I will be talking about my techniques in doing things, as well as new things I've learned. Hopefully people will want to converse with me about it
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) June 4, 2008
Gail Perry of http://www.DichroicGlassByGail.com has opened a new blog for her site, located at http://www.DichroicGlassJewelryBlog.com, in order to build a more personal relationship with her customers.
"I will be talking about my techniques in doing things, as well as new things I've learned. Hopefully people will want to converse with me about it," says Gail, who has been making handmade jewelry with metal and glass since 1998. "I'm hoping to connect with potential customers, and answer questions about how I do things -- techniques and that sort of thing. I thought each week I would talk a little bit about the process when making those items."
Gail's love of handmade jewelry is lifelong, but it really came to the forefront after she took classes in metalwork at a local art institute. "I concentrated on silver jewelry using techniques of soldering, pickling, texturing, and sawing," she explains. "I enjoy the creative process as much as the finished product. Everyone is searching for their passion, and I have found mine in making dichroic glass and fused glass pieces. I enjoy learning techniques and making new products; I enjoy sharing my skills and techniques and how I do things with other people, and am happy to teach and share with anybody that wants information. I am pleased when I get feedback from anyone saying they like my work, and I'm thrilled when I see somebody wearing a piece of my jewelry."
Even now, Gail is always improving her techniques based on personal interest and requests from her customers. The techniques she uses create infinite variety in the appearance of her jewelry and accessories, and her own creativity makes it easier for her to find new applications for her handmade crafts. "I've gone back to taking some classes now in texturizing and finishes on the jewelry, so I will likely get back more to the metalwork and adding etching and enameling for the silver and copper," she says. "With the glass, I'm making mosaics; I might add those to the site, but I'm not certain because they would be pretty hard to ship. I'm adding more picture frames, coasters, eyeglass holders, and smaller fused glass items that a lot of people would be able to give as a gift. I'm also going to be adding drawer pulls for cabinets and furniture, and I continue to add new dichroic glass pieces all the time. Each one is a unique piece; I can try to make something similar, but they will never turn out identical."
The combination of factors leads to a unique final product that cannot be duplicated. "There are not too many people around who do the dichroic glass work, especially not setting the dichroic in the PMC, which turns into silver," Gail explains. "Not many people do fused glass, either. It's just not something you can pick up and teach yourself how to do."
Gail welcomes comments on her blog, and encourages her customers to view her site and the unique designs within.