Monday, July 13, 2009

First Glass Setting


Coppery Blaze

This is my first glass piece set in a bezel. The second design that I worked on for last week's assignment.

More textures. The copper has a slight texture that was achieved with some paper that had a subtle design to it. The silver overlay has a more hammered appearance achieved with the chasing hammer. And the glass is one of my crinklized fused pieces.


Initially I had a different arrangement in mind with my design as the drawing shows. However, as I worked on this, the design evolved to have the glass cabochon setting square, rather than as a diamond. I also was thinking of doing a piercing to create the bail, but I changed my mind and rolled the tip over toward the back of the pendant.

Lexi thought that the curling of the bottom of the pendant would complete the look and she was definitely right. I'm very tickled with this piece and look forward to doing more settings with my glass cabs. Of course, I have always liked stones too, so I will be using them in my jewelry pieces too.

17 comments:

Holly said...

That piece is beautiful. It has a lot of power and fire! It will be a stunning piece to wear in the Fall. Really beautiful Kathleen. I know I say that a lot to you, but I truly mean it!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thank Holly! I believe the sincerity of all of your comments. Thank you so much!

Call me aRt. said...

Hi Kathleen, thanks first for your nice note. Yes, we survived the funnel cloud (exciting stuff)!

I love your new pieces, and it's fun to 'see' you, too.

Hope you make it out to Leadville someday, Nancy has a great gallery space there.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi R!
Thanks for stopping by my blog AND thanks for you kind words about my new pieces. I definitely plan on making it to Leadville one of these days.

Karen said...

These are getting more exciting every time I come over here! Bezels are my absolute favorite setting (even my engagement ring is set in a bezel) and the way you've put this together is just stunning. I actually like the square orientation that you ended up with even better than the sketch!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Karen, I'm delighted you like how these pieces are evolving! :)

Tracey Clarke said...

K, this is absolutely gorgeous....look at you go! ;)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Tracey! I'm really excited about where this new medium (metal) is taking me... :)

hwfarber said...

I agree with what Holly said: "power and fire." It's a beautiful piece.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thank you so much hwfaber!

Shay Stone said...

SO beautiful, original and fun. Way to go Kathleen!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thank you Shay!

MartaCoimbra said...

Beautiful, Kathleen! Your work is really fantatic!

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Beautifully done! And love that your piece evolved!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Beautiful piece - I love the simplicity of it.

Nicola said...

Wow - if that's one of your early pieces then you're going to be an awesome metalsmith too!!!
Nic x

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Marta! You flatter me.

Hi Beverly. I'm glad you like the evolution of this one. That happens a lot for me and I enjoy it.

Thanks Deborah. Yes, I agree...sometime simple is really best.

Hi Nic! Thanks so much, coming from you I am really honored and humbled. Appreciate your kind thoughts.