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About Beth Collette Designs in Glass
I graduated college with a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Art with concentrates in jewelry & photography. Throughout my graphic design career I always had a little side business making jewelry of some sort. After taking a couple classes in glass fusing in 1999 I was hooked on the process. I borrowed a kiln, bought a few pieces of glass and started creating. I was a co-owner of a boutique at the time so this became my evening job and I worked at it almost every night. I was accumulating these one of a kind pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets when a wonderful art gallery opened where I lived at the time on Sanibel Island, FL. I brought the pieces in to show the owner and she took (and sold) every last one! This was just the beginning...within a couple years I was wholesaling to a number of galleries or shops. This is when I made the decision to make it my full time career and haven't looked back since! I do both wholesale and retail and also did the art show circuit for a few years. My glass fusing career is one of the most enjoyable ventures in my life. Each day brings a new design, a new adventure. I invite you to share my passion for the art of fused glass.
I have been designing and making jewelry since my college days, but in 1999 I took a few lessons in fused glass and have been hooked on the process ever since! I use different types of glass but mostly dichroic glass which is what gives the pieces a shimmering or sparkling effect. Dichroic glass is created by depositing layers of metal oxides onto a piece of glass and it reflects the light of one color and transmits the light of another color. This is why the pieces change color depending on which angle you view them. I hand cut, layer and assemble each piece by hand. They are then transferred to the kiln for firing. Once they are fired to the desired temperature I turn the kiln off and slowly cool the kiln down. I may do some coldworking to finish the pieces, attatch the findings and they are ready to wear!
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- Date First Available : October 26, 2015
- ASIN : B0176THFLE