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Sharon Dykes-Modlens A former fifth grade teacher, Sharon has been working with “warm glass” for several years. Sharon was born in Pueblo, Colorado and has lived in Colorado Springs since 1962. A graduate from UCCS and Colorado College, Sharon has a wide range of interests that include hiking, traveling with her husband and dogs in their RV, has dabbled in watercolors, and is now taking classes in pastels. After working with stained glass for years, she finds that her love for the colors, textures, and versatility of glass is satisfied and intensified by using fusing and slumping techniques.

Warm glass is a term used when glass has been precisely cut, designs arranged, and then slowly heated in a kiln for several hours until the glass has fused to the desired consistency. The kiln is then shut off, annealing the glass to prevent cracks or fractures. If the piece calls for it, the next step is to slump the glass in a kiln on a prepared mold to give it the desired shape.

The name of Sharon’s business, “Glass Magic” was inspired in part by the type of glass that she uses in much of her jewelry and other art objects. Dichroic glass is a high-tech spin-off of the space industry, developed by NASA. Thin layers of metallic oxides, such as titanium are deposited on the surface of the glass in a high temperature, vacuum furnace and then fused. A simpler explanation for this lovely, glittery glass is--magic!
Thus the name.

Sharon hopes you enjoy her art as much as
she enjoys creating it.

Sharon may be reached by Email at sharondm1@msn.com

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Golden Clouds
Golden Clouds
Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse
Sunset Glow
Sunset Glow

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