They are truly breathtaking.
One thing about being a knitter is that it makes you a creator -- a creator of unique pieces. And so you become so much more in tune with the creations of others, in other craft fields.
Or should I say in other arts?
When we had the opportunity to get some Dichroic Glass Jewelry Pieces (notice I have to capitalize the words -- they just deserve it so) from Nancy Giere we just couldn't not get get.
I know, I know, they aren't knit. They not only aren't knit but they have nothing to do with fiber arts. But they are gorgeous and we had to share.
So let's start with definitions. What is dichroic glass?
I went to Wikipedia to find out. Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass special optical properties. Apparently, multiple ultra-thin layers of different metal oxides (gold, silver, titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, magnesium, silicon) are vaporized by an electron beam in a vacuum chamber. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. This causes an array of color to be displayed. The colors shift depending on the angle of view. Due to variations in the firing process, individual results can never be exactly predicted, so each piece of fused dichroic glass is unique.
Nancy signs herself simply "Fused Glass Artist." We think she is being amazingly modest.
She writes: "NGlassworks combines Dichroic, iridescent and sheet glass to create one of a kind art glass jewelry.
"Each piece is inspired by colors, shapes and patterns I’ve observed in my back yard and in my travels throughout the world. Different sizes and shapes of glass are stacked in unique designs and fired in a kiln. During the fusing process the glass comes alive and takes on a whole new character. After the first firing each piece is cold worked and fire polished in the kiln multiple times until I’m satisfied with the overall design and quality."
What we are offering here are three pendants. We asked Nancy to make them in circular shapes for us -- soemthing about circles just really appeals to me. Perhaps it is the infinity aspect of no-beginning and no-end.
We have fairly arbitrarily named these -- in the order that they appear below. They hang from a sterling silver bail and on a silk cord which is about 18" long and with a silver clasp that allows for multiple links extending for about 1 1/2" -- so you can make the piece shorter around the neck or longer within those limits.
And each is stunning.
The first one below (and also to the upper right here) we have named Cris Cross. It is mostly jewel colors with black criss-crossing it. There are wines and turquoise with a touch of gold as the main colors. (Sorry -- sold out)
The second below we are calling Stepping Stones. It has a lot of similarities to the firs tone -- the wine colors are surrounded by more gold which gives them a different look and the "spaces" are larger between the black dividers. There is also, in the lower right quadrant, a swath of blue-violet which resembles (to my eye) a rush of water across the somewhat larger sections of color. Hard to describe -- so glad you can see the photo though I have to say that all of these are fall more beautiful "in person" than in the pictures.
The third we named Water Ways. The predominant color is a sky blue, with touches of purples and greens. A stream in the springtime perhaps, with water weeds just beginning to grow and the shadows at the banks. Beautiful. (Sorry -- sold out)
We had received a wonderful email from Maryanne Gross, one of the great beaded knitting designers you have seen on our site (the Belle Flower Lariat, Beaded Leaves Circlet, and the Falling Leaves Necklace are all hers) that we thought had some wonderful thoughts in it and we want to share :
Just saw the Dichroic glass pendants on the website. They are beautiful. I'm a big fan of dichroic glass as you can see from some of my patterns. I have a friend who makes wonderful buttons.
"I just wanted to tell you that knitters can use them with knitting! Knitted I-cords (surprise!) can be made to coordinate with the colors in the piece, or in black. They can be beaded or knitted plain! I think a black I-cord done in silk yarn with a bead color that picks up one of the colors in the piece would be great! But, I'm always thinking of knitting being used in jewelry, as you've probably guessed by now :)!"
So ladies (and gents), let's get our needles humming! Here is to beauty! May it spread and grow....
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