Measure 1 1/4″ x 5/8″
14ky with Pearl
“The process of casting glass consists of several steps that must be rigidly adhered to for success. The wax to be cast is invested in high heat plaster material, and the wax removed in a burnout cycle, this creates a perfect, but fragile mold. A specific heating cycle is used that allows the mold to be brought up to temperatures where glass will melt into it. Once the mold is filled it must be brought down to temperature very slowly to ease the tension in the glass itself. This ensures that it will exist in a stable form, much like any other glass we use every day. Upon removal of the rough casting from the investment plaster, there is a lapidary process employed, a sand cleaning, and an acid etch that brings out the matte finish on the glass surface.
Jewelry as an artistic expression is how I describe my work. I have strived to learn and master whatever technique serves my design purposes. This has led to studies in granulation, platinum fabrication, glass bead making, glassblowing, and fine cast glass & crystal. Stretching outside conventional jewelry in an artistic manner, I focus on form, beauty and function.” Matt Bezak