My name is Melissa and I'm a glass designer in the humid, fragrant American South. I make glass jewelry from Bullseye fusible glass AND from used bottles I get from rummaging around my own recycle bin and those of my neighbors.
I can’t stop trying new techniques and that’s why my shop looks like 25 very different Melissas are at work here. (It’s a good thing that there is only one of me, though, because I work in a tiny tiny studio in my heavily wooded backyard.)
I fire all my glass in an electric ceramic kiln to at least 1500 degrees to melt it into a nice solid mass and then get out my diamond wet saw, diamond grinders and engravers to slice, carve and drill each piece individually.
The pieces are fired again in the kiln after grinding, but just until the outside of the glass starts to melt and that creates a great glossy surface.
Pure silver foil fused between layers of white and clear glass, with a freshwater pearl.
The word "love" fused inside layers of glass.
Fused glass with Image transfer and powdered glass on hammered brass.
Fused glass with Image transfer and embedded silver on hammered silver.
Fused glass with Image transfer on etched copper.
Fused glass with image transfer and silver.
Pure silver foil fused inside layers of glass with handpainted powdered glass swirls.
Fused glass with Image transfer, dichroic and powdered glass on hammered silver.
A blue dichroic heart is fused on a black glass background with text over it, and a freshwater pearl.
Image transfer of a nautilus shell fused inside layers of glass.
Fused glass with image transfer and dichroic, and hand hammered brass and silver
Happy sky blue fused glass earrings with freshwater pearls.
Pure silver foil heart fused on top of ruby red glass.
Etched hand drawn spirals on brass earrings.
Recycled wine bottle glass with hammered brass
Fused glass with handpainted images on hammered copper with brass.
Fused glass and glass enamel on copper
Handwritten "Namaste" etched in brass with green and cranberry fused glass piece at the bottom.
Pure silver and burnt scarlet fused glass earrings.
Torch fired enamel on copper.
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