If you love compliments, this is the necklace for you! Featuring a unique combination of techniques, this distinctive pendant showcases a sparkling display of woven metal under layers of fused glass - creating an almost kaleidoscopic effect when you move.The twists of the wire behind the glass create the kind of brilliance normally associated with cut crystal and diamonds. The fused glass "raindrops" distort the look of the underlying woven metal, creating a piece guaranteed to get second looks.
To create this pendant, first I weave sheets of fabric from thin gauge wire using a medieval finger weaving technique. Then, I cut this woven metal fabric into smaller pieces to embed behind the shaped glass. The different shapes of glass both magnify the weave, giving it more definition, as well as collect the light, making the entire piece glisten. Enjoy!
I have pioneered a new technique which creates the woven metal under glass effect. Using a medieval finger weaving technique, I weave strips from thin metal wire. I then take that woven metal fabric and embed it behind glass. The different shapes of glass either magnify or distort the underlying weave creating many interesting visual effects. In order to take these visual effects even further, I then fuse layers of glass in my kiln and put the woven metal fabric behind that.
But my favorite part is how the bends and the twists of the woven metal fabric interact with the light that is focused by the glass. The intense sparkly nature of these pieces rivals the sparkle in a well cut diamond!
Here is a brief video of me weaving the woven metal fabric: