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September 2013 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- September Blogs

- Did you know

Fresh From the Kiln:

Wow I have been so busy in my studio and I have so many things to show you, but this beautiful fused glass aventurine coral bowl is the first.

It's called coral because of the holes (so no soup). The Fused Glass bowl is also iridized so the combination of blue aventurine and iridized glass is just simply stunning. 

I just love to pick it up and tilt it in the light to see all the colors from the iridized.

I look forward to your comments. K

Upcoming Events:

October- Buy 2 Fused Glass Rings and get the 3rd for FREE, from any of my sites Fused Elegance / Elegant Fused Glass by Karen / Etsy, or Artfire. You can even mix sites, just email me for more information or check out my blog. *Sale only lasts until Oct 15th

November 23, 2013 Rampart Christmas Craft Bazaar (confirmed)

December 7th and 8th  2013 Doherty Craft Fair (confirmed)

December 14th and 15th 2013 Palmer Band "Last Hurrah" Craft Fair (confirmed)

*I'll include more information for the craft bazaars as it becomes available.

September Blog Highlights:

Fused Glass Lawn Art

Custom Fused Glass Garden Art

A Special gift for a special friend. I gave it to her today and she seemed to really like it. Read online.

Fused Glass Aspens

Fused Glass Aspens

Wow I had so much fun making these Aspens! I've made another for fall and I made a winter one as well. Additionally, I'm going to make another winter one for my friend. Read online.

Personal Book Review

Book Review - Glass Artist Studio

I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes (see August Newsletter / Blogs), ebooks, or actual books. I also like trying new ...Read online.

Lovely Fused Glass Pendant and Earring set. It's functional and pretty so is it art?

Is Fused Glass Art?

Lovely Fused Glass Pendant and Earring set. But is it art? Read online.

Heart Fused Glass Murrini  Dangle Earrings

What are Millefiori & Murrine? And how are they used with Fused Glass?

 Are Millefiori and Murrine the same thing?  Read online.

Fused Glass Dichroic Bat Pendant

Halloween and Christmas Fused Glass

I have added my Halloween and Christmas Fused Glass to my site!

Read online.

Did you know ...

This section will be used to answer any questions you may have or to pass on tidbits of information that add value and enhance knowledge regarding fused glass, metals, or jewelry in general. Let me know if you have anything you'd like me to include.

Do you know the difference between silver that is sterling, fine, plated, etc? 

First, a little background information on metals. As early as 6000 BC, metals were used by ancient people like the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for a variety of uses, only one of which was jewelry making. Over time, jewelry making continued to evolve as new metals were discovered starting with Gold (6000 BC) and continuing with Copper (4200 BC) and Silver (4000 BC). Silver is a precious metal and very popular for jewelry e.g., it is lustrous, adaptable for casual and formal wear, flatters all skin tones, affordable, etc. NOTE: Base Metal is any non-precious metal e.g., nickel, steel, tin or copper.

Sterling silver is .925 silver meaning .075 of sterling silver is another base metal, normally copper making sterling silver an alloy (mixture of metals). Copper is used because it has been found to be the best metal to alloy with the silver to not discolor it and makes the silver harder. You can tell if your silver is sterling by a mark of either sterling or .925 (some may show 925/1000), which shows the level of purity. If the silver does not have one of these marks then it is not sterling, it is probably silver-plated. Obviously, sterling silver is much more expensive than plated. Moreover, sterling silver does tarnish and oxidize and is still relatively soft.

Fine silver is 99.9 percent pure (called pure silver) and is very soft. Fine silver does not tarnish, but it is not typically used for jewelry because it is more susceptible to bending, scratches, and dents.

Silver-plating (silver tone) is a chemical process that adds a very thin layer of silver to the item, which is made of a different metal. Over time, the silver plating can come off and the base metal below will show through. Typically copper, brass, pewter, etc, is the base metal that is plated with a layer of pure silver. Silver Plate is considered the most cost effective alternative to the more expensive forms of solid silver jewelry.

Silver filled uses a bonding process of either fine silver or sterling silver. Silver-filled is made in two qualities: 1/20 silver-filled (contains 5% sterling silver) and 1/10 silver-filled (contains 10% sterling silver). The fraction indicates how much precious metal is bonded to the substrate.

German or Nickel Silver is a alloy (mixture) with 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. It’s called silver because of the appearance but it contains NO silver. Additionally, as I mentioned in my July newsletter, nickel has been associated with some metal allergies.  

Silver overlay is a process of applying a thick layer of sterling silver to nickel silver. The plating is thicker than silver-plated. Sterling overlay is more expensive than plated but less than sterling silver.

Argentium® sterling silver is a trademarked brand of sterling silver that resists tarnish and is more expensive than standard sterling silver. It combines silver and germanium verses silver and copper.

As I mentioned in my July and August newsletters, the majority of my fused glass jewelry is silver plated but can be changed to sterling silver for the price of the silver finding (e.g., rings $15, Pendants, or earrings). If you would like me to do another “Did you know..” on Gold or the difference between Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous, Base vs. Noble, or Precious vs. Non-Precious metals please let me know.

This information came from various internet sites.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Karen

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