A Gross of Green Glass Earrings
August 28, 2012
One of my favorite stores, Artisan’s Jewelery and Gallery asked me for green earrings. Anyone else might have made a dozen pair, but I wanted to explore as many design options as possible.
I pulled out all my Bullseye green sheet glass and only eliminated a couple of shades because they were so close in tone. Next, I cut each green into two lengths: a long dangle and a short dangle. Normally I would make a wider variety of lengths, but I was exploring color combinations, not lengths.
I cut out six pair of each length from each color, taking a few days to get them all cut, cleaned and placed on my work bench. I had a wonderful selection of opaque and translucent greens to play with.
Next I chose design options by auditioning different dichro patterns and colors on top of each sheet of green.
For my own entertainment I also cut lengths of patterned and textured dichroic glass to make earrings that I know will sell quickly.
In addition to squares of patterned and colorful dichroic glass I used frit balls, decals, and sliced cane for adornment. When I had enough earrings to fill a kiln I fired them and continued making more. I ended up with about twelve dozen pair. A gross of green glass earrings! Plus some dichroic and a couple of strays I picked up along the way.
I finished all the earrings in batches of one or two dozen, starting with those I liked best for Artisan’s (and friends who came up to purchase), cleaning up any rough edges and checking for quality control.
I then glued on findings to attach the earring wires. I use E6000 and let it cure 48 hours, then clean off the excess glue with a razor blade. Not a fun task, but as I tell students – the back should look as nice as the front.
The final step is choosing which colorful niobium ear wires go with each pair of earrings. Or in some cases sterling silver. I rarely use 14k anymore due to the cost, but I keep it on hand for those folks who prefer quality gold.
As soon as the last set of green earrings were finished, I pulled out all my other colors of sheet glass and cut earring lengths! I’m excited to make earrings in all the shades of yellow, orange, purple, blue and red (in that order) that I have. Also more dichroic earrings because I’m so drawn to shiny sparkle patterns and I have a new sheet to try!
Fall show season will be here soon, and I need to place all these finished earrings into my online shops; but for now I’m squeezing in every bit of garden time I can with my cameras and flowers while the sun is shining. You can see my garden at An Artist’s Garden.