Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Etsy Artist Feature - Helix Elemental Jewelry

Glass artist Russ Colwell has worked in stained glass, mosaics and fused glass as well as metal fabrication and digital art. If I had to choose one favorite item from Helix Elemental, which contains glass pendants, earrings, and barrettes, I would be debating with myself for many hours trying to choose just one!

Russ says, "I use 90 COE thin glass and dichroic glass. I usually work with transparent rather than opaque glass. I also use dichroic on clear glass rather than on black glass because I like to borrow from the colors of the glass beneath the dichroic. It also has more of a gem quality.
I have a preference for heart pendants because I never seem to run out of new ways to layer and combine the various colors of glass. If I have anything that can be called a signature style, it would probably be my way of using multiple layers of glass and fusing with a very “shallow” tack fuse. Rather than the more common techniques of full fusing and incorporating all the layers into one, I like to retain the shape and defined edges of the glass while finding ways to make the layers work together."

He likes making jewelry the best of all things he's tried. Often he shares ideas with his wife, Christina Colwell, who is a mixed media folk artist.

Be sure to stop on by and check out the beautiful items for sale! He is offering free shipping worldwide (nudge, nudge).


sassyglassdesigns said...

Great feature; his work is so beautiful...I love the first piece.

kim* said...

they are so well made its rediculous!

Expressions By Devin said...

Awesome feature he does some amazing work

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Cialis said...

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Elliott Broidy said...

These are very beautiful! I would love to learn how to create these.