When I began making jewelry, the only way to hang fused pendants on a necklace was to use a glue bail. This bail extends down the back of the glass. I did not enjoy seeing the bail through the glass, so designed around the problem. I became an expert on gluing, but that’s another story.
I felt limited to making glass jewelry with an opaque background so the bail wasn’t visible. I learned a lot within the confines of those parameters, but….. that is not why I create glass, that’s no way to live!
I am inspired by the most light play I can get. Dancing with colors and light, that’s my jam.
I love seeing what is going on within the layers, and I want to wear them, they need to be 3-D beautiful.
Another dilemma I run into while working with transparent glass is choosing which side of the glass will be the front. I wanted the ability to change my mind and flip the jewelry over on a necklace.
If using dichroic or iridescent glass, there is a ton of light play on both sides.
Seeing through the glass to the fabric or skin alters the color of the pendant. One pendant suddenly coordinates with seemingly everything.
Glass jewelry needs to be transparent, blended with opaque in some pieces, and reversible.
How? Learn something new. I learned wire wrapping. I use mainly sterling silver wire, a nice gauge so it’s sturdy, but not bulky in appearance. My goal was to notice more glass than metal, to create a subtle frame for the piece.
I cut a grooved channel around the perimeter of the finished cabochons to keep the wire in place, and I went for it. I wasted quite a bit of sterling wire in the learning and design process, but it was so worth it!
Versatile, reversible jewelry. I thoroughly enjoy that each piece can now become as unique as the wearer simply by changing the color behind it, simply by choosing which side is the front.
In the end, I’m very happy I went on this journey. I hope you enjoy the concept as much as I do.
Reversible Glass Jewelry – In each listing, there is an additional photo showing the reverse, matte side.
The matte appearance is from the glass resting on the kiln shelf.
Change your mind, reflect your mood, and be uniquely YOU.
– Michelle Copeland