Flushing Town Hall will celebrate the spirit of the season on Sunday, December 6, 2015. That afternoon, we will hold our second annual free Holiday Market, featuring everything from hand-made clothing and t-shirts, photographs and greeting cards, to paintings, posters, figurines and ceramics – all Made in Queens. One of the participants is Barbara Marsh, who penned the following piece about her works.
I live in Forest Hills, Queens NY. While in my prior lives I was an international banker and a teacher, I now tutor math and test preparation part time, and am very active in my community. I have sold my jewelry at the Flushing Town Hall gift shop for several years. This will be the second year that I participate in the Flushing Town Hall Holiday Market.
Primarily I work in dichroic glass, forging jewelry and accessories. Dichroic glass was originally invented for the space industry in the 1950’s, but has only become available to the public in recent years. “Dichroic” is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles. When thin layers of metallic oxides are applied to the glass, the coating is transparent.
However, the color changes depending on the angle from which light hits the surface. The reflected and refracted light creates a distinctive and striking effect. The dichroic and colored pieces of glass are cut, shaped and fired for up to12 hours in a special kiln. Many pieces require subsequent shaping and additional firings
I will be selling a diverse assortment of fused glass pendants and post, dangling and clip-on earrings. I also make nail files, rings, and bracelets, including decorated Fitbit Flex bands. I also sell crocheted wire jewelry, bottle trays, and glass adorned serving tools. You can see a wide assortment of my crafts at www.flickr.com/photos/babaramarsh/sets/ and www.etsy.com/shop?BaridaGlass.
One of my unique products is a versatile piece that can be used as eyeglass holders, a decorative pin, or a scarf holder. This unusual piece of jewelry attaches with magnets to clothing or coats. With a magnet inside the garment and one on the jewelry, it holds fast without damaging the material.
Never lose your reading glasses or sun glasses again! It also holds the glasses in a position which does not scratch the lenses (as chains tend to do).