I have some exciting news about my "Parts Lite" series...it will be back in production very soon.
I popped into the frame shop in my neighborhood and was thrilled when they agreed to let me use their glass cutter for my pieces. For months I have been thinking about asking local frame shops about this and have hesitated a bit assuming that with lawsuits the way they are no one would let me, a non-employee, come in and use their equipment. Well, it was so easy...I explained that I was a framer for years and knew how to use the equipment, and they were SO cool about it! I should have done this so long ago!
I hope to have several "Parts Lite" pieces up in the shop by May. Keep an eye out for them! In the meantime I will be documenting my progress here on the blog.
Here's a little background:
The "Parts Lite" series began with my exploration of two things that I find fascinating about glass: 1) that beautiful blue green color and 2) the "frozen liquid" look of the edge of freshly-cut glass.
I loved the look of the edge of glass, but I wanted this edge to be the FRONT of the piece, and a 1/16" slice of glass just wasn't going to cut it all by itself as the centerpiece of a pendant. To solve this problem I cut a lite of glass into bars and suspended a stack of the glass bars in resin. I then cut a small mirror for the back, to be sure that all of the light that came through the front was reflected back again. The result allowed the glass to capture and reflect light much like traditional cut stones, but without the pretense of the four "C's".