April 2014 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- April Blogs * blogs will now only be on Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

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Fresh From the Kiln:

April's Fresh From The Kiln - Fused Glass Tree-man

April's Fresh From The Kiln - Fused Glass Tree-man

So April is Earth month and in fact last week was earth day, so I thought I'd show you my new Fused Glass Art fresh from the kiln. It's a man, no it's a tree,  no it's tree man.

As I've mentioned several times pictures do not do fused glass justice and this is no exception. What you can't see …

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Upcoming Events:

In May, hopefully I will be doing two home shows:

- One at my house, I'm conducting it for a specific group of ladies however I'll leave some fused glass items up if you'd like to come over please call or email me to ensure I'm home.

- One at a friends house.

*If you would like to learn more about hosting a home show and learning about special incentives involve please email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

April's Blog Highlights: *My blogs are posted NLT each Sunday of the WEEK just check Elegant Fused Glass by Karen.

Fused Glass Faux Diamond

Fused Glass Simulant Diamond - April Birthstone

Normally I create a fused glass simulant for each monthly birthstone – obviously, I cannot duplicate diamonds in glass. However, for my Fused Glass  Diamond version of April’s Birthstone I use Dichroic glass which has sparkle, texture, fire, and brilliance. Read more.

Fused Glass Easter Pendants

Easter fused glass pendants

Since Easter occurs in April this year, I thought I would explain Easter along with some of my Easter fused glass pendants. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like one of the Easter fused glass pendants (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com) as …Read more.

April's Fused Glass Awareness Pendants

Fused Glass April Awareness Ribbons & Puzzle

There are several awareness causes and ribbons dedicated to the month of April.  I have several Fused Glass April Awareness  pieces that represents various April awareness causes / ribbons including the puzzle for Autism Awareness. April is considered Autism Awareness (puzzle) month as well as Child Abuse Prevention Month …Read more.

Fused Glass Taurus Pendants

Fused Glass Taurus (Zodiac)

According to Western Zodiac Taurus is the symbol for the bull. I have fused glass Taurus pendants that have different types of Taurus decals fused on top that will not scratch off.  Additionally, any fused glass Taurus pendant (or any other fused glass pendant) can be changed to …Read more.

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Fused Glass Book Review - Beginning Fusing & Beyond

I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes, eBooks, or actual books. I thought I would write a few Fused Glass book reviews on the various books I have purchased. Please understand this is my personal view and is not intended to offend anyone. I just like trying new things …Read more.

Fused Glass Night Lights

Fused Glass Night Lights - Art that's Functional

One of my favorite aspects about Fused Glass is how versatile it is. Most people by now have seen Fused Glass jewelry but there is so much more to Fused Glass than jewelry and one of my favorites is Fused Glass Night Lights.  One challenge with Fused Glass is it is difficult to photograph so I thought I'd create a …Read more.

20 Different Fused Glass Pendants

Ok I've finally done it. I've added 20 different Fused Glass Pendants and so much more to my Elegant Fused Glass by Karen website. All of these Fused glass pendants are unique and handcrafted by me in my Colorado Springs home studio! So check them out, remember the camera doesn't do fused glass justice. Dichroic glass is beautiful and has such depth and photography …Read more.

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.

Did you know it is rare for diamond to not have a flaw?

Since April’s birthstone is Diamond (seem my blog about my Fused Glass April’s Birthstone), I thought I would give some information how diamonds are judged.

Every diamond is unique. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure. Diamonds often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). Diamonds without “birthmarks” are rare, which affects a diamond’s value.

Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats: one carat is equal to 0.2 grams. The majority of diamonds used in fine jewelry weigh one carat or less. Remember, Carat is different than karat; karat refers to the purity of gold. The carat, the standard unit of weight for diamonds and other gemstones, takes its name from the carob seed. Because these small seeds had a fairly uniform weight, early gem traders used them as counterweights in their balance scales. The modern metric carat, equal to 0.2 grams, was adopted by the United States in 1913 and is the same in the rest of the world. A carat is divided into 100 points; e.g., a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. Two diamonds of equal weight can have different values based on one of the other four C’s: clarity, color, and cut.

  •  Cut has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty. The more precise the cut, the more captivating the diamond is to the eye. In determining the quality of the cut, the grader evaluates the cutter’s skill in the fashioning of the diamond; technology. Cut is the factor that fuels a diamond’s fire, sparkle, and brilliance.
  •  Color is all about what you cannot see in diamonds. Gem-quality diamonds occur in many hues. Colorless diamonds are the rarest. Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness – the less color, the higher their value. Other natural colors (Blue, Red, and Pink for example) are known as fancy – their color grading is different than from white diamonds.
  •  Clarity refers to lack of internal inclusions or external blemishes. Diamonds without inclusions or blemishes are rare; however, most characteristics can only be seen with 10× magnification.
  • Carat is the diamond’s physical weight measured in metric carats. One carat equals 1/5 gram and is subdivided into 100 points. Carat weight is the most objective of the 4Cs. It involves no estimates, comparisons or judgments

Using the GIA International Diamond Grading System™, diamonds are assigned a clarity grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamonds with obvious inclusions (I3).

  • Flawless (FL) - No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
  •   Internally Flawless (IF) - No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) - Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10× magnification
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) - Inclusions are minor and range from difficult to somewhat easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) - Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader under 10x magnification

Included (I1, I2, and I3) - Inclusions are obvious under 10× magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance

Let me know if you have any questions elegantfusedglass@gmail.com. * The majority of my information was obtained from American Gem society.

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