Earrings of Glass and Mosaic

These lovely pieces in all their colors, both vivid and subtle are reminiscent of life waking from the winter slumber.  They are a perfect highlight for the Spring Season!

August Glass by Kelly Shanafelt

Boulder, Colorado.

Handmade dichroic, mosaic and ancient Roman glass earrings. 

Ancient Roman Glass Earrings

The Roman Empire used more glass than any other ancient civilization.  Excavations throughout the Middle East often contain small shards of Roman glass with little value to archaeologists which are instead used by jewelers.

Centuries in the sand ages the glass. Contaminants manufactured into the glass, in combination with the environment in which the glass has spent hundreds of years, produce vibrant lusters and specklings in place of the original clarity and transparency. Coloration also depends on the treatment, with greens being most common.

 Roman glass is sensitive to water, it can cause the surface of the glass to flake.

Dichroic Glass

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combination dichroic and mosaic glass earring

This beautiful glass represents an adaptation of aerospace technology to the world of art. NASA originally developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors in the early 1990s, and also uses it for re-entry tiles on space shuttles.

Dichroic (pronounced dye-crow-ick) glass means ”two colored”. It has fantastic multi-colored and reflective properties. When you look at this glass, it appears to have more than one color at the same time, especially when viewed at different angles.This reflective phenomenon is known as thin-film physics, which is also why you see swirling rainbow patterns in a soap bubble, floating colors from oil on water and the dramatic colors of dragonfly wings.augustglass4

Making dichroic glass is a complex processing technique. The type, order applied and number of metallic oxide layers used will determine the final look of the glass. Once the coating process is completed, the whole coated piece is fired in a kiln at high temperatures to fuse the oxides to the glass. Dichroic glass does not use paints, dyes, or any other kind of coloring agent to create its color. These amazing dichroic design elements add flash and pizzazz, sparkle and intrigue to jewelry, creating a sense of luxury and artistic class.

Making of mini glass mosaic earrings

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Time, patience, a steady hand and good eyes are required to create these unique earrings.

If any type of jewellery could call itself a true work of art it would be the micro mosaic. Tiny glass tiles (called tesserae) are crafted together and placed carefully into cement to produce incredible ‘micro mosaic’ pictures, which are then set into jewellery. Micro mosaic work date back over 2000 years.


Fun Facts about Kelly

*She is multi-talented – she also plays viola for the Symphony  

* Check out this amazing piece “Starry Night Violin,” a beautiful blend of 2 of Kelly’s talents

Starry night Violin


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