CRAFTING


UNIQUE FUSED-GLASS JEWELRY

How Are OMIs Made? 

Every OMI is an original wearable work of art. Several OMIs may be fired in the kiln at one time, but no two are ever alike. This is because the combination of fire and glass has a mind of its own. Every different color is a different piece of glass. The glass is cut to shape, layered and then fired for three hours at 2000 degrees. The glass is then cooled for another three hours. The whole process begins again; new glass is added and the piece is re-fired. Some OMIs are fired 6-8 times. These layers of rare and beautiful glasses are what create the unique depth in an OMI jewel. The process creates a three dimensional effect, a fire within. 

 

The base piece gives the Omi its overall shape.  The artist has to consider the translucence and thickness of the glass among many other characteristics in selecting the pieces to layer onto the base.  Not all glasses are compatible; they must have similar melting and cooling temperatures.

 

 

An Omi is a symphony of color and texture, built up in layers with a plan in mind, but the final product is always a bit of a surprise, even to the artist. Although the artist can guide the glass, it has a mind of its own in the kiln. Every time the kiln is opened up it's a thrill.

  

 

 

 

These OMIs are "ready to burn." They are carefully spaced on a heatproof / heat retaining tile for firing in the kiln. Initial work begins in the large kiln and the fine finishing work takes place in the little kiln.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small kiln fires up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit; it is quicker and the temperatures are more precise than the large kiln.