Do You Repair Broken Glass Pieces?
Unfortunately, I almost never repair a broken piece of glass art. There are many challenges to making a good repair and there’s always a chance of ruining a piece completely during the repair. The piece must be heated up very slowly and evenly or it will crack or shatter in the flame. I do occasionally repair items that are of deep sentimental value, but it usually takes as much or more time to make a good repair as to make a brand new pendant. For this reason I recommend using a clear epoxy glue for most clean break repairs. Since flame repairs usually introduce small bubbles into the glass, the epoxy repair generally looks just as good or better than a flame repair would look.
Do You Do Custom Glass Work?
Every now and then I’ll make a custom order for someone. In general, custom work takes a whole lot longer than the work I’m used to making every day. I often need to experiment with a few techniques before a pendant comes out looking nice enough for me to attach my name to it. Sometimes I end up investing 3 to 6 times as much of my time making a piece, and generally my customers would rather not pay me 3 to 6 times as much for that time I’ve invested 😉
If you’re interested in having a piece made that’s somewhat similar to something I already make, I may very well be able to make it for the same price or just a bit more. Feel free to contact me with your questions if you’re serious about having some custom work done.
Can You Insert A Piece Of ______ Into A Glass Pendant?
Many people are intrigued by the the idea of inserting different materials into glass pendants such as the silver, copper, butterfly images, and cremation ashes that I use in my pendants. As you can tell by the pendants on this site, I really enjoy integrating non-glass items in my work. Unfortunately, there are very few materials like this that are compatible with borosilicate glass. Most materials would incinerate on contact in the 2,000+ degree temperatures. The materials that didn’t incinerate would either oxidise and turn an ugly muddy color or would end up cracking the glass once the piece had cooled. For this reason, the vast majority of materials that would look great under glass are impossible to use in that way.