Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bling Soldered Setting

     This is another one of the beveled and fire polished faux gemstones from Monday's session at the studio. I made a wire setting and soldered it to the glass, with lots of loops so it can be hung various ways or have dangle attached. 
     I love being able to create my own faux gemstones. This one has a white glass backing, so the dichroic glass has a pink tinge to it, not luminous the way it is with black behind it.
     It's really hard to capture it in photographs, but when you tilt the dichroic a different direction and capture a reflective light hitting another part of the stone, it changes color. Here, it turns from the pink to a light blue-green color. So neat! I love dichroic glass!
     I wanted the wire wrapped setting to have an organic look, sort of like vines wrapping the glass. It's kind of hard to get it set just right, when the glass is hot, the soldering iron is hot, and all you want to do it grab it with your fingers and hold it, but you can't!
     Thank goodness for pliers and soldering aids! And my heat-resistant fingers.


Debbie said...

I love this rustic organic looking setting with this glass...just lovely Lynn! The glass appears like a milky opal with flashes of color infused. I'm going to have to try these. I love experimenting with new looks. Your creative juices are really flowing lately!!!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Debbie, I am so SLOW, though - I fired the original fused glass almost a month ago, and I'm just now getting them shaped and fire polished. I just need to focus on the glass more, because I do like the shiny, pretty bling they make!