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October 2013 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- October Blogs

- Did you know ...

Fresh From the Kiln:

It was another busy month for me. My family and I went on our first vacation in several years so I was working double time in my studio to get ready for my Christmas Shows (see upcoming events below). So this is just one of my Fused Glass artwork pieces fresh from the kiln. If you want to see some of my other fused glass pieces, checkout my blogs below.

This is an iridized aventurine green Peacock panel. It is so pretty the picture just doesn't do it justice. As of right now this is for display on a stand but I may slump it into a slight bowl so it can hang on the wall verses sitting on a shelf.

 I look forward to your comments. K

Upcoming Events:

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)

*Remember photography does not do my fused glass artwork justice. I'll include more information for the craft bazaars as it becomes available. As of right now they only have 2012 information. I typically don't bring much from the sites so, if there is fused glass artwork you want to see from one of my sites please email me and I'll bring it to an event for you.   Over 80% of my fused glass artwork you will see at one of the everts above are new items that have never been on any of my web sites. So please come by and see me and my fused glass artwork in person.

Anyone who comes by and mentions my blog or newsletter will get 10% off their total purchase!

Additionally, I conduct a drawing at each craft fair. If you sign up (provide an active email address) for our monthly (last Sunday of the month) fused glass newsletter & sale notifications you will be entered into the drawing (for any $25 fused glass artwork of YOUR choice). There is no purchase necessary.  If you have any questions please email me.

October Blog Highlights:

Handcrafted Fused Glass Night light. This one is white iridized with a screen-printed owl decal. Very beautiful.

Celebrating American Craft Week

This year’s celebration was from the 4th to the 13th of October. It was the 4th year celebrating American Crafts with over 34 states (including the District of Columbia) participating.  Read online.

Fused Glass Winter Aspen Panel

Fused Glass Fall and Winter Aspens

As many of you know, I live in the beautiful state of Colorado and we have Aspen trees everywhere (including our front yard). I love how they change colors and I love their straight skinny (envious maybe) trunks. So of course I wanted to create them in Fused Glass! Read online.

Handcrafted Textured Sterling Silver and Fused Glass Pendant

Metalsmithing with Lexi Erickson

 I really love how metal (silver, copper, etc) enhances fused glass. Read online.

Fused Glass Egyptian Blue and iridized on edge platter.

Fused Glass Parties

Fused Glass get together with my good friend Diane. Read online.

Fused Glass Vanilla Bowl

Book Review: Joy of Fusing

I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes (see August Blogs),
eBooks, or actual books. I also like trying new products therefore, I
thought I would write a few book reviews on the various books I have
purchased. Read online.

Custom purple streaky fused glass earrings with rose decals

Custom Fused Glass Artwork

I enjoy making fused glass and I enjoy making custom fused glass. I have created custom fused glass pieces for several people. 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 how long fused glass has been around? 

For my past newsletters (July and August, & September) I have provided a lot of information regarding metals. The reason is recently I have taken metalsmithing classes with the wonderful and talented Lexi Erickson. To say the least when I start something I typically dive in headfirst and therefore I like to learn about the medium i.e., metal. That being said, I do not want ya’ll to think I have lost any of my passion for Fused Glass.

Not a chance! Anyone who talks to me knows that I love fused glass and have even told Lexi the metal supports my fused glass not the other way around. So for this month's “Did you know” section I want to talk about glass.

Glass is believed to have been created around 3000 BC, during the Bronze Age. There is archeological evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with Fused Glass techniques around 2000 BC. Fusing was the primary method of making small glass objects for approximately 2,000 years.

How glass is made has changed very little since it was first created. Glass is made from sand (65%), sodium carbonate (15%) and limestone (5%). The sodium carbonate and limestone make the glass more durable. An additional ingredient is to add color i.e., metallic oxide (cobalt for blue, chrome for green, manganese for purple, gold for pinks and roses, and erbium (rare) for pale pink). Yes gold and erbium, which is why pink glass is very expensive. If you are really curious to see how glass is made, bullseye (the manufacturer of the glass I use) has a fabulous video out explaining the art glass process. http://www.bullseyeglass.com/education/what-is-glass.html

For fusing purposes art glass is produced in the follow manner: sheet glass (for fused panels, plates, and for slumping), frits are ground grains of glass (powder, fine, medium and coarse) that can be used for casting, tapestry, or frit painting, rods and stringers (typically for Flameworking, however can be used in fusing as well), and billets (used for casting). As for me, I use sheet glass to make bowls, plates, etc., but I can also cut it up and use it for jewelry and as components for other techniques. I am also really starting to use frits (every size and color) for numerous fused glass techniques including frit painting, bowls, jewelry, etc. I bought some glass rods the other day and I am actually going to make a plate soon so we will see how that works out. I have never used billets; they are typically for larger casting projects.

Some of the key phrases I use in my fused glass descriptions are listed below:

Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures (from 1,099°F to 1,501 F) until they bond. There are three main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass. Firing the glass at the higher spectrum of the temperature range 1350–1501 F is a "full fuse".

Kiln is an oven used to heat and fuse glass.

Fire polishing is using the kiln to expose glass objects to significant heat so it assumes a smooth surface. Firing in the middle ranges temperatures 1251–1350°F is also considered "tack fusing".

Casting is the generic name for techniques used to form glass in a mold.

Slumping (sagging / bending) is the process of reheating a formed glass blank, until it becomes soft and gradually assumes the shape of the mold. Firing in the lower ranges temperatures 1099–1251°F is used for slumping.

A mold is a form used for shaping and/ or decorating molten glass. Molds are used to give the object its final form by draping (over the mold), drop (through the mold), or slumping (into the mold). Most molds are now made of metal or ceramic.

Cold working is the collective term for several techniques to alter or decorate glass when the glass is cold. Some of the cold-working techniques include sandblasting, grinding, polishing etc.

Vitrograph is glass that is in a crucible that is heated to 1700 degrees and flows from a hole in the kiln floor in a stream of molten glass. It is used to make stringers and other abstract shapes that can then be used as components in other fusing projects

Flameworking/lampworking is the technique of forming objects from glass rods that, when heated in a flame, become soft and can be manipulated into the desired shape.

Hopefully this will help you understand some of the words I use in the descriptions of my fused glass artwork. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Karen

*The information above is from my experiences, the bullseye website, and wikapedia.

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