Jonna Vaughn: Handmade Glass Jewelry

Learn more about Jonna Vaughn of Tennessee Glass Stains. Vaughn’s handmade glass jewelry is on display all month long in the glass showcase. Her handcrafted designs rest on Sterling Silver and dazzle the gazing eye.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the handcrafted glass you see, please visit the showcase for contact information.

About Jonna Vaughn
Glass! From the time I get up until the time I go to sleep, it’s all I think about… I have always been mesmerized by the beautiful stained glass windows of the world. I taught myself how to make a few small panels but never truly mastered the craft. Then I took a glass fusing class at my local rec center 10+ years ago, and I knew then that fusing was the right glass avenue for me! Glass is an amazing medium that can be worked in at room temperature, warmed in a kiln, or heated by a torch and the end result is always something beautiful!

Production Methods

Dichroic means “two colored” and is derived from the Greek words “di” for two, and “chroma” for color. When light passes through the glass, you will see one color, and when it reflects off the glass you will see another. When you look at this glass, q4it appears to have more than one color at the same time, much like a soap bubble or an o oil film on water. NASA developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors in the early 1990’s. The process involves vaporizing quartz crystal and metallic oxides, such as magnesium or titanium. Once it is vaporized into floating dust, it settles on and coats the surface of the hot glass inside an airless vacuum chamber. The complete process may required from 15 – 45 different layers totaling a thickness that is smaller than a human hair. In our world today, the technology is used on filters for screening 3D movies and can also be found on camera lenses and car mirrors.

The jewelry from Tennessee Glass Stains is made by layering together several very thin sheets of this coated glass. It is then fused together into one solid piece by heating in a kiln up to 1500 degrees. Each piece is shaped by a hand and kiln fired again to polish the edges. Each piece is allowed to cool very slowly to ensure long lasting durability. Pieces with an enameled image require a third firing to set the image permanently into the glass so it does not wear, flake, or fade.

This incorporates smaller pieces of dichroic glass with tiny glass micro beads and crystals, set into a mosaic style pattern. These pendants are set into a .925 sterling silver bezel and have a sterling silver bail.

Presented by Friends of The Brentwood Library:

Each month, The Brentwood Library hosts two local artists on the Friends of the Brentwood Library (FOBL) Gallery Wall and Showcase Display. The next time you pay us a visit, take a few extra moments to pause and savor these artists’ creations.