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November 2013 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- November Blogs

- Did you know ...

Fresh From the Kiln:

It was another busy month for me, I had a home show (thanks Denise) and I participated in the Rampart HS Craft Show (congrats Carol).  Even with all of that I was able to come up with something special for this month's Fresh From the Kiln.

It's similar to my Peacock for October's Newsletter but I love my tree of life. It's set in iridized green aventurine, one of my very favorite glass types. So this is just one of my Fused Glass artwork pieces fresh from the kiln for November.

Additionally, I uploaded another YouTube video (showing how to apply decals to my fused glass) to my YouTube channel. Information is also listed below in November Blog highlights.

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Upcoming Events:

December 7th and 8th  2013 Doherty Arts and 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 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 events 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! But Please Remind me of the Discount, because my mind doesn't always work quite right.

Additionally, I conduct a drawing at each craft fair (Congratulations Carol from the Rampart 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.

November Blog Highlights:

Fused Glass Sign with Various types of Decals including Sepia

Fused Glass Pendants, Night Lights, etc with Decals

 A blog explaining the various types of decals on my fused glass pendants, night lights etc. Read online.

How Decals are added to Fused Glass Artwork

My blog last week was on what decals are and which ones I use. I thought I'd give you a little video of some of the decals I have available and how I apply them. Read online.

Green Crystal Glass Spa Bar with Fused Glass Embellishment

Fused Glass Embellished Spa Bars & Nail Files

 The Crystal Glass Spa Bars are similar to the nail files I have on the site and are European made and won't wear down and can be used on both sides. Read online.

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Product Review "Warm Glass..."

I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes (see August Blogs), eBooks, or actual books. Read online.

Upcoming Craft Shows

Fused Glass Home Show

Had a great time with the ladies during a fused glass home show.

Upcoming Arts and Crafts Shows: Rampart high school on the 23rd of Nov (Congrats Carol), Doherty HS on the 7 & 8 Dec, and Palmer on the 15 & 16th of Dec. Read online.

Fused Glass Sepia Taurus Pendant

Fused Glass Zodiac Symbols

I thought it would be fun to list some available symbols that can be added to fused glass through decals. One of the favorites and a standard is the Zodiac.  Read online.

Fused Glass Drawing

The Fused Glass Winner is.....

# 4 -w as Carol N. - Congratulations!!!  Read online.

Purple Fairy Fused Glass Pendant

Colors of Fused Glass

I use various colors of Glass  in my fused glass artwork. Coll is all around us.  Read online.

Chinese Zodiac Calendar

Fused Glass Chinese Zodiac Signs

Chinese Zodiac Signs – The 12 Animals Twelve animals represent the rotating 12-year cycle that is the basis of the Chinese Zodiac. I can create fused glass with any Chinese Zodiac Sign. 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.

What is the difference between a mineral and a gemstone? Also what's the difference between precious and non-precious gemstones.

Both minerals and gemstones have their own science. The science of minerals is called mineralogy and gemology is a branch of mineralogy.

Minerals occur naturally in the earth’s crust and are defined as inorganic solids that have characteristic chemical composition and crystalline structures. With over 2000 known minerals, each has its own definite chemical composition. Minerals are identified by seven properties i.e., color, luster, hardness, streak, cleavage, fracture, and crystal form.

All minerals may be refer to as stones or rocks. Rocks are divided into igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Certain rocks e.g., lapis lazuli are also used for jewelry, and are therefore considered gemstones.

A gemstone is either precious or semiprecious stone cut, polished, and used in a piece of jewelry in an aesthetic manner. In modern usage, the precious stones are diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious. Traditionally these “precious” stones command a premium price due to their extraordinary color or brilliance and extreme rarity. The category “precious” has changed with time, place, and culture. For example, the ancient Greeks considered amethysts as "precious"; however, today amethyst is regarded as a semi-precious stone because so many have been found.

Most gemstones are minerals that were selected for beauty and durability, then cut and polished for use as jewelry. Most gems are minerals but some gemstones are organics (created by living organisms) e.g., pearls, coral, amber, etc.,. A gemstone’s value is based on rarity and rare quality. Of the approximately 3,000 minerals that are admired for their beauty, cut, and polished only around two hundred are set into jewelry and are recognized as gemstones. The basic factors that contribute to the value of a gemstone are BEAUTY (color, luster, perfection of cutting, etc.) durability, rarity, demand (or vogue), tradition, and portability.

Despite the distinction between precious stones and semi-precious stones, it is not always true that precious stones are more valuable or rare than a semi-precious stone. For example, a green garnet known as Tsavorite is classified as a semi-precious stone; however, it is more valuable than an emerald. Now, value is measured by several different factors, and precious stones often do not always hold more value than semi-precious stones.

In my opinion, the label of precious vs. semi-precious is used to promote and sell jewelry.  Bottom line, chose jewelry based on what you like not based on whether it is a precious stone, semi-precious stone, or fused glass. So tell me is the pendant to the right a Red Jasper (gemstone) or Fused Glass?

*The information above is from http://www.americangemsociety.org, http://www.gemstones-guide.com, and http://geology.com/.

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