metal work

The Gordon’s Fisherman ready to cut glass
My Inspiration Wall

A little birdie told me that Wendy listens to German Polka music while she works.

What exactly is “Dichroic” fused glass jewelry?  The simplest answer is that the glass dichroic “stone” for the jewelry is made from glass that is melted together in a kiln at approximately 1500 degrees.  Dichroic glass is a special type of glass
that gives our work it’s sparkle.  It’s a glass 
containing many very thin layers of metal oxides
such as titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, 
magnesium.  Gold, silver and silica are also used.  
These materials are vaporized in a vacuum chamber
and deposited on the glass.  Depending on the 
color there can be anywhere from 30 to 50 layers
 of these materials, but the thickness of the coatings
will only be approximately 30 to 35 millionths of an
                                 inch. The main characteristic of 
                                 dichroic glass is that it has a 
                                 transmitted color and a completely
                                 different reflected color.  For our jewelry Wendy and I start off
                                 with large art glass and dichroic glass sheets.  The glass is cut
                                 to size and numerous elements are added to make our signature
                                 abstract painting style of glass that we use in our jewelry.  Once the new
                                 “stone”  is the size and shape that want, we will then start building the
                                 metal part of the piece.  Typically Wendy and I will use silver, but lately we
                                have been experimenting with copper, brass, bronze and stone.  All of
                                 our work  is individually fabricated (hand forged & soldered).  As with all of           
                                our work Wendy & I get to the finished piece in a few different ways.  Wendy
                                will typically take a glass “stone” and in her mind come up with an interesting  
       design to compliment it.  I will do the same at times but my favorite thing to do is to be at a    
       show (where I am usually very inspired)                                             
          and draw out pieces from the ground
           up.  Like the piece to the left.  I got
            the inspiration for it from a  japanese
             window that I had seen.