Medium Mashup: Working with Fused Glass and Silver

How-To

It is true. Even the best of us get bored. We work and learn and experiment with one medium or one itty piece of said medium (which, like a new love, we are infatuated with - can think of nothing else)but, after a while -things can get stale. It's normal. The beauty is to realize that all these lovely and wonderful and awe inspiring mediums do not have to live in a vacuum. When you get bored with onedo a little of what I like to call Medium Mash-Up.

My latest mashups have been with my own fused glass and silver. You can only fuse so many pendants and plates before you've had enough. For me, that means it's time to move on to another process for a while. After working in silver (mostly rings) and loving itone day I found myself staring longingly at my lonely and unused kiln (I think she was jealous of my new fling, er, medium) - it was then I decided to bring my glass and silver work together and introduce them.

I began taking small bits of my favorite pieces of sheet glass and fusing them into amazing little gems that I could set like stones. Using the knowledge that glass likes to naturally be around an 1/4 thick, I knew that by cutting small squares, they would bead up in the kiln into perfect little flat backed circular cabochons. Who needs boring old precious or semi-precious stones when you can use glass that comes in more colors than you can imagine?

And thus began the mashup. The cost of making the cabs that will eventually be set into all sorts of yummy silver jewelry is pretty minimal - in fact, I just used scraps that I had collected over the year. The end result were stunning, totally handmade bits of custom work that have been extremely satisfying to make and sell.

As a friend once asked me: How can you just jump from one medium to another to another? One day you are spinning wool the other you are working with glass and the next you are doing silver work. Aren't you just an inch deep and a mile wide? Yes and no, I explained.

Maggi Blue is a glass artisan, designer and writer. You can read more about her and her art on her website.

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Barbara L.  •  September 02, 2017
this is so beautiful and Iam just starting on glass and PMC. question that looms in my mind is what happens when the ring with a glass inserted gets dropped. i am going to your site and am right now considered a student
ABOUT ME
Maggi Blue

Maggi Blue

Maggi Blue would be the last person to call herself an artist. She is a lover of color, a collector of skills and always curious at heart. She has been a graphic designer for over a decade and has been absorbing other mediums like glass, metals, printmaking, fiber (to name a few) like a sponge. She is currently a glass artisan, metalsmith and designer on the coast of Maine. She works out of her studio when she can and can always be found online. www.magpiecreative.com is her passion, www.creativitychronicles.com is her dumping ground, www.facebook.com/magpiecreative and @magpiecreative (twitter) are her online voice.