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From Tucson, AZ

How long have you been doing your art/craft? 7 years

What is your specialty? Objects d’ art and jewelry made from fused glass and Dichroic Glass. Greeting cards replicated from hand drawn Chinese Brush Paintings.

Awards, publications, recognition? Arizona Star Explorer section, Sun City Tipster Cover, Sun City Tipster

Julie specializes in glass. “Ever since I came to Sun City seven years ago,” she says, “I have enjoyed learning how to make fused glass objects and stained glass pieces. I learned it right here in our Stained Glass Club.”

Julie makes jewelry and other objects d’art: “You may see a whole array of shapes and sizes of her pendants, earrings and brooches—dragonflies, butterflies, fish, cactus, geckos, flowers, birds, geometric and free-form designs. The range of colors is endless.”

Julie says she also makes greeting cards from Chinese brush paintings her mother painted. “I’ve got these wonderful paintings hanging all over the walls in my home; I thought it might be nice to share these images with others by turning them into greeting cards.” Julie says she particularly likes using dichroic glass. “This glass has such fabulous qualities. It almost takes on a gem-like shimmering quality. Dichroic glass contains multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass optical properties, reflecting light and color in different directions. The invention of dichroic dates back to at least the 4th century AD as seen in the Lycurgus cup.”

Describing the process of fusing glass, she says, “Using patterns, I cut the pieces of glass to shape. Then, I glue them together and fire them in my kiln anywhere up to 1450 degrees. After they cool to room temperature, I wrap sterling silver or gold-filled wire around them for added detail. The entire process can take up to 24 hours.”

She also has enjoyed making fancy tile pushers for the game of Mah-Jongg. “The sets are so beautiful, I wanted to make special fused glass tile pushers to enhance the sets.”

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