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A careful mix and special recipe of Italian glass and metal colorants creates the ceramic like appearance of the Fusion series. The surface decorations often times appear metallic due to silver fuming and repetitive flame reduction. The shapes are generally flatten oval tabs with smooth edges or scalloped edges on one or both of it's sides. Sometimes, there are etched and non-etched versions with streams of color transparent glass around the tab, which are offered periodically at shows. This series attempts to mimic my love of ceramics in glass and is made with Italian glass.
The Fusion bead was featured in the Spring 2006 issue of Stringing Magazine, my first time writing for Interweave Press. My River's Edge necklace was selected for the cover of this issue. What occurred thereafter, was pure magic. Today, I continue my collaboration with Interweave and now write for Interweave's various magazines and publications. The finished necklaces above provide you two of many design options for these flat tabular beads.
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