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Jewelry Showcase: Real Murano Glass Jewelry by Dioses

by JewelStruck on Jun.18, 2012, under Jewelry Showcase

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Showcasing today, awesome collection of real Murano Glass Jewelry by Dioses.it. Dioses has artists coming mainly from Venice and Murano. I specially loved their collection of Necklaces, which look so authentic and stunning, as you can see below.

Torcello Necklace in Venetian Glass

Torcello Necklace in Venetian Glass

Mazzorbo Necklace in Venetian Glass

Mazzorbo Necklace in Venetian Glass

Copertina by Dioses

Copertina by Dioses

The Jewelry pieces are created using semi-precious stones and Murano glass, which blend in for the first time to form three lines of pure exclusiveness and elegance. Stones which are used include Roca del Inca, Huacò and Murani, they are all used to create such wonders. I really loved their collection of Jewelry. You can checkout more at their website.

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Part 2: Making Stained Glass Jewelry – The Process

by craftygagal on Nov.09, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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In part 1- Tools and Materials – I outlined the tools and supplies need to make stained glass jewelry.

Now I will break it down step by step. I really enjoy the step by step process, know exactly what I need to do next. There is something about the process with its many many steps done in a certain order that I find comforting. Here are the the steps, all the ways down the the numerous cleanings that are imperative to making stained glass jewelry.
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The Process of Making Stained Glass Jewelry

  1. I pick my glass, hold it up to the light to see what piece I want to cut.
  2. I clean the glass .
  3. I score the glass with a glass cutter that has a carbide wheel.
  4. I break the glass running pliers (sometime I use a grozier, which are flat nosed, soft metal pliers).
  5. I grind the glass with a diamond bit on a grinder that grinds at a high speed. Grinding does two things, it take the sharp edge off and it is used to obtain the desired shape.
  6. Clean glass which is covered in residue and glass bits.
  7. Wrap the edges of the glass with copper foil.
  8. Apply flux (which is what makes the solder stick to the foil).
  9. Apply the lead free solder on one side.
  10. I let cool, that is why working in a batch is good because I can continue to work while they cool
  11. Repeat process to other side, including appling more flux
  12. Solder the bail/ hoop on
  13. Clean
  14. I polish with silver polish to remove flux residue and make it shiny and pretty
  15. I clean it Yet Again.

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These pieces of stained glass jewelry and many others can be found at craftyGAgal Creations.

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Part 1: Making Stained Glass Jewelry – Tools and Materials

by craftygagal on Oct.29, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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I love making stained glass jewelry. There is something about the process with its many many steps done in a certain order that I find comforting. I usually make a “batch” a setting. A “batch” usually consist of 20-30 pieces. I try to finish the batch in one day…but sometimes I break it into two days. I am going to do a multi-part series on “Making Stained Glass Jewelry” in which I will cover tools and material, steps/instructions, tips, and maybe variations to produce different effects or looks.

I will start with “Tools and Materials” since without them you can not proceed on to the next series.

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Tools & Materials Need to Make Stained Glass Jewelry
  1. Glass– you can get glass in sheets. It is found at some art supply and hobby shops but the Internet has really given stained glass enthusiast reach to a larger amount and higher quality of glass. Glass is like what beads you like to bead with, it is basically a personal preference.
  2. Glass Cutter, the one I use has a carbide wheel. This is what you “Score” the glass with that makes it “break” where you want
  3. Glass Running Pliers, they come in all different types, the one I have is plastic. It puts even amounts of pressure on each side of the glass so you get a clean break.
  4. Grozier, which are flat nosed, soft metal pliers are optional. You can get by without them, but I often find them useful. I use to break of little corners before I grind to a certain shape to reduce amount I have to grind.
  5. Grinder with a diamond bit on a grinder that grinds at a high speed. Grinding does two things, it take the sharp edge off and it is used to obtain the desired shape. Grinder is going to be one of the largest investments in the process but they make a WORLD of difference. I can not get to symmetrical earrings without a grinder. Also your edges of the glass stay so sharp without one and that presents problems down the line.030
  6. Copper Foil. This is what you wrap the edges with to make the solder have something to grab onto.
  7. Flux. Flux is like the glue that makes the solder stick to the copper foil. It is imperative to have flux!
  8. Lead-free Solder. I only use lead-free solder in my stained glass jewelry. Lead is not good for your body and I do not want my customers wearing it against their skin, so while it is more expensive, it is a must for jewelry making.
  9. Glass Cleaner (Windex) and Paper Towels. As I will discuss in next part of series, cleaning stained glass is one of biggest tips to making nice jewelry, and not just at the end, between every step.
  10. Jump Rings for bails
  11. Metal Polish
  12. Lubricant for your grinder.
  13. Different Solutions are available to make the copper patina or black patina- which when rubbed on solder makes it turn either copper or black in color.
  14. Patience .. have it or this may not be the craft for you!

Post by Meredith “craftyGAgal” Crosby

The pieces pictured in this post and more stained glass jewelry can be found at craftyGAgal Creations

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